Children, Families, and Communities


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.

  • Children take shelter under desks during an earthquake simulation in an evacuation drill in Tokyo, Japan, March 10, 2017, photo by Issei Kato/Reuters


    Childhood Trauma Is More Common Than You Think. This School-Based Intervention Can Help

    Apr 23, 2019

    A program developed at RAND helps kids exposed to trauma confront and subdue their stress and anxiety. It grew out of the 1990s street violence of South Los Angeles and has since helped children from Newtown to Fukushima. Researchers are tailoring it for children in Puerto Rico whose lives were upended by hurricanes.

  • A grocery cart in front of a closed supermarket, photo by galbiati/Getty Images


    Pittsburgh's Hill District Is Losing More Than a Supermarket

    Apr 1, 2019

    When the Shop 'n Save in Pittsburgh's Hill District closed its doors for good, residents lost the ability to go to a supermarket near their homes. But they also lost something less tangible: a symbol of hope, opportunity, and change for their neighborhood.

Explore Children, Families, and Communities