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Photo of Tom SannicandroFormer CYF student Dr. Tom Sannicandro is appointed as the new Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts, Boston  

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Sannicardro, Ph. D (class 2016), on his appointment as the new Director of the ICI at UMass Boston! Dr. Sannicardro has devoted his career to advocating for rights of people with disabilities.

Photo of Erin Hardy at cceeprc 2017ICYFP researchers Pamela Joshi and Erin Hardy presented at the 2017 Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

March 1, 2017

Dr. Joshi presented on the process of translating research into policy and moderated a discussion on equity in access to early childhood care education opportunities. Ms. Hardy presented research on the spatial distribution of subsidized child care providers in Massachusetts and led a workshop on how early childhood care and education researchers can incorporate spatial methods. 

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.

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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