Child Trends partners with a variety of organizations on initiatives that aim to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families. Details about these partnerships, and links to find more information about them, are presented below.
Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative
The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) was established in 2012 with core funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (MCHB HRSA) and received a new five-year award from MCHB HRSA in 2017. HARC aims to strengthen and broaden the impact of home visiting using innovative research to achieve precision home visiting, or home visiting that differentiates what works, for whom, and in what contexts.
Partner: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) is a hub of research to help programs and policy better serve low-income Hispanics children and families. The Center’s research focuses on poverty reduction and economic self-sufficiency; fatherhood, family structure, and family dynamics; and early care and education. The Center is supported by a cooperative agreement (grant #90PH0028) from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Partners: NORC at the University of Chicago, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Marriage Strengthening and Dissemination Center
The Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (MAST Center) supports research and evaluation on marriage, relationships, and families in the United States to help inform Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) and related programs. The MAST Center was established in 2018 by a five-year cooperative agreement (grant #90PR0012) from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Partners: Bowling Green University, Public Strategies, OPRE
The Positive Parenting News Service was created to report on new research about child development and broaden the public’s access to information that can inform their parenting decisions. While Positive Parenting reporting is relevant to all parents, it focuses on issues of specific interest to Latino parents regarding their children—the fastest-growing group of children in the United States. Positive Parenting features new research and presents information about research-based parenting practices in video news reports in both English and Spanish. Positive Parenting is a collaboration between the Child Trends Hispanic Institute, a Child Trends initiative, and Ivanhoe Broadcast News, a syndicated news company. Child Trends received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the Child Trends News Service Project to support this work.
Partner: Ivanhoe Broadcast News
State of Babies
The State of Babies Yearbook, an initiative of the Think Babies campaign, compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers. Launched in 2019, the Yearbook provides policymakers and advocates with national and state-level data to help them advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families. The Yearbook compiles nearly 60 indicators—specifically for children ages 0 to 3—to measure progress across three policy areas: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. The information provided in the Yearbook can help states identify problem areas that they can tackle to support their infants and toddlers.
Partner: Zero to Three