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The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

Oct. 16, 2015

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why has child wellbeing in the U.S. fallen to 26th out of 29 nations? How does what Paul Kershaw calls the “growing squeeze” on parents and caregivers for time, money, and resources alter the architecture of the developing brain of our infants? What are the potential consequences for individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health? For the future health, prosperity, and equity of the nation? And how might we do better?

Policy Brief: What Do We Know about Pre-K?

Oct. 15, 2015

Growing evidence from evaluations of state and local public pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs across the country have demonstrated that effective pre-K programs can improve child outcomes. Studies suggest that high-quality pre-K programs produce both short- and long-term benefits for children, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reduced rates of grade retention, and less participation in special education programs.

Presentation: Family Retention in Texas Home Visiting

Oct. 5, 2015

Date: October 2015
Event: Texas HHSC's Partners in Prevention Conference: Building Partnerships to Strengthen Families
Title: Family Retention in Texas Home Visiting
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Osborne

CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne Named Director of LBJ's Center for Health and Social Policy

Sept. 18, 2015

One of the country’s foremost child and family policy researchers, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP). Former director, Professor Carolyn Heinrich, University of Vanderbilt, will continue her affiliation with CHASP as a Research Professor.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro at the LBJ School: #HUDAT50 #LBJHUD50

Sept. 10, 2015

The LBJ School of Public Affairs was honored to host HUD Secretary Julián Castro yesterday as he commemorated (to the day) the 50th Anniversary of the creation of HUD by President Johnson. CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne met Secretary Castro after his inspirational address, and our own Graduate Research Assistant Jose Vazquez (red and blue shirt) was selected to participate in a small student discussion.

CFRP Newsletter - September 2015

Sept. 3, 2015

The September 2015 CFRP Newsletter is now posted – Back to School, Twitter, Events, and more. Join the CFRP email list to get future issues and relevant news.

CFRP Event 10/15: Screening of "The Raising of America" with Special Guest Dr. Libby Doggett

Sept. 3, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin
The LBJ School of Public Affairs | Bass Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

What We're Reading This Summer 2015

June 12, 2015

So many books, so little time! We wanted to share some of the books in our first annual What We're Reading this Summer list from our faculty and staff. We hope they inspire you and keep your brain stimulated over the summer.

Infographic: The Importance of Father Involvement

June 9, 2015

Children benefit in many ways if their dads are involved in their lives. A positive father-child relationship can improve a child’s social skills, grades, and health. In addition, a healthy relationship between mom and dad makes it significantly more likely that a child will benefit from times spent with their dads.

Research shows that the children who grow up with involved fathers have concrete benefits: 

The Top 5 Benefits of Home Visiting Programs

June 1, 2015

Home visiting programs provide structured visits by trained professionals and paraprofessionals to high-risk parents who are pregnant or have young children. These programs support families by providing health check-ups, screenings, referrals, parenting advice, and guidance with navigating other programs and services in their community. The programs also monitor progress on children’s developmental milestones.