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.

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    The Big Lift Implementation Study: Final Report

    Jun 25, 2018

    The Big Lift is a preschool to third grade collective impact initiative in San Mateo County, California, aimed at improving third grade reading achievement. In the implementation phase, to what extent are community members engaging in collective impact, and how are strategies for the four pillars being implemented?

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    Early Childhood Programs Can Benefit Children and Provide Economic Returns

    Nov 16, 2017

    A review of early childhood programs, such as home visiting, parent education, and early care and education (ECE), confirms that many programs can improve a range of outcomes for children, and those with cost-benefit analysis show a typical return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.

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    The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood in New Hampshire

    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?

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    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education Programs

    May 1, 2017

    Quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) have now been almost universally adopted as an important tool to boost ECE program quality. For the second generation of QRISs, states will need to be more strategic about the allocation of funds to achieve their goals of expanding access to and improving the quality of ECE programs.

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