Child Policy Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access child policy research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5395.

Recent Findings

  • Research Brief

    California's Vaccine Bill Is Now Law

    Jun 30, 2015

    California now has one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country. Signing the bill, Governor Jerry Brown said that “the science is clear.” RAND research shows that vaccines administered to children are extremely safe.

  • Commentary

    The 10 Ps of Marijuana Legalization

    Jun 22, 2015

    Marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. Ten choices confronting jurisdictions considering legalization cover many of the critical decisions that will determine whether removing prohibition is a good idea.

  • Journal Article

    Gateway to Curiosity: Middle School Students and Medical Marijuana Ads

    Jun 10, 2015

    When exposed to greater initial medical marijuana advertising, adolescents showed a higher probability of marijuana use and stronger intentions to use one year later.

  • Journal Article

    Association Found Between Sleep Patterns and Alcohol or Marijuana Use in Adolescents

    May 18, 2015

    Adolescents who sleep less or stay up later are significantly more likely to have used alcohol and marijuana over the past month when compared to their peers who report better sleep patterns. The association was consistent even after controlling for other known risk factors, such as depression.

  • Commentary

    Business Leaders (Should) Take Note: Children Make the World Go Round

    May 8, 2015

    Policymakers and researchers already know that investments in society's youngest members pay dividends for society at large over lifetimes. Now businesses are beginning to catch on.

Briefings

  • The Impact of Deployment on Military Children

    Mar 1, 2010

    In 2009, about 2 million children in the United States had a parent in either the active or reserve component of the military. Anita Chandra will discuss the significant risk factors affecting these children, their implications, and the next steps required to better understand this timely and critical issue.

  • The Effects of NYC's 5th-Grade Promotion Policy

    Oct 19, 2009

    Policy analyst Jennifer McCombs and statistician Lou Mariano will discuss the findings of their evaluation of the New York City Department of Education's 5th-grade promotion policy.

  • Assessing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California

    Aug 10, 2009

    Senior health policy researcher M. Rebecca Kilburn will discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities policymakers face in closing the gaps on a number of outcome indicators when she presents Reparable Harm: Assessing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California on August 10, 2009.

  • What Does Economics Tell Us About Early Childhood Policy?

    May 12, 2008

    Studies show how insights from the field of economics—human capital theory and monetary payoffs—contribute to the science of early childhood policy. Panelists will discuss the implications of the findings from their research for early childhood policy.

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Health Behaviors and Experiences of 5th Graders

    Mar 18, 2008

    Racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes have been long documented for adults and adolescents. In contrast, relatively little is known about health disparities among elementary-aged children. Researchers Marc Elliott and Mark Schuster will present their findings.

Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends alerts and newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about child policy.

Testimony

2010 and prior

March 9, 2010
Children on the Home Front: The Experiences of Children from Military Families

Anita Chandra

Testimony presented by Anita Chandra before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

April 2, 2008
Availability of Drinking Water in California Public Schools

Mark A. Schuster

Testimony presented before the California State Assembly Subcommittee on Education.

June 23, 2005
Developing Process Indicators to Improve Educational Governance: Lessons for Education from Health Care

Brian M. Stecher

Testimony presented to the California Little Hoover Commission.

March 17, 2005
School-Based Drug Prevention and Other Strategies For Reducing Drug Use

Susan M. Paddock

Testimony presented to the Oregon State Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

June 10, 2002
After 9/11: Stress and Coping Across America

Mark A. Schuster , Bradley Stein, Lisa Jaycox, Rebecca L. Collins, Grant N. Marshall, Marc N. Elliott, Annie Jie Zhou, David E. Kanouse, J.L. Morrison, and Sanda H. Berry

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions field hearing.

October 16, 2001
Estimating the Effect of Work Requirements on Welfare Recipients: A Synthesis of the National Literature

Lynn A. Karoly

Testimony presented before the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives.

June 1, 2001
School Violence Prevention

Jaana Juvonen

Testimony presented to the California State Assembly Select Committee on School Safety.

February 15, 2000
The Pace of CalWORKs Implementation

Jacob Alex Klerman

Testimony presented at a hearing of the California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services.

December 8, 1999
The Pace of CalWORKs Implementation

Jacob Alex Klerman

Testimony presented at a hearing of the California State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

Briefs