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Kate Giapponi headshotGiapponi Wins Graduate Student Research Grant for Dissertation Research

October 8, 2014

Kate Giapponi, fourth-year CYF PhD student and graduate research assistant on ICYFP’s Massachusetts Child Care Research Partnership Project, has been awarded the Early Care and Education Scholars Child Care Graduate Student Research Grant to fund her dissertation research. 

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia headshotAcevedo-Garcia Joins Advisory Board for HUD Journal Cityscape

September 26, 2014

Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Director of ICYFP, has been asked to join the advisory board of Cityscape, the scholarly journal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Robyn Powell headshotRobyn Powell Publishes Article in the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Reporter

September 22, 2014

Robyn Powell, Esc., first year PhD student in the Child, Youth and Families concentration at the Heller School, has published an article in the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Reporter titled "From the Delivery Room to the Courtroom: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities."

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia headshotAcevedo-Garcia Contributes to Discussion on Comparative Perspectives on Segregation

September 17, 2014

Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Director of ICYFP, published a commentary in The Dream Revisited, a "slow debate" blog run by the NYU Furman Center's Integration Research Initiative titled "Reflections on a Comparative Perspective Within the U.S."

Dodson headshotDodson Publishes Article on Living Wage for Care Workers in The American Prospect

September 8, 2014

Lisa Dodson, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientist at ICYFP and professor of sociology at Boston College, co-authored an article with Nancy Folbre in The American Prospect titled "What Happens When the Person Taking Care of Your Mom Can't Earn a Living Wage?"

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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