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Photo of Dr. Kate Giapponi Schneider, PhDDr. Kate Giapponi Schneider‘17 is awarded the SRCD Post-Doctoral State Policy Fellowship

 June 13, 2017

ICYFP researcher Kate Giapponi Schneider, PhD was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development’s (SRCD) Post-Doctoral State Policy Fellowship (2017-2018).  She is one of only two researchers selected for this fellowship nationwide.  


Data-for-Equity Policy BriefAn estimated 5 million children to lose federal Medicaid eligibility under Affordable Care Act repeal; Hispanic and Black children disproportionately affected

May 31, 2017

New policy brief from ICYFP researchers Erin Hardy, ICYFP Fellow; Frank Li, research assistant; and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Director of ICYFP; reveals that an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal could leave 4.7 million children newly federally ineligible for Medicaid. Read the Data-for-Equity Policy Brief and explore indicators for the US, all 50 states and DC.


Webinar "Using diversitydatakids.org in the Classroom," Hosted by PiPS

May 22, 2017

title page of ICYFP researchers Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, and Nancy McArdle, MPP led participants through an overview of diversitydatakids.org before demonstrating how instructors can specifically use the site's rankings, maps, profiles and Child Opportunity Index maps to teach about Neighborhood Opportunity. Hosted by Programs in Population Sciences (PiPs, SSDAN). Watch the webinar and get the PDF here.

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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