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5 Things You Should Know about the Importance of Fathers

June 13, 2017

Father's Day 2017 - Father involvement has increased dramatically over the past several decades, and simultaneously, the role of fathers in their families has evolved from conceptions of fathers as distant breadwinners to a more holistic recognition that they are equal co-parents. Accompanying these changes has been a growing interest among researchers in studying the role that fathers play in the lives of their children.

What We're Reading This Summer 2017

June 1, 2017

With the arrival of summer comes the 2017 CFRP summer reading list! Featuring both fiction and non-fiction — with topics spanning from the Civil War to urbanism, from foster care to equality — below are some favorite titles from our faculty and staff for this summer. Enjoy!                                                                                                                     

CFRP Develops New Survey Instrument to Help Determine the Value of Home Visiting

May 11, 2017

Research indicates that evidence-based home visiting programs should benefit the families who participate in them through improvements in maternal and child health, parenting attitudes and behaviors, better cognitive and social-emotional outcomes for children, and a lower incidence of child abuse and maltreatment.

Study Shows New Child Welfare Professional Development Model Making Positive Impacts in First Year

April 27, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — Maintaining a high-quality, professional, and stable workforce is integral to any child welfare agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission. To build a strong workforce, child welfare agencies must recruit and hire qualified applicants, provide training that adequately prepares new caseworkers to perform their job responsibilities, and retain high performing staff.

Osborne Appointed to Panel of Experts to Build National Agenda to Reduce Child Poverty in Half in 10 Years

April 27, 2017

According to the U.S. Census, 19.7 percent of American children, or 14.5 million, lived in poverty in 2015. Children represented 23.1 percent of the total population in 2015 and 33.6 percent of the people in poverty.

Osborne Provides Expert Testimony on Capitol Hill on Fathers in Home Visiting

April 13, 2017

On April 13, 2017 Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, provided expert testimony (video below) at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. on the growing evidence of the importance of fathers in early childhood intervention home visiting programs.

2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit

April 12, 2017

The second annual Texas Fatherhood Summit: Strengthening Services to Support Fathers hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division was held on March 24, 2017.

Building the Knowledge Base about Evidence-Based Reproductive Health Education Programs

March 29, 2017

Evidence-based reproductive health education programs for younger teens have received considerable attention and investment over the last few years but knowledge about the needs of 18 and 19-year-olds, particularly community college students, and the programs that benefit them, is comparatively sparse. In fact, the highest rate of teen pregnancy occurs among the 18- and 19-year-old age group, yet teen pregnancy prevention programs typically target a younger demographic.

Child Care Quality, Minimum Ratio Standards, and Children's Safety

March 26, 2017

A key indicator of the quality of child care centers is the child to caregiver ratio – the maximum number of children that one caregiver can be responsible for in a child care setting.

Osborne Paper: "Home Visiting Program: Four Evidence-Based Lessons for Policymakers"

Feb. 8, 2017

Federal and state policymakers and philanthropies are increasingly emphasizing the use of evidence to drive policy decisions. One of the areas in the forefront of evidence-based policymaking is early childhood intervention strategy, home visiting.