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

  • Blog

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Blog

    We Need to Talk About the Taboo — 'Mental Health Matters'

    Aug 11, 2014

    The stigma surrounding mental health often leads young people to shy away from seeking the help and support they need. This year's celebration of the UN's International Youth Day (12th August) focuses on mental health and aims to raise awareness and remove the stigma.

  • Research Brief

    Child Vaccines Are Extremely Safe and Serious Side Effects Rare

    Aug 8, 2014

    A systematic review revealed that vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe, and side effects are extremely rare. The small risk of side effects must be weighed against the great protective benefits these vaccines provide.

  • Blog

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Journal Article

    Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Jul 2, 2014

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

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 18, 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 9, 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