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Pam Joshi, Erin Hardy and Ioana Crisan receiving the Heller Research Award

 MA Child Care Subsidies Research Team wins the Heller Research Award

April 2016

ICYFP's MA Child Care Subsidies research team won the inaugural Heller Research award for its mixed-methods evaluation of changes in administrative procedures that have the potential to increase the stability of receipt and continuity of child care arrangements in MA. These findings have already impacted the Obama Administration's new child care subsidy regulations. This team is comprised of ICYFP researchers Pam Joshi, Erin Hardy, Ioana Crisan and PhD students Kate Giapponi and Diana Serrano.

DDK team with David Norris

White House invites diversitydatakids to demo new "How Affordable is Opportunity?" Tool

March 2016 

The project was invited to participate in a two month intensive design process for The Opportunity Project—a joint initiative of the White House, HUD, Census Bureau and Presidential Innovation Fellows. The team demoed its newly developed How Affordable is Opportunity? Tool at the kick-off event with Administration officials that highlighted new ways that the public and private sectors can spur innovations and empower communities to leverage technology and open data to expand access to opportunity.

Webinar Cover Held a Webinar about the Family and Medical Leave Act

December 2015 held a webinar with PolicyLink and Family Values @ Work showcasing new data indicators that measure access gaps across race/ethnicity to Family and Medical Leave Act unpaid leave: “Data Tools for Policy Change: Paid Family Leave Policies to Advance Health Equity and Build an Inclusive Economy.”

Picture of Morgan CrossmanMorgan Crossman Accepted to Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship

December 2015

Morgan Crossman, a recent Doctoral graduate from the Child, Youth and Family concentration, was accepted to the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

ICYFP team with BLS regional commissionerICYFP Researchers Received the Lawrence R. Klein Award

April 2015

Alison Earle, Kimberly Geronimo, Pamela Joshi and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia received the Lawrence R. Klein Award from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This award was for a paper published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review titled “Job characteristics among working parents: differences by race, ethnicity, and nativity.” While in Washington for the reception, they also had the opportunity to meet with federal agencies and organizations and discuss their research.

Diana Serrano HeadshotDiana Serrano Accepted to Public Policy Fellowship at Rappaport Institute

March 16, 2015

Diana Serrano, second year PhD student in the Children, Youth and Families concentration, has been accepted to the Public Policy Summer 2015 Fellowship program at the  Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Rosenfeld Gives Talk on Policy Evaluation of MA School Nutrition Standards

March 3, 2015

Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, ICYFP Scientist and Lecturer, gave a talk to the Heller School community titled, “The NOURISH Study: A Policy Evaluation of New School Nutrition Standards in Massachusetts” as a part of the school's Tuesday Talks series.

Rosenfeld photoRosenfeld Awarded Grant from American Occupational Therapy Foundation 

January 23, 2015

Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, ICYFP Scientist and Lecturer, has been awarded a grant from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation as a subrecipient in partnership with Dr. Jessica Kramer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University.

The ConversationDodson Publishes Article "We Don't Fight Poverty Anymore"

January 15, 2015

In a new article in The Conversation, ICYFP Senior Scientist Dr. Lisa Dodson calls for a renewed conversation about "the elephant in the room," namely the responsibility to offer fair and living wages to workers that will allow them to care for themselves and their children. 

Mission and Vision of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy

The mission of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) is to conduct and disseminate policy relevant research on the well-being, health and development of children and their families. 

ICYFP’s vision is that all children should be able or enabled to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (2004) definition of children’s health, that is, to develop and realize their potential, satisfy their needs, and develop the capacities that allow them to interact successfully with their biological, physical, and social environments.

There are vast global, national and local inequities in the ability of children to achieve health. ICYFP research seeks to understand the causes of these inequities and to offer program and policy solutions to alleviate them. ICYFP has a special focus on vulnerable children and their families, including those children who have fewer opportunities for achieving health due to their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status or disability status. 

ICYFP research is informed by the notion that "children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today" (Janusz Korczak), that children have basic rights (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), and that improving the well-being of children through social policy is a good investment in the future (Institute of Medicine 2004).

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