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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.

Mothers Hesitant about Father Involvement at Greater Risk of Family Violence

May 5, 2015

Most unmarried mothers want the father of their child to be an involved and active parent. In fact, when asked several months after giving birth, more than 8 in 10 unmarried mothers say that they want the father “completely involved” when it comes to raising the child in the coming years. This unequivocal answer, it turns out, says a lot about the parents’ relationship and future prospects.

New Brief: Short-term Savings Associated with Texas Pre-K Nearly $142 Million Per Year

April 29, 2015

Recent analyses of data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that economically disadvantaged children who attended a Texas public pre-kindergarten program (Texas pre-K) are less likely to be retained or participate in special education programs in first, second, or third grades.

Infographic - Child Support: The Hidden Social Safety Net

April 29, 2015

The Hidden Social Safety Net: a look at how child support payments compare to more traditional forms of family support.

4/28/15 Event at the Capitol: A Bold New Agenda by the Next Generation of Leaders

April 22, 2015

The Honorable Sen. Rodney Ellis is hosting “Ensuring Sustainable Employment – A Bold New Agenda,” a presentation by LBJ graduate students at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:15 p.m. in Legislative Conference Room E2.002A. The students are in CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne's Policy Research Project (PRP) class and will share their yearlong research on specific policy objectives of the “new war on poverty” and unveil bold ideas for increasing sustainable employment among Texans and Americans.

CFRP Paper: Understanding Today's Changing Families, Family Court Review

April 20, 2015

More than 40% of children in the US are now born outside of marriage. While their unmarried parents may have high expectations for the future, they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. CFRP's Cynthia Osborne and Nora Ankrum explore this issue in newly published paper, "Understanding Today's Changing Families," Family Court Review.

Link to publisher and PDF: 

A Father's Support: More to it Than the Money

March 30, 2015

After seven years in conversation with nearly 400 low-income men, authors of a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family are lending fresh insight into the ways that low-income fathers support their children in other households. Drawing on repeated semi-structured interviews, Kane, Nelson, and Edin find that poor noncustodial fathers provide surprising amounts of support in the form of diapers, clothes, food, and childcare.

CFRP at SRCD 2015

March 20, 2015

The Society for Research in Child Development is holding its biennial meeting this weekend in (not so sunny) Philadelphia. The event is an invaluable multidisciplinary forum for researchers to share and learn about the many facets of child development. CFRP's Dr. Kaeley Bobbitt (Saturday) and Abby Lane (Friday) are there now presenting some great posters, and they would love to talk to you if you're attending. Details are below.