Welcome to the CRCW

The Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) is an interdisciplinary center at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Our mission is to stimulate basic research, educate faculty and students about issues related to children's policies, and influence policymakers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels. read more

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Fragile Families Challenge uses "Big Data" to Answer Big QuestionsWhat would happen if hundreds of social scientists and data scientists worked together on a scientific challenge to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the United States? The Fragile Families Challenge, an ongoing mass research collaboration that uses “big data” collected as part of Princeton University’s Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, is attempting to answer just that.

Lower-Income Children Raised in Counties With High Upward Mobility Display Fewer Behavioral Issues, Perform Better on Cognitive Tests. Children who grow up in urban counties with high upward mobility exhibit fewer behavioral problems and perform better on cognitive tests, according to a study by Fragile Families researchers.

Children Who Sleep Less May Age Faster at a Cellular Level. Fragile Families researcher examined DNA extracted from saliva samples collected from 1,567 nine-year-old children and found shorter telomeres among children who slept less.

What we know about the effects of pre-K. Ron Haskins, Deborah Phillips, and Kenneth Dodge to give consensus statements Wed, Jun 7, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT. The consensus statements, developed through funding to the Brookings Institution from the Heising- Simons Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation; and full report, developed through funding to Duke University from SAS, are available on the Brookings Institution website.

Fragile Families Collaborators Publish Book about the Effects of the Great Recession on Parents and Young Children
Irwin Garfinkel, Sara McLanahan, Christopher Wimer, and several other contributors published a book entitled Children of the Great Recession. The eBook is available for download on the Russell Sage website.

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