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New Project: Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers

Aug. 28, 2017

Many high-quality early care and education (ECE) providers earn poverty-level wages and may not be able to afford adequate housing, food, or healthcare. In addition, more than one-third of ECE providers are enrolled in some form of public assistance program, most commonly health insurance and SNAP. Research studies on the quality of ECE workforce have traditionally defined workforce quality in terms of provider education/training, job satisfaction, and job turnover.

New Brief: Enhancing Collaborative Practice between Domestic Violence Staff and Child Protective Services Staff

Aug. 11, 2017

Child Protective Services (CPS) and domestic violence centers are two institutions dedicated to ensuring the safety of Texas families. Child maltreatment and domestic violence often occur within the same families, thus CPS and domestic violence centers share many mutual clients. Despite their shared goals, CPS and domestic violence centers have different service philosophies and procedures that can come into conflict when working with families who are involved with CPS and also receiving domestic violence services.

5 Things You Should Know about Military-Connected Youth

July 31, 2017

The experiences of military-connected youth are distinct in many ways from children in civilian families. Many challenges are faced by military-connected youth and yet there is also access to opportunities unavailable to other children. Learn more about ways in which the experiences of youth with parents in the military are unique in 5 Things to Know about Military-Connected Youth.

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How Does Texas Support Youth in Military Families?

July 24, 2017

The experiences of military-connected youth are distinct in many ways from children in civilian families, as described in 5 Things You Should Know about Military-Connected Youth. Specific challenges may come in the form of frequent moves and dealing with separation from a parent during training or deployment.

Challenges in Supporting MVP Families in Texas

July 3, 2017

Although the overall rate of child maltreatment is lower among military families compared to civilian families, rates of child maltreatment have risen faster among military families, particularly in the last decade.

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.