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Family Connects: Connecting Families with Community Services in Central Texas

Sept. 1, 2018

Family Connects supports newborns and their families by functioning as a screening and triage tool to identify families in need of support and connect them with resources in the community. The goal of the program is to visit with every family in their home after the birth of a new baby. During the visit, a nurse assesses the family's strengths and needs, provides support and guidance, and also connects the family with community services based on the family’s specific needs and preferences.

Beyond Coordination: A Framework for Evidence-Based Systems-Level Change

Aug. 23, 2018

The complex needs of at-risk families often extend beyond what single programs can provide in isolation and many community-level issues negatively impacting families cannot be addressed with a service-level only approach. Service coordination is an important step toward developing a comprehensive system for children and families within a community, but communities have to work beyond service coordination to implement system-level strategies that address broad policy, practice, or community infrastructure issues that impact young children or families and benefit the community-at-large.

The Evidence Base: Predictors of School Readiness

Aug. 13, 2018

Access to high-quality childcare betters outcomes in the following domains: neuro-typical brain development;1 reading and associated competencies (vocabulary, language performance, and emergent literacy);2 and social-emotional development (emotional understanding, social problem solving, and learning engagement).3,4 It yields the highest short and long-term benefits for low-income children relative to their higher-income peers.5,6,7

CFRP Hosts Largest Texas Fatherhood Summit To Date

July 9, 2018

The Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI).

The Evidence Base: Predictors of Father Involvement

June 29, 2018

A positive co-parenting relationship with their child’s mother is strongly associated with both the quantity and quality of father involvement.1,2  When mothers support fathers’ relationships with their children and parents can cooperate with and support one another in raising their child, fathers see their children more, engage in more activities with them, and have more positive relationships with them.3,4,5 The quality of parents’ relationships also matter: mothers who have positive relationships with their children’s fathers are more likely to have

New Brief: Fatherhood In Texas

June 12, 2018

The state of Texas recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Involved fatherhood is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing from cognitive and emotional development and academic success, to reduced delinquency, and improved mental health. In addition to fathers’ direct involvement with their children, fathers’ provision of financial resources, either formally or informally, reduces material hardship for families and mitigates the negative impacts of poverty on child wellbeing and outcomes

What We're Reading This Summer 2018

June 4, 2018

Summer 2018 is here and so is summer reading! We hope you enjoy and are motivated by some of our team picks from our annual list. (See past years: 2017, 2016, 2015)

Infographic: Mother's Day 2018: Today's Moms

May 7, 2018

Over the past few decades, the views of the roles of men and women along with family structure have greatly changed. For Mother's Day, here are a few fun facts on what motherhood looks like in the United States today:

LBJ School Students: Enhancing Child Care in Austin

May 3, 2018

Over the past year, LBJ students, under the guidance of policy professor and director of CFRP and the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, worked on their capstone Policy Research Project (PRP) "Enhancing Child Care in Austin" with United Way for Greater Austin, a key advocate for early childhood education in Central Texas. 

Research To Policy: Supporting Fathers Through Collaborations

April 11, 2018

Recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, the state of Texas has developed initiatives to maximize opportunities and address systematic challenges in supporting fathers and fatherhood programs. In 2013, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) developed the Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow (EFFECT) Program to support fathers and strengthen families through evidence-based fatherhood programs across the state.