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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. 

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youth.gov: 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. 

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ASPE Data Point

How Many People Participate in the Social Safety Net?

January 20, 2023
Social safety net programs provide different types of support to people facing economic hardship. This data point presents estimates of overall participation in the social safety net in 2019, the latest year of available data and presents rates of participation in multiple programs. Key Points:
ASPE Data Point

How Many People that Receive One Safety Net Benefit Also Receive Others

January 20, 2023
People facing economic instability often need more than one program or service. This pre-pandemic analysis looks at the reach of the social safety net, including the interaction of specific programs, to better understand program participation as the economy continues to recover. Key Points:
ASPE Issue Brief

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Child Care Industry and Workforce

January 19, 2023
This brief explores important trends in the child care industry during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and places those trends in a historical context. Specifically, we find:
Policy Brief

Linking Child Welfare and Medicaid Data: Lessons Learned from Two States

January 18, 2023
This report provides information to state, tribal, and local child welfare and behavioral health agencies that are interested in linking their Medicaid and child welfare data.
Report

Early Childhood Systems Collective Impact Project: Federal Recommendations to Improve Alignment, Coordination, and Equity across Early Childhood Programs

December 13, 2022
The Early Childhood Systems Collective Impact Project (ECS Collective Impact Project) will help to re-envision a truly coordinated approach to program implementation designed to advance equitable early childhood and family well-being outcomes across federal programs that support expectant parents, children ages 0 to 8, and their families.
ASPE Issue Brief

Doula Care and Maternal Health: An Evidence Review

December 13, 2022
Doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after labor and birth.
Research Brief

Meeting Substance Use and Social Service Needs in Communities of Color

November 23, 2022
In this brief, we highlight experiences and practices from substance use treatment providers and their human services partners when serving people of color. We selected providers that focused on serving people of color, and this study was not intended to assess outcomes or effectiveness of any of the practices highlighted.
ASPE Issue Brief

State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: 2022 Update

November 22, 2022
This issue brief provides updates on state Medicaid policies regarding delivery of telehealth services by provider types and modalities, as of January 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic substantially accelerated interest in and utilization of telehealth across all payers including Medicaid.
Fact Sheet

Enhancing Data Infrastructure to Improve Women’s Health Outcomes: Maternal Health Vignettes

November 16, 2022
This updated 2022 vignette provides examples of how a range of the Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (OS-PCORTF) cross-agency projects are working to improve maternal health by 1) Enhancing Women’s Health Data for Research 2) Adding Electronic Health Records to the Suite of Maternal Health Data for Research 3) Linking Maternal Survey Data with Other Health Data.
ASPE Issue Brief

National and State Estimates of Children Living with Parents Using Substances, 2015–2019

November 14, 2022
This brief presents estimates of the number and percentage of children whose parents engage in problematic substance use, including past-year substance use and SUD by substance type and child demographics. Key findings include: