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Building a future: Interim impact findings from the YouthBuild evaluation

Individual Author: 
Miller, Cynthia
Millenky, Megan
Schwartz, Lisa
Goble, Lisbeth
Stein, Jillian

Young people have been hit especially hard by changes in the labor market over the past decades. Unemployment among 16- to 24-year-olds increased the most of any age group during the recent recession, and remains more than double that among older adults. The unemployment rate is especially high for young people without high school diplomas. YouthBuild is one program that attempts to help this group, serving over 10,000 of them each year at over 250 organizations nationwide.

State TANF policies - A graphical overview of state TANF policies as of July 2016

Individual Author: 
Thompson, Megan
Minton, Sarah
Heffernan, Christine
Giannarelli, Linda

This brief is a companion to the 2016 Welfare Rules Databook and provides a graphical overview of selected state policy differences for TANF cash assistance. The policies are taken from the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a database maintained by the Urban Institute and funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Child and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Supporting the psychological well-being of the early care and education workforce: Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education

Individual Author: 
Madill, Rebecca
Halle, Tamara
Gebhart, Tracy
Shuey, Elizabeth

While many efforts to improve the quality of early care and education (ECE) have focused on increasing teachers’ and caregivers’ competencies and knowledge specific to the teaching of young children, a small body of research suggests that an ECE workforce that is mentally healthy can provide the best-quality care for children.

Reflections on the relevance of “self-regulation” for native communities

Individual Author: 
Tsethlikai, M.
Murray, D.W.
Meyer, A.M.
Sparrow, J.

The words that comprise “self-regulation” (e.g., ‘self’ and ‘regulation’) may be problematic for many Native communities that emphasize community and learning through observing, internalizing, and doing.  Self-regulation may still be relevant for Native communities because self-regulation occurs in relationships, can be developed through a range of different ways of learning, and can serve the well-being of whole communities. (Author abstract)


The 2017 KIDS COUNT data book: State trends in child well-being

Individual Author: 
Gutierrez, Florencia
Speer, Laura
Boughamer, Beau
Fox, Ryan
Hamilton, Lisa
Hodgins, John
Laracy, Michael
West, Norris
Cauthen, Nancy

The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book urges policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults. The Data Book also shows the child poverty rate in 2015 continued to drop, landing at 21%. In addition, children experienced gains in reading proficiency and a significant increase in the number of kids with health insurance.

The opioid crisis and economic opportunity: Geographic and economic trends

Individual Author: 
Ghertner, Robin
Groves, Lincoln

This study examines relationships between indicators of economic opportunity and the prevalence of prescription opioids and substance use in the United States. Overall, areas with lower economic opportunity are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis. However, the extent of that relationship varies regionally.

Encouraging attendance and engagement in parenting programs: Developing a smartphone application with fathers, for fathers

Individual Author: 
Balu, Rekha
Lee, Shawna
Steimle, Samantha

Building Bridges and Bonds (B3), a federally funded study of Responsible Fatherhood programs, is testing a set of innovative approaches designed to help fathers advance their parenting and employment skills. One of these innovations is a new smartphone based application called DadTime. It is one of the first mobile applications specifically designed to help fathers improve their engagement with and attendance at parenting programs. This brief, the second in a series of publications on B3, describes how MDRC collaborated with fathers to develop DadTime.

Tribal family law clients: A practitioner's guide to best serve your client in child support proceedings

Individual Author: 
Ford, Jerry
Held, Jillian
Mendez, Nancy

There has been a vast growth in the complexity of tribal family law practice requiring a careful study by the practitioner of the options open to tribal members. As an introduction to the representation of tribal members in family law, this discussion will not be a detailed look at statutory or case law, but instead will be an overview with suggestions for further investigation and research. It is apparent throughout the country that nontribal lawyers need to educate themselves about the nature and functions of tribal courts.