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Taking Home Visiting Programs to Scale in Texas: Lessons Learned from Implementation

March 10, 2018

The Program Implementation Evaluation (PIE) of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) Program aimed to better understand the factors that advance or limit the successful implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs in Texas, and the ability of these programs to produce positive outcomes for children and families. Over the course of the five-year study, THV served families in nine communities in 17 counties with three home visiting program models totaling 31 separate home visiting programs in high-need areas around Texas.

Early Childhood Development at PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio

March 7, 2018

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne joined other experts at the third annual Regional PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio on March 6, 2018 where the discussion focused on early childhood development. San Antonio is home to the Pre-K San Antonio program, an initiative launched by former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro providing high quality pre-Kindergarten services for four-year-old children.

New Project: Connecting Families with Community Services in Central Texas

Jan. 9, 2018

The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) has been awarded a grant by the Episcopal Health Foundation to support the state-funded implementation of Family Connects, an evidence-based universal home visiting program, in Austin. As part of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), Family Connects is now being implemented across the country including several new communities in Texas.

Final Report: Increasing Protective Factors to Reduce Child Maltreatment in Texas Military and Veteran Families

Nov. 8, 2017

In general, the rate of child abuse and neglect among military families is lower than their civilian counterparts. However, though the overall rate remains lower, researchers have noted that substantiated reports of child maltreatment have risen faster among military families than civilian families, particularly in the last decade.

Prevention services designed specifically for military and veteran families aim to alleviate their unique challenges and stressors, including deployments and separations.

Thank You for 6 Years of Collaborative Partnership

Nov. 1, 2017

Since our founding in 2011, the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs has been the academic partner of federal and state government agencies and NGOs, helping answer challenging policy questions impacting vulnerable children and families.

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne and the Federal Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

Oct. 16, 2017

The federal Offices of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration of Children and Families and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) are convening stakeholders through the Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research to define the child support research agenda and promote rigorous research and evaluation.

CFRP GRA and LBJ School Doctoral Candidate Abby Lane Receives Federal Research Grant

Sept. 29, 2017

Congratulations to Abby Lane, CFRP Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, on her recent award of a research grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). The grant will support her dissertation titled "Balancing Work and Family: The Policy Problems and Opportunities of Child Care and Nonstandard Work Schedules."

New Project: Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers

Aug. 28, 2017

Many high-quality early care and education (ECE) providers earn poverty-level wages and may not be able to afford adequate housing, food, or healthcare. In addition, more than one-third of ECE providers are enrolled in some form of public assistance program, most commonly health insurance and SNAP. Research studies on the quality of ECE workforce have traditionally defined workforce quality in terms of provider education/training, job satisfaction, and job turnover.

New Brief: Enhancing Collaborative Practice between Domestic Violence Staff and Child Protective Services Staff

Aug. 11, 2017

Child Protective Services (CPS) and domestic violence centers are two institutions dedicated to ensuring the safety of Texas families. Child maltreatment and domestic violence often occur within the same families, thus CPS and domestic violence centers share many mutual clients. Despite their shared goals, CPS and domestic violence centers have different service philosophies and procedures that can come into conflict when working with families who are involved with CPS and also receiving domestic violence services.

5 Things You Should Know about Military-Connected Youth

July 31, 2017

The experiences of military-connected youth are distinct in many ways from children in civilian families. Many challenges are faced by military-connected youth and yet there is also access to opportunities unavailable to other children. Learn more about ways in which the experiences of youth with parents in the military are unique in 5 Things to Know about Military-Connected Youth.