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New Report

The Human Genome Project mapped human genes in order to understand their role in health and disease. The Social Genome Project, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution, Child Trends, and the Urban Institute, maps other things that matter - such as birth weight or reading scores - to determine their roles in enabling or impeding economic success. Using the Social Genome Model, Child Trends ran a simulation to find out whether and to what extent the children of teen mothers would fare better if their mothers gave birth at a later age and/or graduated from high school. We found strong links between increasing maternal education among teen mothers and improving well-being in the next generation. 

Measuring the quality of family and provider/teacher relationships

The relationship between families and their early care providers or teachers is an important factor in promoting positive child outcomes. The Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) project offers tools for measuring the quality of these relationships. Three webinars will provide information about FPTRQ specifics, targeted to different audiences. Attendees will learn about the project, survey development, and how to use and score the surveys. FPTRQ is funded by the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

State and local administrators/policymakers and federal staff: Monday, September 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

Researchers: Wednesday, September 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Practitioners, providers, and professional development community: Wednesday, September 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET   

Unaccompanied minors and toxic stress
Many of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border over the last nine months have faced immediate danger at home or during their trek north. Our latest blog post, by a fellow of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, outlines what we know about toxic stress and its potential longer-term threats to these children's development.


Measuring social-emotional skills

Schools and youth-serving organizations are increasingly seeking ways to integrate social and emotional learning into classes and programs. With the Tauck Family Foundation, Child Trends has developed tools to help educators assess and monitor the extent to which they are improving students' social and emotional skills. In a new report, we recommend which skills to focus on, highlight the research on the importance of these skills, and suggest ways to incorporate skills measurement into regular classroom data collection. 

Child Trends Opens New Office

Child Trends is pleased to announce the opening of its North Carolina office, in Chapel Hill. The office is led by Kelly Maxwell, a co-director of our early childhood development team. It includes a mix of long-time and new staff working in all of our major program areas. We're excited to be there!
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