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Giapponi headshotGiapponi Presents at 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference

November 7, 2014

Kate Giapponi, fourth-year CYF PhD student and graduate research assistant on ICYFP’s Massachusetts Child Care Research Partnership Project, presented last week on "The Impact of the Eligibility Reassessment Process on the Stability of Child Care Subsidy Receipt and Child Care Arrangement," at the 2014 APPAM fall research conference. 

Pam Joshi headshotJoshi Presents at 2014 Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium

November 13, 2014

Dr. Pamela Joshi, PhD, '01, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of ICYFP, presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC) in Washington DC on child care subsidy research.

Rosenfeld headshotRosenfeld Presents on Brandeis/March of Dimes Panel on Prematurity

November 11, 2014
Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, ICYFP Scientist and Lecturer, participated in a panel of the Brandeis March of Dimes Collegiate Council titled "Perspectives on Prematurity."

Lisa Dodson headshotDodson Publishes Paper in Family Relations on Social Network Development among Low-Income Single Mothers

November 11, 2014

Lisa Dodson, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientist at ICYFP and professor of sociology at Boston College, has published an article with co-author Dr. Amanda L. Freeman in the December 2014 issue of Family Relations titled "Social Network Development among Low-Income Single Mothers: Potential for Bridging, Bonding, and Building."

Health Affairs coverHealth Affairs Special Issue on “Collaborating For Community Health” Publishes Paper on the Child Opportunity Index

November 3, 2014
ICYFP researchers from and partners from the Kirwan Institute published an article titled “The Child Opportunity Index: Improving Collaboration Between Community Development and Public Health” finding that minority children are more likely to live in neighborhoods that are less conducive to healthy development. Full text available in the Spotlight and News section of

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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