Philip Uninsky, executive director of the Youth Policy Institute (Hamilton, NY), shared his experiences and lessons learned in successfully implementing a broad continuum of evidence-based early intervention programs to improve academic outcomes and reduce or prevent substance abuse, juvenile detention, and foster care placements. Evaluations thus far show that outcomes meet or exceed those predicted by the research. Mr. Uninsky offered timely and relevant insights to national policy makers and others focused on advancing proven program models. Mr. Uninsky’s presentation was followed by commentary from policy experts Larkin Tackett, U.S. Department of Education, Promise Neighborhood Initiative; Sonja Nesbit, Deputy Staff Director, House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support; and Cliff Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities.
December 2, 2009
Marriage has become a divisive issue in the United States, both ideologically and socially, with substantial differences in family structure and father involvement across race and ethnicity, income, and education. Today, nearly four in ten births occur outside of marriage, cohabitation is rising, and nearly half of all marriages dissolve. Efforts to strengthen marriage have been driven by considerable evidence that family structure matters for the health, wealth, and happiness of both adults and children. However, even if people agree on the desirability of marriage, or on the value of healthy marriage, the challenges to fostering marriage are substantial.
Child Trends is concerned about this topic because of evidence that children develop best in families formed by their biological or adoptive parents, as long as the families are low in conflict. What should public policy do? Is it time to move on to other issues? Or are there reasons to keep marriage on the policy and program agenda?
Presenters: Kristin Moore, Ronald Mincy of the Columbia School of Social Work
December 12, 2008
Presenters: Kristin Moore, Isabel Sawhill of The Brookings Institution
October 17, 2007