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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.

Housing Policy Debate coverTrading off neighborhood opportunity and affordability in large metro areas

January 26, 2017

ICYFP researchers with the Kirwan institute published Neighborhood Opportunity and Location Affordability for Low-Income Renter Families in the September 2016 issue of Housing Policy Debate. The study reveal the difficult trade-offs that low-income renter families face in obtaining affordable housing in higher-opportunity neighborhoods and the particular disadvantages encountered by black and Hispanic families with children. 

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!

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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