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RAND research addresses child health and how families and neighborhoods affect child well-being. Other family-focused research covers topics such as immigration, caregiving, and household finances. Through studies on families as well as community resilience, RAND develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

  • Security camera in a classroom, photo by titikul_b/Adobe Stock

    Commentary

    How Can the U.S. Do a Better Job of Keeping Kids Safe at School?

    Mar 26, 2018

    Many proposals to improve school safety promote the use of technology, such as metal detectors and video cameras. How effective are these devices? The evidence is mixed.

  • A mother reads with her three-year-old daughter at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5, 2013, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Essay

    High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Can Change Lives

    Jan 3, 2018

    The most comprehensive look to date at the benefits of early childhood education found that 102 of 115 programs improved at least one outcome for children beyond a statistical doubt. And the economic and social benefits continue to pay dividends, sometimes well into adulthood.

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