Childhood is generally defined as the period of life between birth and adulthood, but children can also be characterized by their stage of development, including prenatal, infant, toddler, school-age, pre-pubescent, and teen or adolescent. RAND research on children covers the prenatal period to age 18 and spans multiple research areas, including health, education, criminal justice, and safety.
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In this media conference call, RAND experts on early childhood development and education explain the importance of early childhood development in laying the foundation for success later in life, as well as the potential for high-quality programs to yield a return on investment for society at large.
Madeline Di Nonno, executive director for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Rebecca Collins, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, discuss how media images of girls influence how they see themselves and whether portrayals of sex in popular music, television, and film influence behavior.
In a Webinar held on December 9th 2009, child policy experts discussed the latest research related to child care quality and the implications of the findings for policy.
Anita Chandra discusses the first study to demonstrate a link between exposure to sexual content on TV and subsequently becoming pregnant or being responsible for a pregnancy before the age of 20.
In a policy luncheon hosted by the Promising Practices Network and the RAND Corporation, Dr. Elizabeth McGlynn presented research findings and recommendations related to the quality of pediatric health care in the United States. Video of the event is available online.
In a policy forum hosted by the Promising Practices Network and Kansas Action for Children, top experts from around the country shared research and practice knowledge related to federal and state SCHIP policy. Video of the event is available online.