Supporting Children and Families

RAND Labor and Population researchers devise evidence-based solutions to improve public policy pertaining to childhood health and access to health care, children's success in early childhood programs including child care and preschool, and government assistance programs for low-income families.

Evaluating Programs Designed to Promote Children's Development

We evaluate programs and policies designed to help parents develop good parenting skills, maintain a safe and healthy home, and select quality child-care and preschool programs. To provide context to children's early life experiences, we examine parental employment, household stability, access to health care, and other environmental factors that affect children’s performance in educational settings.

Measuring the Impact of Public Assistance Programs for Low-Income Families

When parents struggle to provide a stable, safe, and healthy environment for their children and themselves, public assistance programs come to their aid. To help policymakers and practitioners make the most of limited resources, RAND Labor and Population examines the effectiveness of these programs and develops evidence-based approaches for helping low-income families move toward self-sufficiency and enabling their children to thrive.

  • Research Brief

    The Hawai'i P-3 Reform Initiative: How Well Did It Work?

    Oct 7, 2015

    The Hawai'i P-3 initiative aims for every child in the state to read at grade level by third grade. Evaluation of participating schools showed that more years in the program resulted in a modest but significant increase in students' reading scores—an impact comparable to the effects of nine additional weeks of schooling.

  • Journal Article

    Lessons Learned From Home Visiting Program Expansion in New Mexico

    May 18, 2015

    Lessons from the implementation of the First Born home visiting program in six counties in New Mexico will be valuable to communities starting or expanding home visiting services.

  • Content

    Welcome Baby Implementation and Outcomes Study

    Apr 1, 2016

    The Welcome Baby project aims to generate findings that will help improve implementation of First 5 LA's Welcome Baby initiative, a home visiting program for parents of new babies.

  • Multimedia

    Lynn Karoly on the Return on Early Childhood Investment

    Sep 23, 2015

    In this 60 Second Lecture from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Lynn Karoly, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, discusses the return on philanthropic investments in early childhood programs.