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ZERO TO THREE Poll Shows Support for Reinstating Expanded CTC

ZERO TO THREE, in collaboration with Morning Consult, released a new poll showing strong support for reinstating the Expanded Child Tax Credit among parents of infants and toddlers. The poll results show: More than four in five (85%) parents say it is important for Congress to reinstate Child Tax Credit reforms, with bipartisan agreement on

Disparities in Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Scientific American published an article highlighting the disparity of access to treatment for Black Americans due to access inequality during the opioid epidemic. “During 10 brutal years, opioid and stimulant deaths have increased 575 percent among Black Americans. In 2019 the overall drug overdose death rate among Black people exceeded that of whites for the

New Resources for Understanding the Impact of the Child Tax Credit

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University has released a series of new reports and analyses regarding the Expanded CTC, including the following: New CTC research roundup -- this updates the original Dec 2021 roundup to include evidence through early November 2022 and provides a more detailed look at the impacts of

Homelessness Among Infants and Toddlers

SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan released a report analyzing data from twenty states that have formed broad-based coalitions to move prenatal-to-three priorities forward. This report describes the prevalence of homelessness among infants and toddlers in these twenty states; gaps in access to early learning programs; and recommendations for increasing enrollment

Tobacco Use Among Children and Youth

A new CDC study, published November 11, 2022, found that close to 1 in 9 middle and high school students currently use tobacco products, accounting for an estimated 3.08 million students. For the ninth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most popular product overall and cigars were the most commonly used form of combustible

State of Maternal and Infant Health: Report Card

March of Dimes recently released its 2022 Report Card, which presents the state of maternal and infant health in the United States (U.S.), Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in an interactive online format. The report card indicates the maternal and infant health crisis is worsening for all families and examines mom and baby health and

Title IV-B Plays an Important Role in Preventing Child Welfare System Involvement

On October 19, 2022, the Society for Research in Child Development published new research finding that due to its flexibility, Title IV-B funds can effectively be used to support families’ access to a variety of programs and financial supports that help to prevent child maltreatment and subsequent child welfare involvement. According to the research brief:

New AFCARs Data Shows Decline in Foster Care Numbers

On November 1st, 2022, the Administration for Children and Families released the AFCARs data for 2021. Again this year, the report shows a significant decrease in foster care placements decreasing from the 2020 figure of 407,493 to 391,098 children in care in 2021, a 3.9 percent decrease from 2020 and a more than 10.5 percent

Social Determinants of Health for Infants and Toddlers

ZERO TO THREE released a new report in partnership with Child Trends that uses State of Babies Yearbook data to cast light on the specific Social Determinants of Health for babies and their families. The report shows that while many young children are thriving, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native babies and those in families

Roadmaps to Building Child Welfare Evidence: New Release

On October 19th, 2022, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released the Roadmaps to Building Child Welfare Evidence, developed by the Child Welfare Evidence Strengthening Team (CWEST). CWEST developed these tools to give child welfare administrators and evaluators knowledge on many elements of the evaluation process. As the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

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