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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.


Graph showing share of children by race/ethnicity in very low opportunity neighborhoodsICYFP Fellow Erin Hardy presented in the plenary “Shaping Economic Futures: The Role of Communities” at the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

May 12, 2017

Washington, D.C.—Ms. Erin Hardy's plenary entitled “Why and How Racial/Ethnic Equity Matters,” addressed  racial/ethnic neighborhood opportunity inequities that exist in the U.S.; introduced the diversitydatakids.org-Kirwan Institute Child Opportunity Index (COI); and discussed research-motivated, race/ethnicity-conscious strategies for improving neighborhood opportunities of all low-income children. 


Housing Policy Debate Issue 3 coverFamilies who received housing vouchers and counseling experienced substantial improvements not only in neighborhood poverty but across a wide range of neighborhood conditions, including economic conditions, social and physical features of the neighborhood environment, and health outcomes

May 10, 2017

ICYFP director Dolores Acevedo–Garcia along with Quynh C. Nguyen, Nicole M. Schmidt, and Theresa L. Osypuk (ICYFP Visiting Scholar) published a paper entitled “The effects of a housing mobility experiment on participants’ residential environments” in Issue 3 of Housing Policy Debate

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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