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.
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.
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.
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
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!