Families with Children Under 3

What We Know and Implications for Results and Policy

Published in: Child Rearing in America: Challenges Facing Parents of Young Children / Edited by Neal Halfon, Kathryn Taaffe McLearn and Mark A. Schuster (New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2002), Chapter 13, p. 367-412

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Neal Halfon, Kathryn Taaffe McLearn

This is the concluding chapter of a volume of papers focusing on the lives of families with very young children. The authors synthesize major themes and consider how the research findings, analysis, and interpretations presented by the contributors could inform public policies targeted at improving the lives of young children and their families. They begin by considering the family, community, and policy context of early childhood in order to frame and interpret the results. They then summarize the major findings and consider their implications for the development of specific and general policies in three distinct areas; the health care system, particularly the provision of pediatric health services; community-level efforts to support families with young children; and wider federal and state policies, including funding for family support and coordination of early childhood programs.

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