April 13, 2017: The Empirical Basis of Home Visiting

Date and Time:

Thursday April 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to noon EST


Over the last decade, families in poverty have elected to enroll in home visiting programs to strengthen their children’s likelihood of success. Evidence shows that investing in children and families has the potential to meet both social and fiscal goals, such as protecting children from the risk of trauma and maltreatment and ultimately reducing burden on taxpayers by decreasing demands for government interventions (e.g., social services, criminal justice). This briefing will focus on the scientific evidence for home visiting programs generally, and those funded through HRSA’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program more specifically. Speakers will also examine the cost-effectiveness of home-visiting programs and the future directions of research in this area, enhanced by innovation and rigorous, empirical evaluation.


Show me the Evidence: Research on Home Visiting and the MIECHV Program


Lauren Supplee, Program Area Director for Early Childhood, Child Trends

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April 9, 2017: 2017 Annual Head Start Conference and Expo

NHSA’s 44th annual National Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. From April 7 – 10, 2017, more than 4,000 executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, and parents from every state and territory will gather in Chicago, IL. The Head Start and Early Head Start community is driven like none other to provide opportunities for success in the lives of our nation’s vulnerable children. Every year the Head Start community pulls together to discuss the latest developments, innovations, and obstacles in early learning and to inspire ideas for turning challenges into opportunities.

Session Title:

Bullies in the Block Area: Understanding and Reducing Mean Behaviors in Early Childhood

Primary Speaker:

Kristen Darling-Churchill, Research Scientist, Child Trends

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April 6, 2017: 2017 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting


Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8, 2017

Symposium description:

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting is organized by SRCD and will be held during Apr 6 – 8, 2017 at Austin Convention Center, in Austin, Texas. This is an opportunity for child development professionals and other researchers to connect and exchange information and ideas. The overarching theme for the 2017 Biennial Meeting is developmental science and society. Supporting this theme are the following four areas of emphasis:

  1. Poverty, Inequality and Developmental Science
  2. Global Change and Child Development
  3. Neuroscience and Child Development
  4. Behavioral Science and Public Policy


Navigating the Challenges and Complexities of Using Child Welfare Agency Data For Measuring Child Abuse and Neglect

Date and Time:

Sat, April 8, 2017 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CST


  • Moderator: Beth Green, Portland State University
  • Panelist: Sacha Klein, Michigan State University
  • Panelist: Jessica Bartlett, Child Trends
  • Panelist: Lori Burrell, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Panelist: Sharon Vandivere, Child Trends


The Role of Developmental Science in the Juvenile Justice System

Date and Time:

Sat, April 8, 2017 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CST

Presenting Author:

Kelly Murphy, Research Scientist, Child Trends 


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April 2, 2017: Third Annual Summit on Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys and Men

The National Healthy Start Association‘s Third Annual Summit on Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys and Men will feature a discussion of insights to key issues and barriers impacting fatherhood and men, including access to affordable housing, jobs, quality education, and health; community impact of violence, incarceration and drugs with conversation about personal and community assets to overcome barriers.

Session Title:

State of Men and Fathers in America

Primary Speaker:

Elizabeth Karberg, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Child Trends

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November 3, 2016: The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective

On Thursday, Nov. 3rdLauren Supplee, an early childhood program area director, will speak at several sessions: a panel on “Building Infrastructure and Preparing Programs for Rigorous Evaluation” (8:15 to 9:45 a.m.), a roundtable on “Presenting Research Findings for Decision Makers” (1:15-2:45 p.m.), and a panel on “Improving Birth and Other Outcomes” via home visiting and other programs (3:00 to 4:30 p.m.). Child Trends research fellow Adam Thomas will speak on “Reassessing the Importance of Long-Acting Contraception” at 10:00 a.m.

On Friday, Nov 4th, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., join Child Trends staff (Kimberly Turner, Mindy Scott, and Lina Guzman) and partners for a panel discussion on “The Diverse Characteristics and Economic Circumstances of Hispanic Children and Families.” Dr. Turner will speak again at a panel on “Migration and Family” (10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.).

On Saturday, Nov 5th, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., catch Dr. Supplee again at “How Do Policymakers Find and Interpret Research to Inform Evidence-Based Decisions?Dr. Scott will present on Hispanic Couples in the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation” (1:45 p.m.). Child Trends’ Zakia Redd will present on “Integrating Trauma Systems Therapy into a Child Welfare System” at 2:25 p.m.


October 27, 2016: Designing lemonade when evaluation contexts give you lemons

We are living in a time when there is an unprecedented value in identifying “What Works.” While increasing recognition of the value of evaluation is to be celebrated, there are still obstacles to be navigated to identify optimal approaches. One is defining what constitutes “good” evidence. It is possible, for example, that “good” evidence is not always synonymous with the outcomes derived from a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Moreover, many youth serving providers operate in contexts that are not well-aligned with the requirements of a RCT. Mismatches between evaluation contexts and methodology are problematic because they may lead to erroneous findings due to the inability to sensitively assess program implementation and effectiveness in a program context. This panel will present case studies illustrating the importance of designing (and re-designing) methodology in alignment with evaluation contexts. Emphasizing the wide prevalence of this issue, the panel will describe evaluations across multiple sectors: child welfare systems, school systems, and early childhood education programs. Broad implications of lessons learned will be discussed with the audience.

Presentation 1 Author and Title: Jessica Dym Bartlett; Evaluation is what happens while you’re making other plans: Turning barriers into opportunities in the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project

Presentation 2 Author and Title: Kelly Murphy; One size doesn’t fit all: The importance of fit between design and context in evaluations of system-wide initiatives

Presentation 3 Author and Title: Joy Thompson; Making design work in the face of constraints, challenges, and knowledge gaps: Lessons from an evaluation of school start time change

Presentation 4 Author and Title: Danielle Hegseth; Validating a preschool curriculum approach: Maintaining rigor in complex research context

October 26, 2016: “Mean” Behavior and Aggression in Early Childhood

The existing body of research on bullying in older children suggests that the roots begin early. Early educators need to be able to identify and address the antecedents of bullying before these behaviors become organized. This session will provide background information about how to identify the precursors of bullying, and help you consider your role in mitigating these behaviors. In this session, you will learn:

  • the developmental trajectory to bullying behavior;
  • theories about social and environmental contributors to bullying;
  • promising strategies and models designed to prevent bullying;
  • suggestions for policies and classroom strategies to address “mean” behavior and aggression in early childhood; and
  • resources for further research and implementation.

Presenter: Kristen Darling-Churchill

October 25, 2016: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 63rd Annual Conference

Concerted Care for Foster Children: Results of the Anne E. Casey Bridging the Way Home Study

Karin Malm: Evaluating the Bridging the Way Home Program

Kelly Murphy: Results of the Bridging the Way Home Program


October 18, 2016: How to Reach and Engage with Hispanic Communities

Join us for a webinar on how to reach and engage with Hispanic communities, a new research-informed communications guide released by the Child Trends Hispanic Institute in collaboration with the Crimsonbridge Foundation. The guide is designed to help service providers and educators build communication strategies to better serve Latino children and their families. It explains how to maximize your funders’ contributions, access multiple communication channels, and many other essential strategies. The guide is also intended for funders and policymakers whose work impacts the Hispanic community.

By 2050, Hispanic children living in the United States will make up one third of the population, yet they face a number of challenges on their road to adulthood. One quarter of Latino families are expected to be living in, or near poverty by that year. Sadly, many Hispanic families don’t know how or where to get help. Some simply believe they are just not eligible for assistance, education, or scholarship programs.

We can help overcome these obstacles with an evidence-based, strategic plan with a clear series of steps. This communications guide explains all of them.


  • Opening remarks
    Gabriela Smith, President, Crimsonbridge Foundation
  • Presentation of the guide 
    Alicia Torres, Ph.D., Senior Director of Communications and Hispanic Outreach, Child Trends
    Selma Caal, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Child Trends
    Luz Guerra, Consultant
  • Respondents
    For programs-
    Sandra Gutierrez is the national program director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP/OD), the nation’s first, evidence-based comprehensive training program for Latino parents with children aged birth-5.
    For policy-
    Ann Rivera is a social science research analyst at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    For funders-
    Danielle Reyes is the executive director of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and has managed projects in the U.S. and Latin America.

October 11, 2016: Overview of States’ Progress Addressing Workforce Data Gaps and Actions Steps for Policymakers

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative’s mission is to improve the development and use of early childhood data by policymakers, practitioners, and parents. A recent report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley (CSCCE) completed a national assessment of early childhood workforce policies needed to recruit, maintain, and support a stable well-compensated high-quality workforce. The study found the lack of comprehensive workforce data continues to be an issue for many states.

Only 18 states were rated as “making headway” on four workforce data indicators. During this webinar, Dr. Caitlin McLean, Workforce Research Specialist as CSCCE, will provide an overview of how the Early Childhood Workforce Index can be used to guide policy development in states and discuss findings specific to workforce data. Dawn Woods, Child Care Director, Early Learning Division- Oregon Department of Education and Pam Deardorff, Director of Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care & Education at Portland State University will share how they have been successful using comprehensive workforce data to support early learning professionals in Oregon.

February 13, 2016: Advancing the Use of Research Evidence

The February 13 – 14 meeting will focus on three themes:

  • Conceptual and Empirical Advances about Strategies for Improving the Use of Research Evidence and Conditions of the Initiating Context
  • Measuring Promising Strategies and Uses of Research Evidence
  • The Politics of Using Research Evidence 

On Tuesday, February 13th at 1 pm, join Child Trends Research Scientist Kelly Murphy and others as they discuss conceptual and empirical advances about strategies for improving the use of research evidence.  In this session, they will lead the group in discussion about partnering with the justice system.

More information: http://wtgrantfoundation.org