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Strengthening Families and Enhancing Public Policy through Rigorous Research

The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. CFRP was founded by Dr. Cynthia Osborne in 2011 and has helped agencies and organizations look to the evidence of what works and why, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies, for over 10 years.

UPDATE: Due to CFRP director Dr. Cynthia's Osborne's move to Vanderbilt University (VU), CFRP sunsetted in January 2022. CFRP's evaluation research will transition with her and the national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center to Peabody College of Education and Human Development at VU. This website will no longer be updated. We hope you continue to follow us to strengthen public policies impacting families, starting with the earliest years of a child's life. Sign-up for updates.

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National Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

The period from prenatal development to age three (PN-3) is the most sensitive period for the developing brain and body, and one that lays the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. The mission of the national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center is to build on the science and identify which state policies create the conditions to give all infants and toddlers what they need to thrive. Learn more about the Policy Impact Center at and the annual 50-state Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.

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