Bethesda–Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center on child and youth issues, has been awarded five contracts and grants with agencies and offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is a subcontractor on four other federal contracts and grants. The contracts and grants have a combined value of more than $20 million over the next five years and together represent the largest total new federal dollars won by the organization in a single year.
The contracts and grants are as follows:
- Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families—Child Trends was awarded a new cooperative agreement to establish a Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families, to lead and support investigation of the needs of Hispanic populations served by the Administration for Children and Families and promising approaches to promote social and economic well-being among low-income Hispanic families. Other parties to the cooperative agreement include: Abt Associates; New York University; University of Maryland, College Park; and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The contract has a value of $5.2 million and a term of five years.
- Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analyses (CCEEPRA) project—Child Trends won a re-compete bid to conduct research to answer questions identified by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families that will inform the activities of programs providing services to low‐income, at risk-children and families. The contract has a value of $4.9 million and a term of five years.
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) Training and Technical Assistance—Child Trends won a new contract to provide training and technical assistance for the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and its Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grantees to ensure implementation and sustainability of high-quality teen pregnancy prevention programs. Child Trends has subcontract agreements with the Fain Group and Capital Meeting Planning to coordinate efforts to provide training and technical assistance to TPP grantees. The contract is valued at $4.7 million with a term of five years.
- Development of Comprehensive Adolescent Health Information and Consultation on Integrated Strategic Communications for the Office of Adolescent Health—Child Trends won a re-compete bid to provide integrated communications and website services for the Office of Adolescent Health. Child Trends has subcontract agreements with True North Group and Banyan Communications to provide a full suite of research content, communication, and website design services. The contract is valued at $3.6 million with a term of five years.
- Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education: Models and Measures—Child Trends won a new contract, funded by ACF/OPRE, to bring experts together to provide analyses of the state of the science and programming and implications for program models in order to develop recommendations for “next-generation” marriage and relationship education models for diverse populations; and, develop recommendations for refinements or alternatives to measures and measurement methods that are specific to the populations and interventions being evaluated. The contract is valued at $275,000 with a term of eight months.
- Other Government Agreements—Child Trends was selected as a subcontractor for four other federal contracts and grants with a total value of more than $2.1 million. These include state projects addressing such issues as foster care, youth and young adult homelessness, kindergarten entry assessments, and early childhood development.
“Child Trends is honored to provide research, evaluation, technical assistance, and communication services to support the important work of these federal and state agencies and offices,” said Child Trends President Carol Emig. “This work will allow us to advance our mission of improving the lives and prospects of children and youth. With more than 100 staff and an annual revenue of about $13 million, Child Trends has the capacity, experience, and expertise to undertake a wide range of research on critical issues facing children and youth.”
Child Trends, based in Bethesda, Md., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well‐being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations.