Child Trends promotes the well-being of all children and youth through applied research that informs public policies, builds the evidence base for what works, and mines data to identify young people who are overlooked or ill served by public systems. Our research is known for its rigor and objectivity, making Child Trends a uniquely powerful and respected voice for children and youth.
Our expertise spans multiple fields, including early childhood, child welfare, school climate, reproductive health, family formation, juvenile justice, trauma, and youth development.
Our deep knowledge of child and youth development shines through all our work. Our multidisciplinary staff of more than 100 experts—with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, demography, data science, public health, education—bring both passion and rigor to their work.
We employ established and innovative methodologies and data sources, and we value the lived experiences of the children, families, and communities we study.
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