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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.

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.

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."