The Future of Children

The mission of The Future of Children project is to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, practitioners, students, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

As a first step, The Future of Children project produces a bi-annual journal that focuses on issues related to children’s policies. Each issue concentrates on a particular topic within the general fields of education, health, and family policy -- with special attention given to topics that impact low-income and at-risk children. The articles for each issue are written by leading experts in the field. The journal is recognized as one of the leading publications on children's policy in the United States.

The second step is to get the knowledge contained in our publications to the people who are making policy for children. Thus, we disseminate our materials free of charge and as broadly as possible on our website,, which contains the journals, research summaries, policy briefs, and video and audio broadcasts. We also host a variety of outreach activities such as conferences and public events aimed at national and local policymakers and practitioners.

Further, The Future of Children works with faculty at Princeton and elsewhere to incorporate Future of Children material into their courses. We have also sponsored master’s level courses through the Woodrow Wilson School that focus on topics covered in our publications. Princeton students at all levels are invited to participate in various Future of Children functions.

The most recent topics covered by The Future of Children project are "Military Children and Families" (fall 2013) "Postsecondary Education in the United States" (spring 2013), "Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century" (fall 2012), "Children with Disabilities" (spring 2012), and "Work and Family" (fall 2011).

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The Future of Children is published by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in partnership with the Brookings Institution.

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