Projects

Bridging the Gap

This ongoing project examines the intersection of child care with workforce development and postsecondary education systems, policies, and practices, and the implications for low-income, low-skilled parents seeking education and training.

Children and Instability

Evidence indicates that there is a connection between early life experiences and later health and well-being. Researchers in this project explore the pathways through which instability can affect development and future success.

Early Childhood Absenteeism in the DC Public Schools

The Early Childhood Absenteeism Study examines DC public school data to identify patterns of absenteeism across preschool and prekindergarten classrooms and schools. The results will inform DC’s efforts to reduce absenteeism and achieve its school readiness goals. It will also provide the information needed to further investigate the causes of these patterns.

Fathers and Home Visiting

About half a million children in the United States benefit from home visiting programs, which support vulnerable families by encouraging positive parent, promoting child development, and improving maternal and child health. Programs have traditionally targeted pregnant women and new mothers, but increasingly home visitors are also engaging fathers. In a series of reports, briefs, and blogs, the Urban Institute highlights practices five different home visiting programs are using to target fathers, with a particular focus on young and low-income men. 

Immigrant Children’s Access to Early Education

Researchers in this project are investigating the well-being of immigrant children and families. Focus areas include the effect of standards-based education reform on the children of immigrants and the best way to ensure immigrant families can access prekindergarten.

Kids' Share

A series of annual reports, Kids' Share looks comprehensively at trends in federal and state spending and tax expenditures on children—the kids’ share of public spending.

The Recession's Ongoing Impact on Children (2012–13)

The impact of the recession on children can be hard to see. Some economic statistics ignore children, and others come out after a long time delay. Urban Institute researchers have provided nearly real-time tracking of the recession’s impact on children through three state-by-state measures of children’s economic well-being: children with an unemployed parent, individuals receiving nutrition assistance benefits, and child poverty.