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Picture of pre-school childrenMassachusetts Department of Early Education and Care forms new partnership with researchers from ICYFP and Boston University to assess potential CCDBG policy changes

February 21, 2017

ICYFP researchers Pamela Joshi, Kate Giapponi, Erin Hardy and Diana Serrano and Boston University’s Yoonsook Ha were awarded a new contract with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to establish a research partnership to 1) provide research support for EEC’s review of policies in response to new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations focused on quality improvement and 2) develop a plan to evaluate the implementation/effectiveness of a change in state CCDBG policy aimed at increasing access to high quality care. Click here to learn more!

Racial composition chartICYFP team publishes study finding positive effects of Head Start on Children

December 31, 2016

ICYFP researchers Pamela Joshi, Kimberly Geronimo, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia published Head Start since the War on Poverty: Taking on New Challenges to Address Persistent School Readiness Gaps this December in Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. Click here for the full article!

Picture of Pamela JoshiPam Joshi presents "Job quality and racial equity" at EARN conference 2016

December 16, 2016

Pam Joshi presented about racial/ethnic differences in parents’ job quality at the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) conference in St. Louis. The workshop entitled, “Job quality and racial equity” explored inequities in the job market and the quality of jobs by race and ethnicity. Panelists discussed wage inequity, occupational segregation by race and gender, how workers of color are impacted by the uneven enforcement of employment laws and regulations, disparities in access to core job benefits such as paid family and medical leave and health coverage, and the challenges facing immigrant workers. The moderator of the panel was Tamara Draut from Demos and other panelists included representatives from Missouri Jobs with Justice and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).


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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