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Children, Youth, & Families

ASPE produces a range of policy research to promote child development, early childhood care and education, child welfare, positive youth development, and child and family well-being. 

Resources for Youth and Youth Programs This page features resources to help create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news. This page provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them by improving their knowledge and leadership skills. 


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Head Start: What Do We Know About What Works?

Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development, educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to predominantly low income preschool children and their families.

A Report on Infants and Children with HIV Infection in Foster Care

Approximately 800 HIV-infected children nationally were in foster care placement as of June 1989. This study was designed to define the specific problems related to providing foster care to children with HIV infection.

Evaluation of the 1989 Child Care Supplement in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

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The Federal Role in Foster Care: A Paper on Current Priority Issue Areas

This report uses interviews with HHS staff, pertinent legislative committees, and children and youth advocacy organizations in order to express how each group would like to change the existing foster care system.

A Partial Listing of Problems Facing American Children, Youth, and Families

This collection of brief issue papers uses diverse data to describe 15 major problems facing American children and families. Each paper summarizes the state of knowledge about the scope of the problem, trends, current government expenditures, costs per case, effectiveness of current intervention strategies and public attitudes about the problem areas.

Reliability and Validity of the National Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect Study Conducted by Westat Associates in 1988: Methodological Review

This report summarizes a methodological review of the 1988 National Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect Study (NIS-2) and highlights the review's implications.

Changes in Marriage and Fertility Behavior: Behavior Versus Attitudes of Young Adults

This report examines a variety of data regarding current trends in adolescents' sexual, fertility, and marital behavior and discusses evidence regarding the permanence of these trends. Behavioral data are compared with attitudinal measures to conclude that there are significant differences between the conduct and values of young adults.

Quality in Child Care: What It Is an How It Can Be Encouraged

This speech, given at the Family Impact Seminar, briefly describes several issues concerning the regulation of child care including: who should regulate child care, whether standards effectively improve quality, how child care has been regulated since the late 1800s, current regulation practices, and how current child care legislation addresses regulation.