COVID-19 and Young Families’ Well-Being: From Rapid-Response Research to Policy Solutions

The COVID-19 crisis has left policymakers searching for ways to mitigate both short- and long-term effects on America’s families. Families with young children face significant challenges in the short term, and given that children’s early experiences shape their lives, the long-term consequences may not be known for years.

To amplify the data policymakers need, the Urban Institute has partnered with the University of Oregon’s Center for Translational Neuroscience. The University of Oregon is fielding the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development (RAPID) - Early Childhood, which measures child and family well-being while accounting for the changing context of the crisis and individual experiences.

The Urban Institute team has authored a series of blog posts exploring what these data mean for policy and what solutions policymakers can implement to address the issues families are facing now and may face in the future.