Feb 15, 2017
Stakeholders in the public and private sectors in New Hampshire have been focused on investments in young children. What do they need to know?
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.
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.
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.
After controlling for selected socioeconomic variables, the completed levels of schooling of children whose mothers had died is appreciably lower compared to children whose mothers survived.
Essay presenting the available evidence from economic evaluations of the costs and benefits of scaled-up pre-kindergarten (pre-k) programs and the implications of the research for investing in those programs.
For all childhood mental health issues, estimated effects of mothers' mental health problems are much larger than those of fathers' mental health problems.
We assessed investments in early childhood programs in New Hampshire, summarizing benefits and economic returns of three early intervention strategies and estimating costs and benefits of statewide investments in programs for at-risk children.
This report documents the need for early childhood investment in New Hampshire; examines evidence of effectiveness for high-quality home visiting, child care, and preschool programs; and estimates economic returns in the state for effective programs.
Cincinnati is seeking to expand preschool programs to more children. RAND researchers studied a variety of approaches and found that while each approach would likely provide returns on investment, it is important to ensure programs are high quality.
Home visits delivered by a nurse-parent educator team reduced children's health care use in the first year of life.
Assess the value of preschool education programs and compare their upfront costs with the economic benefits they produce, measured by outcomes such as less need for special education services, improved high school graduation rates, and activity in adulthood.
This report provides initial findings from the evaluation of the Senate Bill 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, with a focus on the implementation of the policy changes and participant outcomes.
This paper investigates the impact of exogenous shocks to household income, assets and labour supply on children's school attendance in Madagascar.
The low school attainment, early marriage, and low age at first birth of females are major policy concerns in less developed countries. This study jointly estimated the determinants of educational attainment, marriage age, and age at first birth among females aged 12-25 in Madagascar.
This report analyzes the costs to implement the Children's Aid Society's Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in-school model for one year for 880 students at one school district in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This report documents access to high-quality preschool programs in Cincinnati, Ohio, for three- and four-year-olds and examines costs and benefits of policy options for making publicly funded, high-quality preschool programs more widely available.