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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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Infant Attachment: What We Know Now

June 27, 1991
In February 1991, ASPE sponsored a two-day research seminar on infant attachment. This final report has three major sections. The first part is a brief summary of an extensive literature review on infant attachment. The second section summarizes the proceedings of the seminar, which was based on the topics outlined in the literature review.

Foster Care Summary: 1991

December 31, 1990
[17 PDF pages]

Research on Children, Youth, and Families: 1986-1990

July 31, 1990
This compendium is published by the Division of Children and Youth Policy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. It summarizes the results of the Division’s research projects from 1986 through the present and highlights future plans.

Research on Successful Families

May 9, 1990
This is a body of research on families that are enduring, cohesive, affectionate, and mutually-appreciative, and in which family members communicate with one another frequently and fruitfully. They are families that raise children who go on to form successful families themselves. They are not necessarily families that are trouble-free.

Identifying Successful Families: An Overview of Constructs and Selected Measures

May 9, 1990
The study of family strengths has been pursued by researchers from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, sociology, psychology, and family/marriage counseling.

Preferences, Perceptions, and Child Care Turnover: Patterns Among Welfare Mothers

April 30, 1990
This study investigates factors associated with changes in the child care arrangements of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients. To conduct the study, the authors interviewed a sample of AFDC recipients in 1984 and 1985, examined welfare case records, and developed models predicting AFDC mothers' transitions into and out of child care.

Parents' Child Care Preferences: Patterns among Welfare Mothers

April 30, 1990
This report examines the child care preferences of 382 mothers with children under age six who received Aid to Families with Dependent Children during the 14-month period beginning September 1983. The project included interviewing these women twice and using models to predict their satisfaction with child care arrangements.

Head Start: What Do We Know About What Works?

March 28, 1990
Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development, educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to predominantly low income preschool children and their families.

A Report on Infants and Children with HIV Infection in Foster Care

November 13, 1989
Approximately 800 HIV-infected children nationally were in foster care placement as of June 1989. This study was designed to define the specific problems related to providing foster care to children with HIV infection.

Evaluation of the 1989 Child Care Supplement in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

September 30, 1989
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services