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

Abby Lane ACF Grant

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."

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) supports Child Care Research Scholars through grants for dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration.

Abby’s dissertation research is a mixed-methods project exploring the implications of nonstandard work-schedules for work-family balance. Specifically, the dissertation will:

  1. explore the association between work schedules and maternal parenting stress, examining the moderating role of child care arrangements;
  2. aim to better understand the social, economic, and structural factors driving child care decisions for low-income mothers working nonstandard schedules; and
  3. explore the availability of licensed, center-based child care at nontraditional times for children preschool age and younger in Texas over time.

Abby is an integral member of the family strengthening team at the Child and Family Research Partnership and provides research support with data analysis and policy writing. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Abby worked as a policy fellow covering family economic security, education, and employment issues at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, DC. She holds an Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Olaf College.