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The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
New Harvard paper encourages those serving young children to consider health and learning outcomes
July 20, 2020 – Young Children –A new paper from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child explores evidence on early childhood experiences and lifelong mental and physical health to encourage stakeholder to think more broadly than just indicators of early learning. The paper focuses on the interactions and adaptations of biological systems in the body with each other and the environment as context for longterm health outcomes, including chronic illness. Authors recommend continuing to support responsive relationships, reducing sources of stress for children and caregivers, and strengthening adult caregivers’ core life skills. #mentalhealth
New NBER research estimates effects of drug crisis on children’s living arrangements
July 20, 2020 – Young Children –A paper published through the National Bureau of Economic Research uses an innovative methodology to estimate the number of children whose living arrangements have been disrupted by parental drug use. Using cause-of-death data, the authors calculate a cumulative drug-related death rate for children’s likely parents as a proxy for exposure to the drug crisis. The authors find exposure is associated with increased chances that a child’s mother or father is absent and increased chances that a child lives with a grandparent. These results are robust even after considering inter-state policy variations, community context factors, economic conditions, and other possibly influential factors, and accounts for the possibility of a reverse relationship (e.g., that separation from a child could increase parental drug use). The authors conclude that by 2015, 1.5 million children under age 16 were living away from their mother or father because of the drug crisis.
New research finds dramatic increases in New England food assistance use in pandemic
North Carolina schools take advantage of USDA waivers to meet summer meals demands
Alabama revitalizes perinatal regionalization system to help reduce infant mortality rate
July 6, 2020 – Young Children –Historically, Alabama has high infant mortality rates. Through revitalizing the state’s perinatal regionalization system, Alabama reported a reduction in the infant mortality rate in 2017 followed by another drop in 2018 to a new record low of 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. The enhanced perinatal regionalization system helped achieve these results by facilitating the coordination of care across facilities and ensuring babies are treated at hospitals equipped to provide the appropriate level of care.
REL Mid-Atlantic study uses school and child welfare data to predict short term academic risks
Households with children facing greater financial challenges during the pandemic
June 30, 2020 – Young Children –U.S. Census Bureau analysis of their Household Pulse Survey (June 4-9) found that adults in households with children have been hit hard financially amid COVID-19. Both food insufficiency and late housing payments were particularly prevalent among adults in households with children. They found that adults in households with children more often reported a late or deferred housing payment in May 2020, including rates as high as one-in-four among renter households. Authors estimated that 3.9 million children live in households experiencing pandemic-induced food insufficiency, and almost 1.3 million children live in households experiencing both pandemic-induced food insufficiency and housing insecurities. #foodsecurity #covid-19
Strategies for supporting informal child care providers
June 24, 2020 – Young Children –Mathematica, in partnership with foundations in the Bay Area and in Detroit, has been shared some of their key findings from years of work on informal child care. As questions about school and child care re-openings and capacity remain, the authors expect reduced access to formal settings and increased reliance on informal caregivers. Supporting informal caregivers and enhancing the quality of this care will become increasingly important. Such supports include promoting subsidies for informal providers (available in some states), building informal caregiver networks and incorporating informal caregivers’ input into programming that is offered around child development and education. #covid-19 #education