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 or (703) 413-1100 x5395.

Recent Findings

  • Report

    Urgent Attention Is Needed to Improve Education for Refugee Children from Syria

    Nov 23, 2015

    Only half of Syrian refugee children have access to education, with nearly 700,000 not attending any formal education in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Classes are overcrowded and teachers are inexperienced in handling classroom conditions that include traumatized students, some of whom have missed years of school.

  • Commentary

    Step Aside, 'Screen Time.' Make Room for 'Screen Purpose.'

    Nov 17, 2015

    Technology is simply another way to communicate, learn, and play. It shouldn't automatically be regarded as a threat. Whether technology helps or harms children largely depends on how it is used.

  • Commentary

    Policy Barriers to Best Practices in Women's Health

    Nov 6, 2015

    Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods of birth control, which include the intrauterine device and subdermal implant, are highly effective, very safe, preferable to women, and cost effective. But some states' contraceptive policies create direct and indirect barriers to LARC use.

  • Commentary

    Sniping: Homeless Youths' High-Risk Smoking Practice

    Oct 29, 2015

    Any intervention to help homeless youth quit smoking must also address “sniping.” This high-risk activity involves scavenging cigarette butts and filters to make a “new” cigarette.

  • Journal Article

    Helping Homeless Youth Quit Smoking

    Oct 19, 2015

    Up to 70% of homeless youth are smokers, smoking more than a half pack of cigarettes a day. Though there is strong demand for smoking-cessation services among this population and a willingness to help among providers, delivering these services remains a challenge.


  • 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

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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.