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Children, Youth, & Families

ASPE produces a range of policy research to promote child development, early childhood care and education, child welfare, positive youth development, and child and family well-being. 

Resources for Youth and Youth Programs This page features resources to help create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news. This page provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them by improving their knowledge and leadership skills. 


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¡Cuídate!: Impact Findings from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Replication Study (Research Brief)

November 4, 2018
This research brief highlights findings from the evaluation of ¡Cuídate!, an HIV/AIDS prevention program that uses an approach culturally tailored to Latino youth. The study examined data from three different replications of ¡Cuídate!, pooling the data to examine the overall program impact.

Safer Sex Intervention: Final Impact Report from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Replication Study

November 4, 2018
This research report details the impact findings from the evaluation of three replications of the Safer Sex Intervention (SSI), a clinic-based intervention intended to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and increase condom use among high-risk sexually active female adolescents.

Child Support Cooperation Requirements in Child Care Subsidy Programs and SNAP: Key Policy Considerations

October 31, 2018
States have the option to require recipients of child care subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to cooperate with child support agencies seeking to establish paternity and support orders; and to enforce child support obligations as a condition of eligibility.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2018 Update

October 18, 2018
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Are parents with a child support order more likely to be eligible for both SNAP and subsidized child care?

October 8, 2018
This analysis builds on the ASPE publication on child support cooperation requirements to determine the overlap in the populations of custodial and noncustodial parents with and without formal child support orders, that are eligible for both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and subsidized child care (CCDF).  The data used in the infographic are based on TRIM3 analysis of the 201

Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

September 13, 2018
This project brought together policymakers, practitioners and evaluators in October 2017 to identify key policy research questions in the child support program.  The discussions, coupled with a series of informant interviews from 2016, led to the development of the research agenda.  It is a framework for the broader child support community to collectively answer pressing policy questions over t

Child Care Subsidy Duration and Caseload Dynamics: A Multi-State Examination from 2004-2014

July 16, 2018
This Brief provides an examination of the amount of time that low-income families from 32 states received child care subsidies.  These families began receiving government-funded child care subsidies during Fiscal Year 2012, prior to the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act.  In general, families utilized child care subsidy programs for short time periods, us

How many families might be newly reached by child support cooperation requirements in SNAP and subsidized child care, and what are their characteristics?

July 12, 2018
States have flexibility to require a person that receives SNAP or subsidized child care to cooperate with the child support program.  This infographic introduces the child support cooperation policy variation across the states and then presents characteristic information about the custodial and noncustodial parents that may be subject to cooperation requirements in SNAP and subsidized child car

Cross-Domain Instability in Families with Some College Education

June 28, 2018
This brief examines instability across key areas of family life for children and their households, and the characteristics of those most likely to experience instability.