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.

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.

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 Access to Early Care and 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 pre-kindergarten.

Key Facts about the Young Children in Your Community

Understanding the demographics of young children in your community is an important first step in making decisions to help them thrive. These tools and publications offer information about infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children in every state and hundreds of communities.

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 and Children

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.

Stabilizing Children's Lives—A Web of Stabilizing Supports

Stability in children’s environments, relationships, and basic needs being met is critical for their healthy development and well-being. Instability in different aspects of a child's life can create significant barriers to meeting these foundational needs. The extent to which children experience instability is related to the actions of various actors with parents and guardians primary among them, who together play an important role in the stability of meeting children’s core needs and can buffer children from instability through different mechanisms. This model—a web of stabilizing supports—shows how highly interconnected its elements are, and how different actors’ ability to actively support stability in meeting children’s core needs is shaped by the greater contexts of the economy, policy culture.