Bethesda, Md.–Child Trends, a leading research organization on children, youth, and families, announced today that since January 1, 2015 it has been awarded more than two dozen new federal, state, and foundation contracts and grants valued at more than $25 million over multiple years.
“These new agreements allow Child Trends to advance its mission to improve the lives of children by creating and communicating knowledge that can better inform policies and practices in such areas as early childhood education, Hispanic children, juvenile justice, school safety, teen pregnancy prevention, adoption, foster care, and child welfare,” said Child Trends’ President, Carol Emig.
The contracts and grants are as follows:
U.S. federal contracts and grants
- National Institute of Justice for implementation and evaluation of the Safe School Certification Program in the District of Columbia
- National Institute of Justice for a study on bridging the research- to-practice gap in juvenile justice
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for reporting on best practices of the Healthy Marriage-Relationship Education program models and measures
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start in partnership with the Office of Child Care for a cooperative agreement to lead the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement as part of a consortium led by the Boston Children’s Hospital Brazelton Touchpoints Center
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) for two evaluation studies of evidence-based teen pregnancy programs, under sub-agreements with EngenderHealth for a gender transformative school-based intervention and Healthy Teen Network for an app-based intervention.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for an evaluation study of the effectiveness of a teen pregnancy prevention program designed specifically for young males, under a sub-agreement with Promundo for a gender transformative juvenile detention center-based program.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, under a sub-agreement with ICF International
State and local contracts and grants
- Arizona First Things First for an implementation and validation study of the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System for early child care and education programs
- Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Care Quality Initiatives for a validation study of the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System for early child care and education programs
- Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning for a validation study of the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System for early child care and education programs
- Vermont Department for Children & Families, Child Development Division for an evaluation of the state’s STARS quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs
- D.C. Office of Human Rights for bullying prevention implementation services
- D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education for an evaluation study of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act
Foundation grants and other agreements
- Alliance for Early Success for research and communication services in support of state-based early childhood education policies and programs
- Annie E. Casey Foundation for research and reporting on indicators of child well-being, support of the Child Trends Hispanic Institute
- Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to operate and manage their program databases, conduct data analyses, support self-evaluation activities in the 17 sites; and communicate findings on their work serving youth aging out of foster care
- Crimsonbridge for research and communication services in support of programs serving Latino families
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for database management of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program
- The JPB Foundation to design and test an evidence-informed program to reduce childbearing among low-income Latino teens
- 1000 Days for a research report on child nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life
About Child Trends
Child Trends is the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 36 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families. We have more than 120 staff in three offices and multiple locations around the country, including our headquarters in Bethesda, Md. childtrends.org