The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America
The Wonkblog of the Washington Post and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University have featured an article published in Education Next by Sara McLanahan and her co-author Christopher Jencks. What happens to the children of unmarried mothers?
Children's Exposure to Violence in the Fragile Families Study
Sara McLanahan and colleagues authored a policy report about neighborhood violence, domestic violence and harsh parenting in the Fragile Families Study published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Launch of The Child & Family Blog
The Future of Children, the Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group at the University of Cambridge (UK), and the Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland) have jointly launched The Child & Family Blog to share new knowledge that researchers create worldwide with all those who want to improve the lives of children.
Proposed Children’s Study Needs Refinement, Report Finds
June 18, 2014: Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Sara McLanahan, as an author of a congressionally mandated report on the proposed National Children’s Study, says in a Woodrow Wilson School Press Release that "if carried out successfully, the survey has the potential to be the most comprehensive study of child health and development in the world."
The Damage of Poverty is Visible as Early as Kindergarten
June 12, 2014: Vox
Vox features research from the newest volume of Future of Children, which explains how Kindergarten proficiencies vary by poverty status and how boosting family income can help.
Sara McLanahan Receives Graduate Mentoring Award
May 20, 2014: Princeton University
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning has named Sara McLanahan as one of five Princeten University faculty recipents of the Graduate Mentoring Award this year.
Wrote one student: "I am often amazed at [Sara's] generosity with her time and with her deep, personal commitment to supporting students."
Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear
April 15, 2014: Psychology Today
Daniel Notterman and Colter Mitchell discuss their newest article in The Athlete's Way blog in Psychology Today. "We can pay now, or we can pay more later. But we will pay for the effects of early life disadvantage at some point."
Stress Alters Children's Genomes
April 7, 2014: Nature Magazine
Nature magazine interviews CRCW Research Associate Daniel Notterman, whose collaborative research with several CRCW Research Associates and colleagues (Colter Mitchell, John Hobcraft, Sara McLanahan, Susan Rutherford Siegel, Arthur Berg, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Irwin Garfinkel) suggests that poverty and unstable family environments shorten chromosome-protecting telomeres in nine-year-olds. This research is also featured by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School News.
Parents Helping With Homework Might Not Improve Academic Results
March 24, 2014:
The Telegraph highlights a book, co-authored by CRCW Research Associate Angel Harris, which finds no clear connection between parental involvement and improved student performance.
“Sociology: The Most Fragile Families”
March 5, 2014: Princeton Alumni Weekly
Princeton Alumni Weekly interviews CRCW Director Sara McLanahan about what it means for a child in America to be born to unwed parents. “There’s an enormous amount of instability and complexity in the lives of these families.”
“Cutting SNAP Benefits Not A Snap Decision”
November 4, 2013: National Public Radio
NPR interviews Isabel Sawhill, who discusses the possible effect of recent cuts to the food stamp program and offers suggestions to responsibly reduce the federal deficit.
“Something In The (Expecting Mother's) Water”
October 8, 2013: Red Orbit
Red Orbit highlights research by Janet Currie which finds that pregnant women living in areas with contaminated water may be more likely to have babies that are premature or with low birth weights.
“Mothers’ Pregnancy Weight Can Affect Childhood Obesity”
October 2, 2013: Science World Report
Science World Report highlights research by Janet Currie on the link between pregnancy weight gain and childhood obesity through age 12. “Programs to limit pregnancy weight gain could help prevent some cases of childhood obesity.”
“The Hispanic Moment”
September 17, 2013: The Huffington Post
In the Huffington Post, Marta Tienda shares research from the immigration issue of the Future of Children that describes how investing in the education of immigrant children will yield important dividends to offset the costs of a graying society.
“The Mismeasure of Poverty”
September 17, 2013: The New York Times
Sheldon Danziger, CRCW Advisory Board member, argues in a New York Times op-ed piece that a more encompassing poverty measure would show that the safety net is more effective than critics say.
“Improving Education Research”
September 10, 2013: Education Week
Future of Children author James Kemple testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Education and the Workforce Committee. He shared four principles to improve education research and produce better outcomes for students and teachers.
“Work is the Key”
September 10, 2013: The Economist
The Economist interviews Ron Haskins, a senior editor of Future of Children, who discusses how the welfare system should work and its response to the Great Recession.
“Policy Paper Cites Fragile Families Research Brief”
August 28, 2013: Cory Booker U.S. Senate Campaign
The Cory Booker campaign for U.S. Senate cites a Fragile Families Research Brief on Parental Incarceration and Child Wellbeing at the beginning of its policy paper on Reforming America's Criminal Justice System.
“The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities”
August 20, 2013: The New Republic
In a New Republic article, Christina Paxson argues why supporting the humanities is a worthwhile investment. “A grounding in the humanities will sharpen our answers to the toughest questions we are facing.”
“Past Immigration Policies Had a Reverse Effect”
August 14, 2013: National Public Radio
National Public Radio interviews Douglas Massey, who tells how policies intended to stop undocumented immigration actually kept migrants from returning to their home countries.
“Research Associate Receives $3.5 Million Study Grant”
August 13, 2013: Central Penn Business Journal
The National Institutes of Health has given a $3.5 million grant to Daniel Notterman to study how the environment, health, and genes interact in children and adolescents of the Fragile Families Study.
“Harsh in Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior”
August 5, 2013: National Public Radio
National Public Radio features Irwin Garfinkel who describes how the Great Recession and genes were associated with harsh parenting in mothers.
“Great Recession Onset Spurs Harsh Parenting”
August 5, 2013: Princeton University
Princeton University highlights research by Dohoon Lee, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Sara McLanahan, Daniel Notterman, and Irwin Garfinkel on how the Great Recession and genes were associated with maternal harsh parenting.
“Health and Education as Troubled Sectors”
July 23, 2013: The Brookings Institution
Isabel Sawhill explains in a Brookings opinion article how the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced nations in health care and education delivery. “It is time [we] recognize that without the kind of innovation that has made other sectors strong, the United States is doomed to become a second class nation.”
“ADHD Medication Might Not Improve Grades”
July 8, 2013: Wall Street Journal
In the Wall Street Journal, Janet Currie discusses findings from her research. "The possibility that [medication] won't help them [in school] needs to be acknowledged and needs to be closely monitored."
“Month of Conception Might Raise Odds of Premature Birth”
July 8, 2013: US News and World Report
Research by Janet Currie is cited by US News and World Report. Findings suggest that children conceived during the month of May could have increased risk of being premature relative to babies conceived in other months.
“Between a Rock and a Lawsuit”
June 22, 2013: The Economist
Research by Devah Pager is cited in The Economist. Pager's findings showed that employers are less likely to hire applicants with criminal histories and that the negative effects are increased for applicants who are black.
“Inner-City Fathers Face Challenges and Possibility”
June 16, 2013: MSNBC
A new book by Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson is highlighted by MSNBC. Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City illustrates the experiences of families living in difficult socioeconomic circumstances.
June 11, 2013: National Review Online
A blog post by National Review Online draws on research by Viviana Zelizer to argue that if child-rearing can be viewed as a long-term investment in well-being, then the child tax credit should be increased to ease the burden on middle-income families.
“Immigrants To Lead US Population Growth”
May 15, 2013: National Public Radio
According to census projections, new immigrants will be the main reason for population growth by 2027. Douglas Massey tells National Public Radio, "Other countries have already reached this state, where immigration is the prime source of population growth."
“Millions of Americans Live in Extreme Poverty. Here's How They Get By.”
May 13, 2013: The Washington Post
The Washington Post highlights research by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer which investigates the prevalence of extreme poverty in the US, defined as living on less than $2 a day per person. Findings will be published in Social Service Review."
“Health and Age of Immigrants Matter”
May 13, 2013: The New York Times
In the New York Times, Marta Tienda discusses findings from her research. "My analysis of immigrant admissions data shows that family reunification policies adopted in the 1960s are exacerbating the graying of the US population."
“Is the 'Go to College' Message Overdone?”
May 8, 2013: The Wall Street Journal
Research by Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill is cited in the Wall Street Journal. Sawhill finds that on average, going to college does pay off, "but if you load up on a whole lot of student debt and then you don't graduate, that is a very bad situation."
“Improving College Prep for Low-Income Students”
May 7, 2013: The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution highlights a policy brief for the latest issue of the Future of Children, Postsecondary Education in the United States. Ron Haskins and Cecilia Rouse review evaluations of federal programs aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who graduate college.
“Is There a Better Way to Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College?”
May 7, 2013: The Brookings Institution
The federal government has funded several programs to help students from low-income families to be more prepared for college, but research suggests these initiatives have had little success. On May 7, CRCW and the Brookings Institution released the newest issue of the Future of Children, Postsecondary Education in the United States.
“Experts Defend American Community Survey”
April 26, 2013: The Huffington Post
Douglas Massey participated in a Capitol Hill briefing to defend the American Community Survey, which is under attack in Congress. "All the detailed information about our population comes from the American Community Survey. And it's really an integral part of the American statistical system."
“Immigrant Kids, Adrift”
April 22, 2013: The New York Times
Research by Alejandro Portes is cited in a New York Times piece about the challenges faced by immigrant children in the US. Consistent with other studies, Portes has found evidence of declining educational performance over time.
“Brookings Expert Roundtable on President Obama's Federal Budget Proposal”
April 11, 2013: Brookings Institution
CRCW Advisory Board member Ron Haskins and Research Associate Isabel Sawhill take part in a Brookings Roundtable discussion about the President's budget proposal. One component of the budget is a program to offer preschool to all 4-year-old children from backgrounds of low to moderate income.
“How Immigration and Urbanization Make Miami a Global City on Edge”
April 5, 2013: WLRN
In an interview with WLRN, Alejandro Portes argues that the best method of dealing with the reality of urban immigration is to implement policies that facilitate newcomers' integration into the system.
“House, Senate Budgets Differ in Ways to Help Poor”
March 30, 2013: InfoZone
Budget plans have been approved for reducing the deficit without hurting the working poor, minorities, or women. However, Irwin Garfinkel argues that one part - raising the retirement age - would be discriminatory.
“Brutal New Face of Working Poverty in America”
March 22, 2013: ABC News
In an interview with ABC News, Kathryn Edin describes changes to the nature of low wage jobs since the recession. One example is more on-call work, where people have no gurantee that they'll get 40 hours of work each week.
“Personalized Medicine Gives Patients Focused Care”
March 15, 2013: Penn State News
Daniel Notterman describes research on personalized medicine. "In treating people who have a genetic test and are found to have a tumor mutation, 85 percent of people treated for that mutation might respond. That speaks to the real life-saving potential of the work we're doing now."
“Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class”
March 13, 2013: Washington Post
In the Washington Post, Ron Haskins explains that only 2 percent of adults who finish high school, get a full-time job, and wait until age 21 to get married and have children are in poverty, and nearly 75 percent have joined the middle class.
“Schools Consider Ways to Deal with Mental Health Disorders”
March 2, 2013: News Times
Research by Janet Currie and Robert Kahn in the Future of Children issue on Children with Disabilities is cited in a NewsTimes.com article about educators' approaches to reaching the increasing number of children with mental health needs.
“The Impact of Early Education”
February 28, 2013: Russell Sage Foundation
In an interview about the impact of preschool education, Jane Waldfogel tells the Russell Sage Foundation that children who have the opportunity to attend pre-K enter school better prepared in reading and math.
“Sara McLanahan 2013 Recipient of Prestigious Award from Harvard University”
February 2013: Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
CRCW Director Sara McLanahan is this year's recipient of the Thomas C. Schelling Award from Harvard University. The award is bestowed annually to an individual "whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy."
February 6, 2013: Yahoo Finance
CRCW Advisory Board Member Ron Haskins discusses the politics of immigration reform in Yahoo Finance. "It would be difficult to overstate the advantages to our economy of immigration reform."
“Sheldon H. Danziger Named New President of the Russell Sage Foundation”
February 4, 2013: Russell Sage Foundation
The Russell Sage Foundation announced the appointment of CRCW Advisory Board Member Sheldon Danziger as 10th president of the Foundation. Danziger said, "My goal is to advance the Foundation's stellar accomplishments in the social sciences and continue to focus on the key economic, political, and social challenges facing the nation."
“'Check Yes or No': The Hurdles of Job Hunting with a Criminal Past”
January 31, 2013: National Public Radio
Research by Devah Pager and colleagues is cited in National Public Radio's All Things Considered. The study found that job applicants with a conviction were nearly 50 percent less likely to be called back or receive a job offer.
“Experts Say Births Outside Marriage Grow Out of Changing Norms, Class Divide”
January 27, 2013: JC Online
Sara McLanahan is cited in articles about the rising number of nonmarital births in the US. In addition to changing norms, McLanahan says that economic forces play a role as well. Women are more economically independent and wages for men have declined.
“Fragile Families Challenge Parents, Children and Support Agencies”
January 27, 2013: The Star Press
Sara McLanahan describes findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study in an article in the Star Press. By the study child's fifth year, 65 percent of unmarried parents were no longer together, compared to 20 percent of married parents.
“Links between Education and Environmental Choices Startling”
January 26, 2013: Newsleader.com
Research by Janet Currie is featured in a NewsLeader article about environmental justice. In a recent lecture she explained how mothers' education and income levels influence how they use information about environmental hazards in selecting a place to live.
“I Do? Tallying Up the Marriage Penalty in the New Fiscal Deal”
January 8, 2013: American Public Media
According to American Public Media's Marketplace, under the new fiscal deal there is no marriage penalty for couples in the bottom two tax brackets. Isabel Sawhill says removing barriers for marriage may help reduce child poverty.
“Make 2013 the Year to Improve Middle Class Economic Prospects”
December 29, 2012: The Philadelphia Sunday SUN
Isabel Sawhill writes about the challenges President Obama faces in improving economic prospects for middle class Americans and those aspiring to join the middle class.
“Supplemental Security: Let's Build on This Vital Support for Disabled Kids”
December 20, 2012: Counter Punch
The Future of Children is cited in a Counterpunch op-ed that advocates maintaining and strengthening Supplemental Security Income for parents caring for children with disabilities.
“Could You Survive on $2 a Day?”
December 18, 2012: People's World
Research by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer is cited in an article by People's World. Findings indicate that nearly 1 in 5 low-income households in the US have been living in "extreme poverty," $2,920 per year for a family of four, since 1996.
“The Gritty, Hard Climb Out of Poverty”
December 17, 2012: National Public Radio
On National Public Radio's Tell Me More, Ron Haskins discusses poverty in the US. While, poverty rates are much higher among blacks and Hispanics, poverty is not a stranger in any group.
“How Children Could Suffer From a Weaker Safety Net”
December 13, 2012: The Atlantic
The Atlantic cites Janet Currie in an article about how fiscal cliff compromises and a weaker safety net might affect children. Previous research on early childhood interventions suggests there may be greater consequences for girls.
“Eliminate the Debt Ceiling Altogether, Says Senior Fellow at Brookings”
December 6, 2012: The New American
Isabel Sawhill is quoted in an article about the US national debt crisis. “The fiscal cliff is not the most worrisome economic issue facing the country. The real cliff is the debt ceiling, and if we go off that cliff, it will be catastrophic.”
“A Bipartisan Proposal: Go Medium to Avoid Fiscal Cliff”
December 5, 2012: CNN World
Ron Haskins coauthored a piece in CNN World that makes a bipartisan proposal for moving forward to alleviate some of the nation’s fiscal woes.
“Jorge Castaneda and Douglas Massey on Mexican Immigration to the US”
December 4, 2012: National Review Online
National Review Online cites Douglas Massey in discussing trends in Mexican immigration to the US. Unauthorized migration has decreased and legal Mexican migration has gone up.
“Economists: Hurricanes Spell Trouble for Pregnancies”
October 29, 2012: The Brookings Institution
Research by Janet Currie and Maya Rossin Slater is highlighted in the Atlantic. Their findings provide evidence that children whose mothers experienced a hurricane or tropical storm during pregnancy are more likely to have complications at birth, though not as severe has had been previously suggested.
“The Looming Fiscal Cliff: Little Room for Optimism”
October 17, 2012: The Brookings Institution
In a Brookings Institution webcast, Ron Haskins discusses the state of the US economy. With an escalating deficit and weak debt reduction plan, the American people face difficult economic times ahead.
“Latino Access to Preschool Key in Narrowing Hispanic-white Gap”
October 15, 2012: NBC Latino
The newest volume of the Future of Children, Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, is cited by NBC Latino. Researchers estimate that the Hispanic-white gap in school readiness could be closed by as much as 26 percent by equalizing access to center-based preschool.
“Census Bureau Names Two CRCW Associates as Members of New Committee”
October 12, 2012: The Census Bureau
The Census Bureau has named Irwin Garfinkel and Sheldon Danziger as members of the recently established National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. The 32-member committee will advise the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, poverty, race, ethnicity, and other variables.
“'Race to Literacy' Plan Proposed”
October 2, 2012: Education Week
Education Week highlights a recent Brookings Institution event held in conjunction with the release of the newest volume of the Future of Children, "Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century." The volume discusses ways policymakers and practitioners can help to improve student literacy.
“Can Academic Standards Boost Literacy and Close the Achievement Gap?”
October 2, 2012: The Brookings Institution
In a recent Future of Children policy brief, Ron Haskins, Richard Murnane, Isabel Sawhill, and Catherine Snow suggest a plan to help states improve students' literacy skills through the implementation of evidence-based programs for increasing the quality of teaching, especially in schools with high levels of poverty.
“Preserving an Endangered Institution”
September 28, 2012: Magic City Morning Star
Research with the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is cited in an article about the benefits of marriage for children and families. Findings suggest that unmarried women are generally optimistic toward marriage but having a child often comes first.
“Who Makes It Into the Middle Class”
September 24, 2012: The New York Times
A new study by Isabel Sawhill and colleagues is highlighted by the New York Times. The paper examines why some children fare better than others and what it will take to create more opportunity in the US.
“Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?”
September 13, 2012: National Public Radio
National Public Radio cites research by Isabel Sawhill. "There's no question in my mind that the change in family structure in the US, meaning the growth of single-parent families, has played a role in increasing poverty and inequality."
“Danziger Discusses Why Congress Must Do More”
September 10, 2012: The University of Michigan
At the University of Michigan, Sheldon Danziger discusses the issue of poverty in the US. He indicates that poverty rates this year are expected to increase, perhaps to as high as 15.5 percent, and stresses the need for government policy that increases employment and earnings.
“McLanahan on the Importance of Dads”
August 29, 2012: The New York Times
In a recent new York times letter to the editor, Professor Sara McLanahan disputes how her research has recently been portrayed in the New York Times opinion pages.
“McLanahan is Cited in Debate Over Single Motherhood”
August 11, 2012: The New York Times
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (see Future of Children volume) and other research by Sara McLanahan is cited in the ongoing debate on single motherhood. Read the New York Times op-ed, "In Defense of Single Motherhood" and the earlier article "Two Classes, Divided by 'I Do.'" Also, see the follow-up piece in Slate, "The Kids are Not Really Alright."
“Haskins on Welfare Reform Debate”
August 7, 2012: The Washington Post
The Washington Post cites Ron Haskins in the debate on welfare reform. Haskins, one of the main authors of the 1996 reform law, explains that never-married mothers are still working at higher rates than prior to the reforms, despite the economic downturn.
“Rouse, Former Obama adviser, to Head Wilson School”
July 30, 2012: The Daily Princetonian
Cecilia Rouse will lead the Woodrow Wilson School as the next dean. Professor Rouse served as the Deputy Chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, focusing primarily on issues related to postsecondary education.
“British Academy Fellowship for Professor Kathleen Kiernan”
July 20, 2012: The University of York
At the University of York, Kathleen Kiernan has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest honor for social science scholars in the UK. Professor Kiernan has been an annual Visiting Research Scholar at CRCW since 2004.
“Deadbeat Dad Perception of Poor Fathers Shattered”
July 19, 2012: HealthCanal.com
In a seminar a the University of Queensland, Kathryn Edin discussed the changing nature of fatherhood, based on eight years of ethnographic research in Camden and Philadelphia, published in the forthcoming book Doing the Best I Can.
“Chronic Mental Health Issues in Children Loom Larger Than Physical Problems”
July 18, 2012: The Journal of the American Medical Association
The Journal of the American Medical Association highlights Children with Disabilities, the newest volume of The Future of Children. For the first time in more than three decades, the top five disabilities among children in the US are mental, as opposed to physical, health conditions.
“Bring Back the American Dream? It's Not That Hard”
July 17, 2012: The Christian Science Monitor
In the Christian Science Monitor, Isabel Sawhill argues that restoring opportunity in the US will require an activist government and individual responsibility. She calls for efforts to reduce unemployment, continue education reform, and provide greater support for some nongovernmental organizations.
“Foreclosure Related Suicide on the Rise”
July 17, 2012: Huffington Post
As reported in the Huffington Post, research by Janet Currie and Erdal Tekin finds a positive association between foreclosure rates and mental and physical health problems, as well as suicide attempts.
“Two Classes, Divided by 'I Do'”
July 14, 2012: The New York Times
Research by Sara McLanahan is cited in a New York Times article and blog about family structure and class inequality. She indicates that people with more education tend to have more stable family structures while those with less education have more complex family situations. "I think the process is creating greater gaps in these children's life chances."
“Need to Know: Solving Poverty in America”
June 29, 2012: PBS
Ron Haskins was recently interviewed on PBS's "Need to Know," regarding US efforts to reduce poverty. The program also highlighted The Family Independence Initiative in Oakland, CA, a successful experimental program designed to help the working poor.
“Study Focuses on Environmental Stresses on Pregnancy”
June 29, 2012: Red Orbit
The Red Orbit highlights a recent study by Janet Currie and Maya Rossin-Slater which examined the association between stressful events in pregnancy and health outcomes among newborns. The findings suggest that stress has a negative effect on the baby, but the effect is more subtle than some previous work has suggested.
“The Brian Lehrer Show: Supreme Court Health Care Decision Continued”
June 28, 2012: WNYC
WNYC includes Paul Starr, co-founder of The American Prospect and senior health policy advisor under President Bill Clinton, in a discussion about the Supreme Court's recent decision to continue the Affordable Care Act.
“World Experts Meet in Edinburgh to Consider How Life Experiences Impact Genes”
June 25, 2012: Economic and Social Research Council
A symposium organized by the Economic and Social Research Council examined the role of epigenetics research in issues related to child development and health. John Hobcraft was the lead scientific organizer and a speaker at the symposium.
“American Children, Now Struggling to Adjust to Life in Mexico”
June 18, 2012: New York Times
The New York Times discusses the challenges many children face as their families return to Mexico after having raised them in the US. Marta Tienda says, "These kinds of changes are really traumatic for kids."
“The Cities With the Most Single Dads”
June 15, 2012: US News and World Report
Census data show that 15% of single parents were men as of 2011, and 19% of households they headed fell below the poverty line. Ron Haskins tells US News and World Report that kids in single-parent families tend to fare worse than kids in married-couple families.
“Improving the Lives of Single Moms and Their Kids”
June 12, 2012: National Public Radio
On National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," Isabel Sawhill explains, "Being a single parent is very hard, and it's going to be better for [young people] and better for their kids if they can find a stable, committed relationship, that we often call marriage, before they have kids."
“Tolerance of Poverty”
June 8, 2012: The Huffington Post
In discussing poverty in the US, the Huffington Post quotes Sheldon Danziger, "Among rich countries, the US is exceptional. We are exceptional in our tolerance of poverty." In 2010 20.5 million Americans were living on less than half of the federal poverty level.
“Women Kill the Buzz for Guys Who Hire, Fire Them”
June 6, 2012: Bloomberg
A Bloomberg article underlines research by Claudia Goldin and Ceclia Rouse, which showed that a female musician's chance of being hired by a symphony orchestra increased by 25 percent when her identity - and gender - were concealed for the audition.
“Senate Finance Committee Reviews Federal Programs Combating Poverty”
June 5, 2012: C-SPAN
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on anti-poverty programs, in which Ron Haskins served as a witness. The hearing specifically examined Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which expires in September.
“A Plan to Reform Immigration Policy, DIY-Style”
June 5, 2012: National Public Radio
Douglas Massey tells National Public Radio that illegal migration started a downward trend in the early 2000s, and then dropped in 2008 with the recession. The undocumented population is fairly stable at 11.5 million.
“Devah Pager Awarded 2012 Early Career Award”
June 2012: Princeton University
The Early Career Award is presented by the American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty to a scholar who has made major contributions early in his or her career. This year the Early Career Award has been awarded to Devah Pager.
“The Single-Mom Catastrophe”
June 3, 2012: Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles Times op-ed highlights research by Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins in a discussion of the economic consequences of the rise of single motherhood in the US. Poverty would decline if parents would marry at higher rates.
“Do-It-Yourself Immigration Reform”
June 1, 2012: The New York Times
A New York Times op-ed coauthored by Douglas Massey indicates that while the rate of undocumented immigration neared zero, legal Mexican migration rose. Now may be the time to reconsider whether the US still faces a difficult problem with Mexican immigration.
“20 Years Later, Dan Quayle Right about Murphy Brown and Unmarried Moms”
May 25, 2012: The Washington Post
In the Washington Post, Isabel Sawhill discusses trends in single motherhood since Vice President Dan Quayle's family-values speech 20 years ago, and what the research shows regarding these changes. Marriage brings economic benefits and is good for children.
“Caught in the Cycle of Poverty”
May 24, 2012: Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times quotes Kathryn Edin about the struggles of children and families living in poverty. "Getting out of poverty takes extraordinary perseverance. When disadvantage builds over generations, it is going to take generations to unbuild it."
“Define 'Welfare State,' Please”
May 14, 2012: The New York Times
The New York Times draws on research by Irwin Garfinkel and Timothy Smeeding in a discussion about inconsistencies in defining the "unsustainable welfare state."
“Are Dads the New Moms?”
May 11, 2012: The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal highlights the Future of Children in an article about changing views of fatherhood. Research from the Fragile Families Study indicates that a high proportion of unmarried fathers say they want to be involved in raising their child, and mothers say they want the father's involvement.
“Is the American Dream a Thing of the Past?”
May 10, 2012: The Washington Times
The Washington Times discusses changing economic circumstances in the US and Mexico. Alejandro Portes finds economic growth to be anemic in Mexico, with unemployment higher than it was when NAFTA was signed.
“The Number of Children Diagnosed with a Disability at an 'Unprecedented' Level”
May 9, 2012: Birth to Thrive Online
Birth to Thrive Online calls the latest volume of the Future of Children "one of the most ambitious efforts to explore and understand what spikes in [childhood disabilities] mean."
“Uncertain Fate for Decision That Paved the Way for Affordable Housing in NJ”
May 7, 2012: WNYC
Research by Douglas Massey is spotlighted on WNYC. Massey found that residents of a controversial affordable housing complex in Mount Laurel, NJ have a better quality of life than those who applied but never moved into the complex.
“Report Says More Kids Have Mental-Health Disorders”
May 1, 2012: The Columbus Dispatch
The newest volume of the Future of Children, Children with Disabilities, is highlighted in The Columbus Dispatch. The volume indicates that the most prevalent childhood disabilities have shifted away from the physical to mental-health disorders.
“For First Time Since Depression, More Mexicans Leave US Than Enter”
April 24, 2012: The Washington Post
The Washington Post quotes Douglas Massey on the current shift in Mexican migration patterns. “I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don't think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s.”
“Affordable Housing in New Jersey: A Q&A”
April 22, 2012: New Jersey Star-Ledger
The New Jersey Star-Ledger features an interview with Douglas Massey regarding his research on the community effects of affordable housing. His findings reveal positive outcomes, including better neighborhoods, less violence and social disorder, better mental health, and higher rates of employment.
“Princeton Highlights Study Using Fragile Families Data”
April 17, 2012: Princeton University
CNN and US News and World Report feature a study published in the journal Pediatrics that found, in an analysis of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, that young girls growing up in stressful home environments were at increased risk of obesity by age 5.
“Antipoverty Tax Program Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary”
April 17, 2012: New York Times
Kathryn Edin's coming book It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World is highlighted in a New York Times piece on the Earned Income Tax Credit. Edin's findings suggest that despite the benefits of the E.I.T.C., it does not solve the problem that many people still can’t live on their wages.
“Should We Be 'Celebrating' Equal Pay Day Today - or in January?”
April 17, 2012: TIME Business
TIME Business underlines the 23% earnings gap between full-time working men and women. Women who work full time earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by full-time working men. Jane Waldfogel argues that motherhood may account for up to half of this gap.
“'Buffet Rule' Is a Good Start”
April 16, 2012: US News and World Report
In US News and World Report Isabel Sawhill indicates that while the "Buffet Rule" will not by itself reduce the deficit very much, it should send a message to voters that "the system will no longer so egregiously favor the wealthy."
“Study Finds Hispanics Are More Underrepresented in Texas Universities”
April 12, 2012: Huffington Post
The Huffington Post highlights a study by Angel Harris and Marta Tienda which finds that Texas's new college admission policy may have increased disadvantage for the Hispanic population.
“Cecilia Rouse on the Dropout Rate”
April 10, 2012: PBS
PBS features a discussion with Cecilia Rouse on addressing the nation's dropout rate. Rouse suggests (1) investing more in early education, (2) focusing more on the transition from middle school to high school, and (3) ensuring that students have a rigorous curriculum.
“The Myth of the Disappearing Middle Class”
March 29, 2012: The Washington Post
In the Washington Post, Ron Haskins reports that if the same share of adults were married today as in 1970, poverty would be reduced by more than a quarter. However, an increasing number of women with a high school degree or less education do not marry, and 40% of their babies are born outside of marriage.
“Parents Who Brag Too Much”
March 13, 2012: Chicago Tribune
A new book by Hilary Levey Friedman, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, is highlighted in a Chicago Tribune article about maintaining perspective and finding balance in talking about children's extracurricular activities.
“Carey Cooper to Join Faculty at Teachers College”
March 2012: Teachers College
We are pleased to announce that former CRCW Postdoctoral Research Associate Carey Cooper will be joining the faculty of Teachers College at Columbia University in fall 2013 as Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology.
“Under $2 a Day in America”
March 5, 2012: Huffington Post
The Huffington Post cites research coauthored by Kathryn Edin on the increase in poverty in the US. Findings indicate that the number of US families living on $2 or less per person per day for a month or more has more than doubled in 15 years.
“A Princeton Dean Is Named to Lead Brown”
March 2, 2012: The New York Times
Christina Paxson, CRCW Research Associate and Dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected to serve as the next president of Brown University.
“Stuck in the Middle”
February 24, 2012: Prevention Action
Prevention Action highlights an analysis of data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study by Elizabeth Washbrook and Jane Waldfogel which finds that when children from low and middle-income families arrive at school, they are five months behind children of higher-income families in vocabulary skills.
“CRCW Featured on Princeton University Research Spotlight”
February 20, 2012: Princeton University
The Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) is being featured on Princeton University's Research Spotlights. Visit the Spotlight to read about CRCW's three main initiatives: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, The Future of Children journal, and the Princeton Global Network on Child Migration.
“For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage”
February 17, 2012: The New York Times
While more than half of births to women under 30 occur outside marriage, most college graduates still marry before having children. Quoting Sara McLanahan, the New York Times suggests that one reason could be that men who are more educated are often more willing to give women equal authority.
“Pentagon Opening More Posts to Women Short of Ground-Combat”
February 9, 2012: Bloomberg
A Bloomberg article reports that the US military has proposed to open 14,000 jobs for women closer to the front lines. Nancy Duff Campbell says the decision still does not go far enough, as many jobs remain off-limits for women.
“Cecilia Rouse on the Economy, New Jobs Report, Drop in Black Unemployment”
February 7, 2012: News One
News One features an interview with Cecilia Rouse about a recent increase in private-sector jobs. The national unemployment rate decreased from 8.5% to 8.3% in December overall, and fell more than 2% - down to 13.6% - for African Americans.
“Does Child Abuse Cause Crime?”
February 7, 2012: National Bureau of Economic Research
Research by CRCW Research Associate Janet Currie and coauthor Erdal Tekin is highlighted by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The authors find that child maltreatment nearly doubles the probability that an individual will engage in many types of crime.
“No Data Support Communities in School's Claims on CMS Dropouts”
February 6, 2012: The Charlotte Observer
An article in the Charlotte Observer cites The Future of Children in saying that more research is needed on dropout prevention programs. Leaders of the Communities in Schools dropout prevention program say it is difficult to track students who move in and out of the program due to personal and family challenges.
“Should States Raise the Age of Mandatory Attendance?”
January 31, 2012: The New York Times
The New York Times covers a discussion on The Brian Lehrer Show with Cecilia Rouse regarding President Obama's call for states to require students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18. Evidence indicates that age increases lead to higher salaries for students later on.
“Segregation Curtailed in US Cities, Study Finds”
January 30, 2012: The New York Times
In the New York Times, Douglas Massey comments on a Manhattan Institute study which found that US cities are more racially integrated than they have been in over a century. Still, Massey says, in metro areas with large black populations there has been little or no decline.
“Years After Katrina, Minds Slow to Recover”
January 27, 2012: Futurity
Research by Christina Paxson is highlighted by Futurity. Data collected before and after Katrina indicate that many survivors of the hurricane continue to struggle with poor mental health years later. The results may help mental health professionals address the needs of disaster survivors.
“Are After-School Math Centers Really Worth the Money?”
January 22, 2012: The Boston Globe
In the Boston Globe, Hilary Levey Friedman discusses the growing popularity of extracurricular math centers for children. There are many programs for parents to choose from but more research is needed to determine whether they actually improve student performance.
“Campaign Renews Scrutiny of Growing Food-Stamp Program”
January 17, 2012: The Wall Street Journal
According to The Wall Street Journal, some feel the attacks made by Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich regarding the food stamp program are not well substantiated. Ron Haskins and others believe the program provides needed help to poor families during the financial crisis.
“What High School is Worth on the Free Market”
January 17, 2012: The Economist
An article in The Economist draws on research by Cecilia Rouse to stress the importance of accessible higher education for all. Rouse estimates that each high school dropout costs the nation about $260,000 over her or his lifetime.
“GOP Candidates Back Welfare Model for Food Stamps, Housing”
January 11, 2012: Huffington Post
According to the Huffington Post, some look to 1996 welfare reform as a model for cutting spending in other social programs, but CRCW Advisory Board Member Ron Haskins says a model like this doesn't work during a recession. Many are forced off welfare support with no work.
“US is 'Land of Opportunity' No More?”
January 6, 2012: National Public Radio
National Public Radio's Tell Me More features a discussion with CRCW Research Associate Isabel Sawhill on recent reports indicating that the US lags behind Canada and Britain in terms of economic mobility. Sawhill attributes the lack of mobility to the education gap, poor labor market conditions, and parents having children before they are ready.
“Nancy Duff Campbell & Marcia D. Greenberger: Litigators for Legal Equality”
January 4, 2012: Women's eNews
Among the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, presented by Women's eNews, is CRCW Advisory Board Member Nancy Duff Campbell. Campbell and others at the National Women's Law Center, where she is co-founder and president, are involved in cases for improving opportunities for women.
“Was the Mandate a Mistake?”
December 26, 2011: The New Republic
An article in The New Republic highlights the work of CRCW Advisory Board Member Paul Starr in a discussion on the individual mandate as an element of health care reform. Starr wrote The Social Transformation of American Medicine and was an architect of Bill Clinton's health care plan.
“Bosses Must Be Creative”
December 26, 2011: The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights The Future of Children's latest issue on Work and Family. Amidst family financial struggles and time constraints, family advocates urge employers to provide workers with more flexible schedules. Doing so can help parents and caregivers meet family obligations and lead to greater productivity.
“Hershey's Center for the Protection of Children Aims to Treat Child Abuse”
December 26, 2011: PennLive.com
CRCW Research Associate and Penn State's Associate Vice President for Research Daniel Notterman tells PennLive.com about Penn State's new Center for the Protection of Children. One of the Center's major roles will be to foster collaborations of research in different fields that can impact child abuse.
“Mobility Is a Problem; Now What?”
December 23, 2011: The Brookings Instition
In a Brooking Institution blog, Ron Haskins emphasizes the role of personal responsibility in the effort to promote opportunity in America. Highlighting findings from earlier work with Isabel Sawhill, Haskins indicates that programmatic spending will have little impact on economic mobility unless young adults can make wise choices about schooling, marriage, childbearing, and work.
“Gingrich’s Proposals On Child Labor Stir Attacks, But Raise Issues”
December 7, 2011: National Public Radio
National Public Radio reports that Newt Gingrich's proposal to put poor children to work to teach them the "work habit" has stirred controversy. CRCW Research Associate Ron Haskins suggests that while learning to work at an early age has benefits, census data indicate that parents of poor children are already setting a good example.
“Programs That Tie Funds to Effectiveness are at Risk”
December 2, 2011: The New York Times
Despite the evidence that they work, The New York Times reports that federal funding for home-visiting programs will be significantly cut or eliminated under a new House proposal. CRCW Research Associate Ron Haskins asks, “Why, in a constrained budget environment, do you cut the programs that have to show they’re working? It makes no sense.”
“Incarceration and Housing Insecurity among Urban Fathers”
December 2011: Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
A new Fragile Families Research Brief at CRCW examines the relationship between incarceration and housing insecurity. Urban fathers who have been recently incarcerated may be at greater risk of experiencing homelessness and other types of insecure housing.
“Bye Bye Biden?”
November 25, 2011: The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal explains why President Obama might be considering Hillary Clinton for the 2012 ticket. WSJ refers to observations by CRCW Research Associate Paul Starr that 45% of people who disapprove of President Obama's performance have favorable views of Mrs. Clinton.
“Professor Jane Waldfogel Analyzes the Divide Between Rich and Poor”
November 21, 2011: MyScience
MyScience features CRCW Research Associate Jane Waldfogel in an interview on the impact of policy on inequality and social mobility. Professor Waldfogel touches on poverty issues revealed by the Census Bureau's new measure, stressing the urgent need to make health care affordable for everyone.
“The Defense Cuts Aren't the Biggest Problem with the Trigger”
November 21, 2011: The Washington Post
CRCW Research Associate Isabel Sawhill says federal budget cuts to domestic discretionary spending could have more of an impact on people's lives than some expect. According to the Washington Post, cuts will be made to energy and transportation, low-income programs, public safety, and veterans' health care.
“Hillarycare: The Sequel”
November 16, 2011: The New York Times
The New York Times Sunday Book Review highlights CRCW Research Associate Paul Starr's new book, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform. The Times calls the new book an unofficial companion to Starr's Pulitzer Prizewinning The Social Transformation of American Medicine.
“Immigration from Mexico in Fast Retreat, Data Show”
November 15, 2011: Los Angeles Times
Research findings by Douglas Massey indicate that the number of immigrations from Mexico has decreased substantially. The Los Angeles Times reports that the downturn in job opportunities may be the main reason for this new point in migration history.
“Income Ladder's Sticky Steps”
November 12, 2011: The Wall Street Journal
CRCW Board Member Sheldon Danziger tells the Wall Street Journal that while there is a lot of economic mobility in the US, there is also a lot of inequality. Measuring mobility is a complex issue, but figures based on tax returns show that most of those in the top one percent remained at least in the top 20% nine years later. On the other hand, more than half of those in the bottom quintile were still there nine years later.
“49 Million Americans in Poverty, Census Calculates”
November 7, 2011: PBS News Hour
PBS News Hour features CRCW Board Member Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution in a discussion on new census data showing roughly one in six Americans living in poverty. Haskins tells PBS that while the data indicate there are more poor elderly and fewer poor children, there is still more poverty among children. He concludes that government programs are more effective than they have been, particularly among working families.
“Wealth Gap Between Old, Young is Widest Ever”
November 6, 2011: The Seattle Times
New census data reveal that the wealth gap between young adults and seniors is the widest on record. US households headed by someone age 65 or older have a net worth that is 47 times greater than those headed by someone age 35 or younger. The housing bust has been a major factor, but CRCW Board Member Sheldon Danziger at the University of Michigan reports that college tuition is also a problem as many state governments have had to cut support for public colleges and universities.
November 4, 2011: The New York Times
To preview findings from the Census Bureau's new poverty measures, the New York Times examined multiple alternate measures of poverty that account for things like taxes, the cost of living, and food stamps. The analysis reveals that poverty rates among children are falling while rates among the elderly are climbing. Irwin Garfinkel, CRCW Board Member at Columbia University reports having found evidence of similar trends in his own analysis of poverty.
“Debt-Reduction Committee's Automatic Cuts Could Fall Heavily on Younger Generation”
November 2, 2011: ABC News
ABC News reports that the Congressional deficit-reduction Supercommittee has less than a month to reach an agreement on reducing federal spending. Without an agreement, automatic cuts would take effect, which could have major consequences for younger generations. Ron Haskins, CRCW Board Member at the Brookings Institution, says, "When push comes to shove they are going to cut programs for the kids," while programs like Social Security and Medicaid would remain untouched.
“Unmarried Urban Dads Help Out at Home”
November 2, 2011: Chicago Tribune
CRCW's Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is highlighted in the Chicago Tribune. Northwestern’s Craig Garfiled examined Fragile Families fathers and found that unmarried urban dads really want to be involved in their children's lives but many lack a support system and good role models. To improve children's wellbeing, health care professionals could do more to show dads how to be involved. For example, encouraging these dads to play with their kids may be a solution for childhood obesity.
“Fragile Families Study Year-Nine Data Released to Public”
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbing Study's newest wave of data is now accessible through Princeton University's Office of Population Research Data Archive. The data include information from core biological mother and father, primary caregiver, child, and teacher interviews, as well as assessment measures of the child's home environment and cognitive and emotional development. Learn more about the data on the Fragile Families documentation page.
“Should Congress Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill in Pieces?”
October 31, 2011: National Public Radio
According to NPR, on October 25, as part of the Intelligence Squared US Series, a debate among four experts was held regarding whether parts of the President's jobs plan should be passed one by one. One of the two arguing for the motion was co-editor of the Future of Children, Cecilia Rouse, who served in the White House at the National Economic Council and as a member of the President’s Council of Economic advisors. Rouse’s side won the debate, with 69% of the audience voting for the motion.
“Children of Immigrants Hit an Economic Ceiling”
October 30, 2011: Los
The Los Angeles Times reports that as middle-class jobs disappear, many young Americans find themselves worse off than their parents were at their age, working below their qualifications. The situation is especially difficult for children of immigrants, many of whom are settling for jobs their parents had, even with more education. Alejandro Portes told the Times, “It's a great waste of talent and motivation.” Many people feel the government could be doing more to create jobs.
“WWS Dean Paxson elected to American Economic Association”
October 18, 2011: The Daily Princetonian
Woodrow Wilson School Dean and CRCW associate Christina Paxson has been elected as vice president of the American Economic Association. Her one-year term will begin in April 2012.
“Work-Family Conflict: Look to Employers and Communities for Solutions”
October 2011: The Brookings Institution
In a new Future of Children policy brief, Ron Haskins, Jane Waldfogel, and Sara McLanahan discuss three demographic changes that are contributing to work-family conflict:
mothers' continued entry into the workforce, high divorce rates, and the growing elderly population. The authors recommend workplace flexibility and community solutions to offer immediate relief in easing work-family conflict. Such policies are gaining momentum as anti-poverty efforts because they help individuals keep their jobs. As Heather Boushey, volume author, noted at the Brookings Institution event, "if you lose your job in America today, your chances of getting another job are lower than they've been since the Great Depression. It is critical to help individuals stay in the workforce."
“Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Political Disobedience’”
October 13, 2011: The New York Times
The New York Times quotes Douglas Massey in a discussion on the shift toward political disobedience - a view that resists political ideologies, partisan politics, and the call for party identification. According to the Times, this political movement is the result of the negative effects of deregulation. One outcome is the widening income gap since the 1970s, as described by Massey in his book Categorically Unequal.
“GOP Debate Ignores Elephant in Room: High School Dropouts”
October 12, 2011: Forbes
Forbes looks at research by Cecilia Rouse to explain why low-cost solutions to the high school dropout epidemic should be more of a concern among conservative and liberal scholars and political candidates. High school dropouts are more likely to rely on public assistance and participate in violent crimes, and each one costs the US about $260,000 over her or his lifetime.
“Assets Increase Incidence of Marriage”
October 7, 2011: Red Orbit
Red Orbit casts the spotlight on Ph.D. candidate Daniel Schneider's work recently published in the American Journal of Sociology. Schneider finds a decline in the incidence of marriage among people with lower levels of wealth and financial assets. He argues that these findings suggest a need for social programs to help people build their savings.
“Congress Sits Idle While Economy Falters”
October 6, 2011: CNNMoney
Isabel Sawhill, CRCW associate and Brookings scholar, tells CNNMoney that while the nation's economy continues to suffer, congress is "ignoring all sound economic advice." Democrats argue for raising taxes on the wealthy, but republicans call for less government spending and regulation. Unable to reach a consensus, they remain locked in stalemate.
“Findings Show Higher Achievement Program Improves Test Scores”
October 2011: Public/Private Ventures
In an extensive evaluation of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), an after-school and summer program for low-income, middle school youth in the Washington DC area, Jean Grossman and her colleagues find significant improvement in standardized test scores two years after enrollment.
“The 'Grand' Finale: Ending Season 4 of Toddlers and Tiaras”
September 25, 2011: Huffington Post
In the Huffington Post, Hilary Levey Friedman discusses the recent popularity of child beauty pageants in the US, claiming such programs should not be featured on television because of parents' increasingly inappropriate and exploitive behavior.
“Record Poverty Numbers Send a Loud Wake-Up Call”
September 21, 2011: Huffington Post
In the Huffington Post Nancy Duff Campbell, founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, describes the dire circumstances of American families, particularly those headed by women with children. According to new census data, more than forty percent of female-headed families with children lived in poverty last year.
“Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on 'Lost Decade'”
September 13, 2011: The New York Times
Two CRCW Board members are quoted in a New York Times article highlighting recent census data which reveal that the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line (15.1% last year) is the highest it has been in nearly twenty years. The main cause is unemployment, and according to Sheldon Danziger, among the most affected are those without college degrees. Ron Haskins says the bad news adds to the heavy burden already born by the current administration.
“Decade Later, Professors Reflect on Aftermath”
September 11, 2011: The Daily Princetonian
In reflecting on the outcomes of 9/11, Douglas Massey tells The Daily Princetonian that the extreme caution resulting from the events of that day have made life very difficult for noncitizens in the US. The repression these people and their families have felt may have led our country to miss out on foreign talent and human capital.
“Economists: Employer Tax Breaks May Be Weakest Link in Obama Jobs Plan”
September 8, 2011: Huffington Post
In The Huffington Post, Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution contributes feedback to President Obama's recent jobs plan. While the jobs plan would give businesses some incentive to hire, it may not be as effective as other methods.
“Working-Age Adults Make Up Record Share of US Poor”
September 6, 2011: National Public Radio
National Public Radio quotes Sheldon Danziger, CRCW board member at the University of Michigan, in an article highlighting new census data which indicate a changing face of poverty. Unlike the 1970s when poverty was most prevalent among children, today three out of five poor people are working-age adults. Danziger suggests more discussion on workers' wages, especially those with low education.
“Young Men's Initiative: A Win-Win”
August 28, 2011: Huffington Post
The Huffington Post draws on research by Devah Pager to underline the difficulties in finding employment for Black and Latinos with criminal convictions. In an effort to help otherwise qualified individuals get back on their feet, new policy in New York City prevents employers from asking questions about criminal conviction history in the initial stage of the hiring process.
“Is Welfare Reform Working?”
August 23, 2011: The Washington Post
The Washington Post highlights the effects of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program since its creation fifteen years ago. Drawing from an interview with Brookings scholar Ron Haskins, the article suggests that during the recession, welfare reform may be hindering support to the unemployed, more than increasing employment.
“Do We Spend Too Much on Education?”
August 23, 2011: The New York Times
The New York Times features Cecilia Rouse in a discussion on education as a societal investment. While our education system is not perfect, high school and college graduates continue to have higher earnings, better health, and lower dependence on social programs.
“What Works to Close the Education Gap”
August 22, 2011: National Public Radio
National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” included Angel Harris as a panel member in a discussion on the achievement gap between children of color and their white counterparts. Harris explains that increasing diversification in the US demands that we address this issue, which may be caused by children entering school without the necessary skill set to be successful in their required curriculum.
“A Depressing Start to the School Year”
August 21, 2011: Houston Chronicle
In a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Princeton graduate and CRCW affliate, underlines the poor economic circumstances of public school children in Texas, one of the lowest ranking states in child well-being. In light of this issue, she urges readers to consider whether increasing the number of low-wage jobs is worth the looming budget cuts in education.
“The Poor Lack Personal Responsibility? That's Rich.”
August 20, 2011: National Public Radio
National Public Radio's Jacki Lyden discusses the attitudes of Americans toward the poor. Quoting Sheldon Danziger, CRCW board member at the University of Michigan, she asserts that as a society, Americans are not compassionate enough about the more than 43 million people living among us in poverty.
“In Hard Times, Welfare Cases Drop in Some States”
August 19, 2011: National Public Radio
Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution is quoted by National Public Radio in pointing out the surprisingly small number of welfare caseloads in the US, despite skyrocketing unemployment rates. He questions the effectiveness of current welfare policy in helping the unemployed get back on their feet.
“Multigenerational Households are on Rise in NJ”
August 11, 2011: New Jersey Star-Ledger
The New Jersey Star-Ledger quotes Sara McLanahan in a news article highlighting recent Census findings which show evidence of an evolving definition of the family. The number of US households with unmarried partners and those with three or more generations are increasing.
“Obama Education Waiver Plan Could Result in Individual State Accountability Systems”
August 8, 2011: Huffington Post
Cecilia Rouse explains to The Huffington Post that the Obama Administration's new plan to use waivers to provide relief to states in their efforts to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind is similar to previous actions in welfare reform and should be beneficial for education reform efforts.
“Isolated, Vulnerable, and Broke”
August 4, 2011: The New York Times
As a NY Times Op-Ed contributor, Douglas Massey describes Hispanic families' disparate decline in wealth during recent years. Here, he asserts that alienation and vulnerability caused by U.S. immigration and border-control systems, as well as unique exploitation faced during housing crisis, contributed to Hispanics' worsening socioeconomic status, relative to black and white families.
“Today Show Features Brooks-Gunn Research on Toddlers Sleeping with Parents”
August 2, 2011: Today Show
The Today Show and NBC put the spotlight on research by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and her colleagues at Teachers College of Columbia University. Their findings provide evidence that toddlers co-sleeping with parents has no adverse affects on kids' behavior and intellectual development.
“African-American Middle Class Eroding as Unemployment Rate Soars”
July 28, 2011: Fox News
Fox News underlines the high unemployment rates for African Americans in today's economy. The article draws on Devah Pager's groundbreaking study, which shows that black men are less likely to be called back about an employment application than white men with a criminal record.
“What Is Best for Children?”
July 15, 2011: The Arizona Republic
An editorial in the Arizona Republic uses data from The Future of Children's Fragile Families volume to emphasize the importance of committed, two-parent families in raising healthy, well-adjusted children.
“Obama Anti-Poverty Programs Begin to Take Shape”
July 12, 2011: City Limits Magazine
A City Limits magazine article describes Obama's comprehensive, neighborhood-level anti-poverty initiatives, also presenting Sheldon Danziger's concerns about how these programs will fare in diverse geographies and without the charismatic leaders that brought them success originally.
“For Mexican Looking North, A New Calculus Favors Home”
July 6, 2011: The New York Times
In a New York Times article, Douglas Massey explains that net illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is now zero or slightly negative because Mexicans have more opportunities at home and because tightened immigration enforcement has increased the risks of crossing the border.
“Weekly Standard: Fix Families, Economy Will Follow”
June 30, 2011: National Public Radio
National Public Radio quoted Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill in a story about the connections between the decreasing prevalence of nuclear families and American economic struggles.
“The Decline of Marriage: For Richer, for Smarter”
June 23, 2011: The Economist
Isabel Sawhill was quoted in an Economist article about the increasingly diverse forms of American households, as well as some of the negative effects these alternative family types may have on children.
“Fathers Get a Bad Rap in the Media and the Courts”
June 18, 2011: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Glenn Sacks
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Sara McLanahan and Kathy Edin in an article defending non-resident fathers, saying that many seek active involvement in their children's lives but face difficulties gaining custody or are denied access by the children's mothers.
“Fragile Families: Most Children Born Out of Wedlock Aren't OK”
June 16, 2011: Huffington Post, by LaVar Young
A Huffington Post article used the Future of Children volume on Fragile Families as a launching point to discuss how to discourage the formation of fragile families and ways to support the parents and children in such unions.
“A Parent in Prison: Tough Hurdle for a Child to Clear ”
June 8, 2011: Philadelphia Inquirer, by Daniel Taylor
An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer uses the Fragile Families study for evidence as it notes the prevalence of incarcerated parents among local youth, as well as the many challenges this creates for families.
“PreK-3 movement seeks to revolutionize early education”
June 6, 2011: McClatch, by Sarah Garland
In a McClatchy story on improving education by emphasizing quality and curriculum integration from pre-school through third grade, Ron Haskins was quoted as being skeptical of the costs and proven efficacy.
“Tiger of the Week: Anne Case '83 '88”
June 1, 2011: Princeton Alumni Weekly, by Brett Tomlinson
Anne Case received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton commencement for her dedication in the classroom and for encouraging students to fulfill their responsibility to society.
“President Obama Announces Members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics”
May 26, 2011: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
Marta Tienda is among the newly appointed members of a Presidential commission designed to improve the academic achievement of Latino students.
“Environment's Role in Post-Natal Depression Revealed”
May 20, 2011: Science Daily
Science Daily highlighted the first Fragile Families DNA paper, lead authored by CRCW’s Colter Mitchell, which suggests that a certain genotype increases the likelihood that a mother will develop depression when in harsh conditions but protects her against depression in more favorable circumstances. A summary of the paper is available here.
“Actually, College Is Very Much Worth It”
May 19, 2011: Time, by Andrew J. Rotherham
In a Time Magazine article about the utility of a college education, Ron Haskins is quoted as observing that college is a critical component of social mobility for lower-class students.
“Brooks-Gunn, Ginsburg Elected to National Academy of Education”
May 11, 2011: Columbia University's Teachers College
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was recently elected to the National Academy of Education, an honor recognizing her research into the policies and interventions that can improve the academic achievement and wellbeing of children living in poverty.
“Role of Mother's Genes and Environment in Postpartum Depression”
May 18, 2011: WWS News Release
The first study using the Fragile Families' nine-year DNA data was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The lead author, Colter Mitchell, is a CRCW post-doctoral fellow, and many other CRCW affiliates were involved as well.
“Studies Provide Guidance for Teaching Immigrant Preschoolers”
May 5, 2011: Education Week, by Mary Ann Zehr
An Education Week article described some of the research and practical advice presented at a practitioner conference on teaching young English language learners. This conference was cosponsored by The Future of Children and drew on research from the Immigrant Children volume.
“Honor thy Mother: Science Looks at the Role of Mothers”
May 5, 2011: Why? Files, by David J. Tenenbaum
An article in the Why? Files quoted Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and detailed the Fragile Families study as it explained the importance of mothers and family stability, all in time for Mother's Day.
“Poor Dads: A ‘Perfect Storm’ of Adverse Events Works Against Young Families”
May 3, 2011: Media-Newswire
Media-Newswire spotlighted a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, “Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Family, Poverty, and Policy.” This issue was co-edited by Irv Garfinkel and includes research and policy recommendations for confronting the challenges faced by young, often unmarried fathers.
May 3, 2011: Sara McLanahan was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an honor that recognizes her distinguished and continued research achievements.
“US Risks Creating Uneducated 'Underclass'”
April 20, 2011: Yahoo News, from AFP
A Yahoo News article covered The Future of Children's policy brief by Ron Haskins and Marta Tienda, in which they stressed the need for improving education for Hispanic minors, including passing the DREAM Act.
“'Immigrant Paradox' Stronger for Boys Than Girls”
April 15, 2011: Education Week, by Mary Ann Zehr
Although American girls are surpassing boys academically, boys are performing better than girls in families with at least one immigrant parent. This finding comes from the latest volume of The Future of Children, Immigrant Children.
“What Happens To The Social Safety Net If The Government Shuts Down?”
March 30, 2011: Huffington Post, by Arthur Delaney
The Huffington Post examined the potential effects of a government shutdown on such programs as welfare and social security. While agencies officially refuse speculate, the article quotes Ron Haskins as claiming that much of the federal safety net is likely to remain intact.
“More Americans Are Marrying Outside Their Race”
March 31, 2011: NPR, by Renee Montagne
Marta Tienda spoke to NPR's Morning Edition about the increase in interethnic and interracial marriages in the US, a trend driven by the Hispanic population, to one in every seven marriages.
April 2011: The Future of Children recently released a new issue, Immigrant Children. The journal presents critical information about children in immigrant families in the US and makes recommendations that will ultimately improve their wellbeing.
“Unique Princeton Partnership Gives Boost to Trenton Pupils”
March 28, 2011: The Daily Princetonia, by Jennifer Greenstein Altmannn
The Daily Princetonian highlighted a project in which Princeton undergraduates tutor Trenton students and teach socioemotional skills. Professor Angel Harris is evaluating outcomes of these programs to see if they would benefit other schools.
“Children of Immigrants More Apt than Natives to Live with Both Parents”
March 15, 2011: PhysOrg.com, from Pennsylvania State University
A recent PhysOrg article highlighted findings from The Future of Children's spring 2011 volume, Immigrant Children. One article found that children of immigrants are more likely to grow up with both biological parents, although their family structures resemble those of natives in subsequent generations.
“Sad Dads: Depressed Fathers Spank More, Read Less”
March 14, 2011: Los Angeles Times, by Eryn Brown
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, a study using Fragile Families data found that fathers with depressive symptoms when their child was one year old were more likely to spank their children and less likely to read them stories than fathers without signs of depression.
“Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds ”
March 9, 2011: US News and World Report, by Jenifer Goodwin
US News and World Report covered a study by CRCW post doc Melissa Martinson, in which she found that Americans have higher rates of disease and worse health markers at all ages than English people, and the differences in obesity and asthma rates were particularly stark.
“When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America”
February 22, 2011: Heritage Foundation, by W. Bradford Wilcox, Paul Taylor, and Chuck Donovan
A Heritage Foundation lecture used Sara McLanahan's work to discuss the consequences of cultural, institutional, and civic changes in the U.S. that have made married families less common and less secure for moderately educated Americans.
“How to Break the Cycle of Poverty and Poor Education”
February 26, 2011: Naples News, by Anne Mosle
A column in the Naples News discussed the need to capitalize on single mothers' work potential by such programs as child support and family leave, and it used Viviana Zelizer's research as evidence that mothers put their income towards their children's wellbeing.
“It's Time To Block Grant Welfare To The States”
February 23, 2011: Forbes, by Peter J. Ferrara
A Forbes article quoted Ron Haskins as it suggested using the 1996 welfare reform as a model for redesigning such programs as Medicaid and food stamps, giving more control to state governments and reducing federal costs while allowing states to cater to their residents' needs.
“Research: Urban children spend more time playing outdoors”
February 18, 2011: The Medical News, from Rice University
The Medical News described a study coauthored by Sara McLanahan and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, using the Fragile Families data, that found urban children in public housing played outside more than other urban children, which in turn was associated with lower BMI.
“Black Unemployment Sparks Chorus Of Discontent”
February 17, 2011: Black Voice News, by Chris Levister
Devah Pager was quoted in a Black Voice News article about the high unemployment rates among black men and their obstacles in finding jobs, particularly in a harsh economic climate.
“The White House's 'two big theories of action'”
February 15, 2011: Washington Post, by Ezra Klein
A Washington Post blog quoted Ron Haskins in its discussion of the government’s approach to social policy, including spurring local reform through Race to the Top and promoting rigorous evaluation of social programs
“Why Not a Negative Income Tax?”
February 2011: City Journal, by Guy Sorman
Irv Garfinkel was included in a City Journal article discussing several economists’ ideas for how government can help low-income individuals and families achieve a minimum standard of living without discouraging work.
“D.C. Court Program Teaches Absent Fathers How to be Good Dads”
February 7, 2011: Washington Post, by Petula Dvorak
The Washington Post wrote about Fathering Court, which helps men with criminal records get jobs and reconnect with their children, and used the Fragile Families issue of The Future of Children to demonstrate how widespread non-marital childbearing and incarcerated fathers are.
“The Family: America's Smallest School”
February 2011: Educational Testing Services
ETS’s winter 2011 report cites key findings from the Fragile Families Study to explain the critical role families play in supporting child wellbeing.
“Cecilia Rouse's Story: Driving the Engine of Economic Growth”
February 4, 2011: White House Blog
As part of Black History Month, the White House Blog highlighted Cecilia Rouse's contributions to the Council of Economic Advisors.
“‘Living in sin’ stigma fades”
January 30, 2011: Napa Valley Register, by Rebecca Huval
The Future of Children was cited in a Napa Valley Register article on both the growing acceptability of unmarried parenthood as well as the reasons some couples choose not to marry.
“Debating Social Welfare Policy in the 21st Century: What's the Best Way Forward?”
January 28, 2011: Cato Institute
In a panel at the Cato Institute, Isabel Sawhill advocated government policy in conjunction with individual efforts to reduce poverty.
“The Gender of Money”
January 27, 2011: Wall Street Journal, by Viviana Zelizer
Viviana Zelizer wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in which she observed that women are often more likely than men to spend their money on children, and she cited a study by Kathy Edin as evidence.
“When Unwed Births is 41%, It's Just Not Right”
January 25, 2011: USA Today, Editorial
A USA Today column used the Fragile Families study to support its warning about the negative consequences children may suffer when their parents are unmarried.
“Affirmative Action Bans: Who Gets Hurt”
January 17, 2011: Miller-McCune, by Melinda Burns
Marta Tienda and Angel Harris were quoted in a Miller-McCune article about how state universities that have replaced affirmative action with preferences for students in the top percentiles of their class have seen their ethnic diversity decrease.
“King’s Dream Deferred for Children of Unmarried Parents”
January 17, 2011: The Future of Children Press Release
As the Nation celebrates the life and achievements of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., work by researchers at Princeton and Columbia Universities shows King’s dream has yet to be realized for millions of children.
“The Upside of Teen Pregnancy ”
January 13, 2010: Miller-McCune, by Richard Kolman
A Miller-McCune article refers to The Future of Children as it notes that despite negative outcomes for children born to teen mothers, the pregnancy may improve mothers’ behaviors.
“Economic disparity takes toll on marriage”
January 9, 2011: Philadelphia Inquirer, by Stephanie Coontz
A Philadelphia Inquirer article quoting Kathy Edin argued that bipartisan efforts to increase relationship skills and jobs that pay living wages would improve marriage and economic prospects for low-education Americans.
“The Upward Mobility Gap”
January 2, 2011: Los Angeles Times, by Doyle McManus
Ron Haskins and Bel Sawhill were quoted in an LA Times article on declining upward mobility in the US, where they emphasized the importance of jobs, education, marriage, and delayed child-bearing.
“WWS' Tienda Named to National Commission”
January 2011: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Marta Tienda was appointed by Nancy Pelosi to the bipartisan Commission on Key National Indicators, which oversees the development of measures to evaluate the nation’s environmental, economic, and social performance.
“More than Half of all Prince George's, DC Families Headed by Single Parents”
December 27, 2010: Washington Examiner, by Liz Farmer
A Washington Examiner article revealed that more than half of the families in certain DC neighborhoods are run by single parents, often mothers, and Ron Haskins noted that these families often result from unmarried couples that break up while their children are young.
“Co-Parent Court Helps Unwed Couples”
December 22, 2010: StarTribune, by Kevin Duchschere
An article from Minnesota’s StarTribune quoted Kathy Edin and discussed an innovative local program called Co-Parent Court, which helps unmarried families with children resolve domestic and legal issues and learn parenting skills.
“A Satisfying Subsidy: How Conservatives Learned to Love the Federal Food Stamps Program”
December 10, 2010: Slate, by Annie Lowrey
Ron Haskins was quoted in a Slate article about federal expansions to the food stamp program.
“Human and Model Animal Research in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences - Maternal-Infant Bonding”
December 7, 2010: National Institutes of Health
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn presented as part of a panel in the NIH OppNet Symposium Series, in which she used Fragile Families data to discuss gene-environment interactions and potential policy implications.
“Professor Irwin Garfinkel Wins Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize”
December 6, 2010: Columbia University School of Social Work
Irv Garfinkel was awarded the prize for best 2010 article in Social Service Review for his co-authored study “Child Support Enforcement and Fathers’ Contributions to Their Nonmarital Children.”
“Child Welfare News: Fragile Families Research Update”
December 2010: Children's Bureau Express
Children’s Bureau Express, the online digest published by the Administration for Children and Families, highlighted the Fragile Families study and its coverage in a recent issue of The Future of Children.
“Understanding Fragile Families”
December 3, 2010: NICHD Spotlights
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development highlighted a decade of research on the Fragile Families Study, which it supports financially, and The Future of Children volume based on study data.
“Marriage Hard, but Worth Effort”
November 30, 2010: Washington Times, by Marybeth Hicks
A Washington Times article on the challenges of marriage highlighted the recent The Future of Children issue Fragile Families.
“Head Start for kids, prisoner parents”
November 29, 2010: CNN, by Jen Christensen
Ron Haskins was quoted in a CNN article about a new program that uses Head Start to increase incarcerated mothers’ investment in their children’s education, teach these mothers skills for keeping their lives on track, and help the parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of incarceration and release.
“Low Education, Income Levels Linked to Depression among Urban Black Fathers”
November 23, 2010: Physorg.com
Physorg.com highlighted a new study using data from the Fragile Families Study, which found that low-income and low-education black fathers experience high levels of depression and that depressed fathers were more likely to disengage with their children.
“Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution”
November 18, 2010: Time Magazine, by Belinda Luscombe
A Time Magazine feature article presented evidence from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study on how repartnering and having children with new partners can have deleterious effects on children from prior relationships.
“The Fragile Family Effect”
November 11, 2010: Los Angeles Times, by Kay S. Hymowitz
An Op-Ed in the LA Times, adapted from an article in City Journal, highlighted the recent The Future of Children journal Fragile Families, and it emphasized that disadvantages to these families will continue even once the economy improves.
November 10, 2010: Christina Paxson, CRCW Research Associate and Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, joined the MDRC Board of Directors.
“Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate”
November 7, 2010: MSNBC, by Jesse Washington
An article in from the Associated Press discussed the causes and consequences of high non-marital birth rates among black mothers, and it referred to the latest The Future of Children issue, Fragile Families.
“Status Update on Young Adults and Recession”
October 29, 2010: My Barbara Ray Blog, by Barbara Ray
In her blog, Barbara E. Ray discussed the long-term impact of the recession on young adults, quoting Sheldon Danziger and using his research to suggest the dangers of discouraged young workers dropping out of the workforce.
“What Has Obama Done for Women?”
October 26, 2010: The Root, by Lauren Williams
The Root interviewed Cecilia Rouse about the administration’s economic policies that have addressed the gender wage gap, expanded the child care tax credit, and invested in community colleges as ways to help women and mothers.
“White House Promotes Economic Efforts for Women”
October 21, 2010: New York Times, by Sewell Chan
A New York Times article quoted Cecilia Rouse in its description of a new White House report that highlights how the government’s economic policies have helped women.
October 20, 2010: Philadelphia Inquirer, by Anndee Hochman
Viviana Zelizer was quoted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about teaching children fiscal responsibility and managing their role in family spending, through such measures as allowances and chores.
“‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback”
October 17, 2010: New York Times, by Patricia Cohen
A New York Times article quoted Kathy Edin and Douglas Massey and referred to The Future of Children in a discussion of how sociologists have resumed studying the effects of culture and community on the cycle of poverty, breaking a decades-long taboo.
“HRA’s Office of Child Support Enforcement Co-Sponsors Conference on Child Support Strengthening Families”
October 14, 2010: City of New York
The NYC Human Resources Administration’s Office of Child Support Enforcement released a report about a recent conference co-sponsored with The Future of Children, which focused on how child support can better assist families.
“Finally, Obama administration is putting Head Start to the test”
October 11, 2010: Washington Post, by Ron Haskins and W. Steven Barnett
Ron Haskins co-authored a Washington Post column that stresses the importance of early childhood education programs and commends more rigid standards for Head Start.
“Educators, White House Officials Discuss Ways to Improve Community Colleges”
October 6, 2010: Kansas City infoZine, by Cassie Stone
The Kansas City infoZine covered a White House conference on strengthening community colleges, in which Cecilia Rouse emphasized the importance of simpler financial aid processes.
“Foreclosure Crisis Intensified Among Blacks: Study”
October 4, 2010: Huffington Post, by William Alden
A Huffington Post article looked at Douglas Massey’s newly published study, which shows that black families were more likely to be given subprime loans and thus suffer from foreclosures than their white peers, a difference he and his co-author attribute to discriminatory lending practices.
“Unwed moms far more likely to face poverty”
October 3, 2010: Columbus Dispatch, by Rita Price
An article in the Columbus Dispatch highlighted data from the Fragile Families Study to demonstrate some of the negative consequences that children in homes without married parents are more likely to experience.
“Welfare's safety net hard to measure among states”
October 2, 2010: Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein
Sheldon Danziger was quoted in a Washington Post article about welfare programs during the Great Recession, in which he predicted that as emergency funds expire, the government will fall further behind in providing critical cash assistance to struggling families.
“The Widest Achievement Gap”
September 18, 2010: National Affairs, by David L. Kirp
A National Affairs article examined why young black men are struggling in education and the workforce, incorporating findings from Jeanne Brooks-Gunn’s research to suggest investing in at-risk families while the children are still very young.
September 2010: The Future of Children journal released its fall 2010 volume, Fragile Families, which focuses on children born to unmarried parents and uses data from the Fragile Families Study.
“Record Poverty Level: 'Long Slog Ahead' for Poor Americans?”
September 16, 2010: PBS Newshour, by Jim Lehrer and Ray Suarez
Isabel Sawhill was interviewed in a PBS Newshour broadcast on how the government safety net is helping struggling Americans and what the long-term effects of the recession are likely to be.
“Poverty Rate In U.S. Climbs”
September 16, 2010: National Public Radio, by Pam Fessler
Ron Haskins and Sheldon Danziger appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, where they discussed how increasing poverty in the U.S. is hurting children and is unlikely to lessen even as jobs increase.
“Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty”
September 16, 2010: Heritage Foundation, by Robert Rector
The Heritage Foundation released a report, using Fragile Families data and quoting Kathryn Edin, that emphasized the advantages experienced by children whose parents are married.
“Job Hunt Even Worse For Felons”
September 13, 2010: Modesto Bee, by Merrill Balassone
The Modesto Bee quoted Devah Pager in an article on the difficulties that ex-convicts have when applying for jobs, particularly in an unforgiving economy.
“Let's get kids what they need”
September 12, 2010: News & Observer, by Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin
An article in the Research Triangle’s News & Observer quoted Cecelia Rouse as it stressed the importance of investing in schools and communities to ensure that all children can graduate high school and continue on to productive futures.
“Number of illegal immigrants in U.S. drops, report says”
September 1, 2010: Washington Post, by Tara Bahrampour
The Washington Post quoted Douglas Massey as attributing the reduced quantity of illegal immigrants to the recession and a lack of jobs, although he says that greater availability of guest-worker visas and harsher law enforcement have also contributed.
“Record number in government anti-poverty programs”
August 30, 2010: USA Today, by Richard Wolf
A USA Today article about increased enrollment in government “safety net” programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, included Ron Haskins questioning the efficacy of a welfare program that has not grown in response to the recession.
“A Simple Calculation: Solve for Poverty”
August 24, 2010: Baltimore Sun, by Jean Marbella
An article in the Baltimore Sun quoted Isabel Sawhill while explaining her recipe for avoiding poverty: completing high school, working full time, and waiting until married and past 21 to have children.
“New Attacks on Birthright Citizenship: ‘Anchor Babies’ and the 14th Amendment”
August 24, 2010: Council on Hemispheric Affairs, by Julia Nissen
An analysis by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs quoted Douglas Massey in its discussion of immigration trends and best approach to immigration reform.
“The Brain Unplugged From Technology: Implications for Learning in Young Children”
August 27, 2010: Huffington Post, by Ellen Galinsky
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was quoted in a Huffington Post article on how early exposure to technology may affect children over a long range of time, particularly by lowering their attention skills and thus success in formal education.
“Obamacare and Contraception Coverage”
August 12, 2010: The Corner, by Michael J. New
The National Review’s The Corner blog cited Kathryn Edin’s work in a discussion of the government’s role in facilitating women’s access to contraceptives.
“Federal or State, That is the Question for Obama's Education Plan”
August 10, 2010: China radio International, by Matthew Rusling
Ron Haskins was quoted by China Radio International about the wisdom and effects of the Obama administration’s education policies.
“Unemployment among Black women surges”
August 16, 2010: Louisiana Weekly
Nancy Duff Campbell was quoted in a Louisiana Weekly article that noted how women and single mothers are now experienced harsher effects of the recession.
“Obama to Say Lag in College Grads Imperils U.S. Economic Competitiveness”
August 9, 2010: Bloomberg, by Roger Runningen and Kate Andersen Brower
Cecilia Rouse was quoted in a Bloomberg article about the consequences of the U.S. falling from the world leader to twelfth in the proportion of young people that have completed post-secondary education.
“Study: Working mothers not necessarily harmful to child development”
July 31, 2010: Washington Post, by Daniel de Vise
A Washington Post article highlighted a new study by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn that suggests working mothers’ children do not necessarily experience the cognitive setbacks that they were once expected to incur.
“Downscale Work and the Unemployed”
July 12, 2010: WBUR's On Point, by Bob Oakes
Katherine Newman was a guest on a Boston NPR program, where she discussed the consequences of unemployment benefits expiring.
“All Joy and No Fun”
July 4, 2010: New York Magazine, by Jennifer Senior
New York Magazine quoted Viviana Zelizer in a feature article on parenting’s negative dimensions as well as the enduring appeal of raising a family.
“An Interview with Daniel Notterman, M.A., M.D.”
July 1, 2010: Penn State Medicine, by Jean Waverka
Penn State Medicine recently featured an interview with Dan Notterman in which he discussed his current work, including how genotype relates to post-partum depression in Fragile Families Study mothers.
“The End of Men”
July/August 2010: Atlantic Monthly, by Hanna Rosin
An Atlantic Monthly article about women’s increasing dominance of higher education and the workforce quoted Kathryn Edin on how low-income women have achieved greater power in their relationships and neighborhoods while men have struggled to adjust.
“An Unequal-Opportunity Recession”
June 30, 2010: The Nation, by Katherine S. Newman and David Pedulla
As part of the Nation’s forum entitled Inequality in America, Katherine Newman co-authored a piece on the recession’s disproportionally harsh impact on young adults, less educated workers, and African-Americans.
“School's Jean Grossman announced as Chief Evaluation Officer for the Department of Labor”
June 2010, Woodrow Wilson School News
Jean Grossman has been selected as Chief Evaluation Officer for the Department of Labor, where she will assist agencies in developing evaluation agendas and oversee on-going evaluation projects.
“Dads Find Work-Family Juggle a Struggle, Too”
June 15, 2010: MarketWatch, by Ruth Mantell
Ron Haskins was quoted in a MarketWatch article about the challenges fathers face when trying to balance their family and career responsibilities, such as workplace inflexibility and financial needs.
“Sheldon Danziger: ‘Economic growth on its own is no longer a sufficient antipoverty strategy’”
June 1, 2010: Academy Blog, by AAPSS staff
Sheldon Danziger was recently inducted as the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The fellowship recognizes his contributions to the field of social science and his promotion of public policies that combat poverty and inequality.
“Proven Sex-Ed Programs Get A Boost From Obama”
June 6, 2010: National Public Radio, by Brenda Wilson
A National Public Radio broadcast quoted Ron Haskins on programs to reduce unsafe sexual behavior and unplanned teenage pregnancy.
“Five Myths about Working Mothers”
May 30, 2010: Washington Post, by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone
A Washington Post article on popular misconceptions about motherhood cited Sara McLanahan’s work showing that highly educated mothers of young children have only recently joined the workforce in much higher numbers than their less-educated counterparts.
“Stalled on the Road to Security”
May 23, 2010: Chicago Tribune, by Bonnie Miller Rubin
An article in the Chicago Tribune cited The Future of Children in an article on the challenges young people face in establishing independence.
“The Mystery of Welfare and the Recession”
May 20, 2010: Bloomberg Businessweek, by James Warren
Ron Haskins was quoted in a BusinessWeek article examining why welfare rolls in many states have not increased despite rises in unemployment from the recession.
“WBADC Honors Campbell as Woman Lawyer of the Year”
May 25, 2010: Women's Bar Association
The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia selected Nancy Duff Campbell, a CRCW Advisory Board Member, as the Woman Lawyer of the Year.
“Why Americans Think (Wrongly) That Illegal Immigrants Hurt the Economy”
May 14, 2010: Newsweek Magazine, by Arian Campo-Flores
A Newsweek article on the economic impact of immigrants cited Douglas Massey’s new book, Brokered Boundaries, in which he discusses how politicians use anti-immigrant sentiment to mobilize voters.
“Investing in Human Capital: Women, Work and Family”
May 7, 2010: Huffington Post, by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone
A Huffington Post blog quoted Sara McLanahan in a discussion of how women of different socioeconomic statuses balance their families and careers.
“Students of the Great Recession”
May 3, 2010: New York Times Magazine, by David Leonhardt
The New York Times Magazine quoted Cecelia Rouse in an article on how the economic downturn could encourage students to stay in school longer and attain higher degrees.
“More Adults ‘Fail to Launch,’ Making Parenthood Too Pricey?”
May 3, 2010: The Juggle, by Sue Shellenbarger
The Wall Street Journal's blog The Juggle examined the Transition to Adulthood issue, asking what roles parents should play in their children's young adulthood.
“Why now, why Arizona? Misconceptions about Mexican Migration”
May 1, 2010: Need to Know, by Shoshana Guy
Douglas Massey was interviewed by the PBS program Need to Know on the dynamics of illegal immigration and how U.S. policy has contributed to the number of undocumented workers.
April 30, 2010: New York Times, by Hilary Stout
The New York Times referred to The Future of Children’s Children and Electronic Media issue in an article on how such technology as text messaging and Facebook has transformed children’s social relationships.
“Grads Head to College In Record Numbers”
April 28, 2010: Wall Street Journal, by Sara Murray
The Future of Children's latest issue, Transition to Adulthood, was referenced in a Wall Street Journal article on the accelerating trend of college attendance among high school graduates.
“The Slow, Winding Path to Adulthood”
April 28, 2010: Motherlode, by Lisa Belkin
The New York Times' Motherlode blog covered the Transition to Adulthood issue, raising questions about how children should build fiscal independence.
“Obama Pushes ‘Second-Chance’ Training”
April 28, 2010: Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein
A Washington Times article on work training programs for youth not completing high school quoted Cecilia Rouse, who spoke at a Brookings Institution panel accompanying the release of the Transition to Adulthood issue.
“Bad Land: Why Hysteria Won Out in Arizona”
April 25, 2010: New Republic, by John B. Judis
A New Republic article on Arizona’s new immigration law quoted Douglas Massey, who noted that the recession has actually reduced the numbers of illegal immigrants in the U.S. and particularly in Arizona.
“Genetic testing and risk interpretation: How do women understand lifetime risk results?”
April 2010: Mary Himmelstein's first published article was just released in Judgment and Decision Making.
April 2010: The Future of Children released its spring 2010 issue, Transition to Adulthood.
April 2010: Katherine Newman, CRCW Research Associate and Executive Committee Member, was named as the next dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
April 2010: Elisabeth Hirschhorn Donahue, Executive Director of The Future of Children, was appointed as the Assistant Dean of Public and External Affairs for the Woodrow Wilson School.
“Behind the Scenes: Adopting a Supplemental Poverty Measure”
April 21, 2010: Center for Law and Social Policy
Ron Haskins spoke at an webinar on the details and objectives of the U.S. Census Bureau’s new tool to assess poverty. The webinar is co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Brookings Center on Children and Families, Half-in-Ten, National League of Cities, New America Foundation, and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.
“Closing the Achievement Gap”
April 19, 2010: MomsRising.org, by Ellen Galinsky
A MomsRising blog referred to Jeanne Brooks-Gunn’s research on skills that enable children to do better in school and can help all children realize their potential.
April 15, 2010: The Economist
Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins were quoted in an Economist article on intergenerational mobility, where they advocated a shift toward more investment in children through such areas as educational attainment.
“Boosting Minority Students’ Grades”
April 12, 2010: Idaho State Journal, by Tiara Lusk
The Idaho State Journal featured Angel Harris’s research on which elements of parental involvement are helpful in improving student achievement, and which hurt academic performance.
“Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior”
April 12, 2010: Time Magazine, by Alice Park
An article in Time Magazine highlighted a study led by Catherine Taylor that used data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to show a link between corporal punishment and aggressive behavior in children.
“Bank of Mom and Dad Shuts Amid White-Collar Struggle”
April 5, 2010: Wall Street Journal, by Mary Pilon
The Wall Street Journal quoted Katherine Newman in an article on how the recession reduces families’ ability to help their children, possibly hurting their opportunities in areas such as education, careers, and the housing market.
“The Economics of Workplace Flexibility”
March 31, 2010: White House Blog, by Cecilia Rouse
As a member of the Council of Economic Advisors, Cecilia Rouse produced a report detailing benefits employers have experienced when they have changed their policies to allow employees to adjust their schedules around family responsibilities. Rouse discussed the report in a recent posting on the White House blog.
“Newman on Low-wage Workers”
March 8, 2010: EconTalk
Katherine Newman was a guest on EconTalk, an economics podcast from the Library of Economics and Liberty, where she discussed the life trajectories of lower-income workers and public policies that could improve their chances.
“Head Start’s failings are no reason to stop”
March 3, 2010: Prevention Action
A Prevention Action article quoted Isabel Sawhill, who advocated for preserving federal Head Start funding despite questions about its long-term efficacy because successful elements of the program are being masked by the aggregate analysis. She recommends evaluation of different interventions within the program so that funding can be targeted to those with the greatest proven impacts.
“A Health Insurance Mandate With a Choice”
March 3, 2010: New York Times, by Paul Starr
Paul Starr wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times in which he advocated for an opt-out from the federal health insurance mandate, in order to encourage bipartisan support of health care reform legislation.
“How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America”
March 2010: The Atlantic, by Don Peck
Kathryn Edin was quoted in the Atlantic’s article about how the current recession will influence lifetime earnings for recent graduates, the political culture, family relationships, and individual wellbeing.
“Who Exactly Counts as Middle Class?”
February 28, 2010: AOL News, by Tamara Lytle
Ron Haskins was quoted in an AOL News article on different definitions of “middle class” in America.
“How Are the Children of Single Mothers Faring? Evidence From the Fragile Families Study”
February 18, 2010: PRB Discuss Online
Sara McLanahan participated in an online discussion of the early life effects of different family structures.
“In hard times, Americans blame the poor”
February 15, 2010: Philadelphia Enquirer, by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Enquirer quoted Isabel Sawhill, Ron Haskins, and Kathryn Edin in an article on how perceptions of the poor change during economic downturns.
“Welfare rolls up in '09; more enroll in assistance programs”
January 26, 2010: USA TODAY, by Richard Wolf
Ron Haskins was quoted in USA TODAY article about how the welfare system responds to families during a recession.
“Positive side effect from child support”
January 21, 2010: Father Focus
Irv Garfinkel was quoted by Father Focus in a news item revealing that states with tougher child support enforcement also have lower rates of non-marital births.
January 21, 2010: Arizona PBS Eight
Elisabeth Donahue was interviewed by Arizona State’s PBS station, Eight, about best practices in juvenile justice.
“A Moment With…Marta Tienda”
January 13, 2010: Princeton Alumni Weekly, by Mark F. Bernstein
Princeton Alumni Weekly interviewed Marta Tienda about Hispanic immigration and assimilation into the United States.
“Program needs to include dads”
January 12, 2010: Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein
A Washington Times column on a federal program modeled after the Nurse-Family Partnership mentions the Fragile Families Study in arguing for bringing fathers into low-income family interventions.
“Bristol Palin files for sole custody, but Levi Johnston should have equal role in their son's life”
January 11, 2010: GlennSacks.com
Glenn Sacks, director of Fathers & Families, used the Fragile Families Study’s findings to support Levi Johnston maintaining partial custody of his and Bristol Palin’s child.
“The Status Report: Obama’s commitment to creating opportunity”
January 6, 2010: Brookings Institution
Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins evaluated President Obama’s performance in his first year and commended his social policy efforts to reduce non-marital childbearing.
“Marta Tienda, Princeton sociologist, incorporates her past in effort to aid immigrants”
December 27, 2009: Star-Ledger, by Judy Peet
Marta Tienda was profiled in the Star-Ledger series on New Jerseyans who make the Garden State a better place.
“2009 vs. 1999: Are you better off?”
December 22, 2009: MSN Money, by Dania Fahmy
In an MSN article reflecting on the past decade, Isabel Sawhill argues that the average family has been unable to improve its financial situation.
“Disenchantment in the Promised Land”
December 20, 2009: Jamaica Observer, by Ingrid Brown
An article in the Jamaica Observer quoted Alejandro Portes in its examination of the educational and social challenges that Jamaican and other Caribbean immigrant children face in the United States.
“The March of Diversity”
December 19, 2009: National Journal, by Ronald Brownstein
A National Journal article on how immigration has changed the face of the nation and its politics in recent decades quoted Douglas Massey.
Committee on the Budget
December 9, 2009: Ron Haskins testified before Congress about how welfare policy should retain work requirements while adjusting to increased need during recessions.
“Saving the Safety Net: Congressional Action Urgently Needed to Preserve Unemployment Insurance”
December 8, 2009: Womenstake, by Amy Quinn
Advisory board member Nancy Duff Campbell was quoted in a Womenstake article on the importance of the Recovery Act to single mothers struggling in the current job market.
“Unemployed husbands are helping more around the house but that may not last if they find new work”
November 16, 2009: Associated Press, by Lisa Orkin
Katherine Newman was quoted in an Associated Press article about recent job loss and how it has affected the division of parental tasks and responsibilities.
“How Princeton University ivy covers the White House”
November 29, 2009: The Times of Trenton, by Wendy Plump
An article in the Times quoted Sara McLanahan and described the Fragile Families Study while discussing the influence of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and other Woodrow Wilson School research centers on national policy formation.
“Panelists Tackle College Graduation Stagnation”
November 19, 2009: Isabel Sawhill participated in a National Journal policy panel on the importance of and challenges to increasing college graduation rates in America.
“Low-Income Women: Get Married”
November 2009: Ron Haskins was featured in BusinessWeek's Debate Room, where he argued that increased marriage rates would benefit poor families and the nation as a whole.
“Who's poor? Proposal aims for better measurement”
November 4, 2009: TwinCities.com, by Rubén Rosario
Sheldon Danziger was quoted in TwinCities.com article about updating the way poverty is calculated in the United States in order to improve governmental programs.
“Fathers Gain Respect From Experts (and Mothers)”
November 3: New York Times, by Laurie Tarkan
Sara McLanahan was quoted in a New York Times article about improving child wellbeing and parenting practices by bringing in fathers and focusing on couple relationships.
“Keynote: The Father Figure”
November 2009: Urbanite, by Marc Steiner
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study was referenced in an Urbanite article about the importance of keeping fathers actively engaged, particularly in low-income families.
“Immigrant children offer lessons”
October 30, 2009: North County Times, by Edward Schumacher-Matos
The North Country Times profiled a study headed by Alejandro Portes on children of immigrants who achieve economic success.
“In Defense of Children Behaving Badly”
October 22, 2009: NurtureShock, by Po Bronson
Newsweek referred to Jeanne Brooks-Gunn’s study of child behavior and school performance in the NurtureShock blog post.
“Latinos and education, U.S. future at stake”
October 21, 2009: MetroCatholic, by Mar Muñoz-Visoso
MetroCatholic’s article discussed Marta Tienda’s work on closing the educational achievement gap for Hispanic students.
“1 in 6 Americans Live Below the Poverty Line”
October 20, 2009: ABC News, by David Muir and Sadie Bass
Ron Haskins was quoted in an ABC News article about the recent rise in U.S. poverty rates.
“Is the American Dream a Myth?”
October 17, 2009: National Journal Magazine, by Robert Brownstein
Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins’ new book on upward mobility, Creating an Opportunity Society, was reviewed in National Journal Magazine.
“Legal changes open doors to working women”
October 16, 2009: MSNBC, by Pete Williams
Nancy Duff Campbell was quoted in the MSNBC story describing how laws against sex discrimination and court rulings promoting reproductive choice have transformed women’s roles in the family.
October 14, 2009: Kathy Edin was profiled by the Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago, which drew attention to her advocacy on behalf of the underprivileged.
October 2009: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, CRCW associate and Fragile Families collaborator, was one of 65 researchers elected to the Institute of Medicine.
“Hispanic group urges Census boycott for immigration change”
October 2, 2009: Times of Trenton, by Robert Stern
Marta Tienda and Alejandro Portes were quoted by the Times of Trenton about the upcoming U.S. Census, warning that a Latino boycott would be self-destructive.
October 2009: Kathryn Edin was selected as one of North Park University’s alumni of the year at their 2009 Homecoming Week.
“Deserving elderly vs. not-so-deserving kids,”
September 25, 2009: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Cynthia Tucker
Isabel Sawhill was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s blog post about the disproportionate attention in public policy to the elderly rather than to underprivileged children.
September 2009: Elisabeth Donahue shared the findings of a recent The Future of Children publication, Juvenile Justice, with Michigan lawmakers and executives.
“Unmarried births and health-care costs”
September 19, 2009: Richmond Times-Dispatch, by Tammie Smith
An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch mentioned the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study in connection to poverty reduction strategies.
“Getting Ahead in America”
Fall 2009: National Affairs, by Ron Haskins
“The Bloody Crossroads”
September 7, 2009: New York Times, by David Brooks
Ron Haskins’ essay in National Affairs magazine focuses on marriage and family stability as a key to economic mobility. This essay and the emergent magazine were highlighted in a column in the New York Times.
September 16, 2009: Cecilia Rouse discussed how to increase college graduation rates at a panel hosted by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute.
“De Facto Parents”
August 31, 2009: National Review Online, by William Duncan
The National Review Online quoted Sara McLanahan's book, Growing Up with a Single Parent, in an article about laws defining "de facto" parenthood.
“Do you know where your children are? Look in a virtual world”
August 21, 2009: Daily News Online
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was quoted by the Daily News in an article on how online games and programs influence children as they grow up.
“The Final Expense”
Fall 2009: Foreign Policy, by Elizabeth Dickinson
Anne Case’s work in South Africa was highlighted in a Foreign Policy article on funeral expenses contributing to poverty in the developing world.
“Brooks says aid program flawed”
August 4, 2009: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, by Jill Terreri
Irwin Garfinkel was quoted in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about providing low-income families with stimulus money to purchase school supplies.
“Preparing for the New School Year: Success Begins at Home”
July 2009: USA Today Magazine, by Christine Kim
The Fragile Families Study was referenced in the USA Today Magazine article about how family structure and parental involvement influence children’s scholastic achievement.
“Lean on Me: Informal Safety Nets in Hard Times”
July 13, 2009: Economix, by Nancy Folbre
Sara McLanahan and the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study were included in a recent New York Times Economix post about financial and housing support networks among low-income families and single mothers.
July 2009: Christine Paxson, co-editor of The Future of Children journal and co-PI for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, was named dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
“In Prisoners' Wake, a Tide of Troubled Kids”
July 5, 2009: New York Times, by Erik Eckholm
Recent Princeton sociology and demography Ph.D. Chris Wildeman was quoted in an article for The New York Times on the deleterious effects of parental incarceration on child wellbeing. Chris uses Fragile Families Study data in his research.
“Safety Net Is Fraying for the Very Poor”
July 4, 2009: New York Times, by Erik Eckholm
CRCW Advisory Board member Sheldon Danziger was quoted in an article in the New York Times about federal social programs failing to serve impoverished families.
“Is There Hope for the American Marriage?”
July 2, 2009: Time Magazine, by Caitlin Flanagan
Sara McLanahan and Kathy Edin were quoted in this Time Magazine piece on dwindling success rates of intact marriages in the U.S.
“Time Off Debate: Infancy Vs. The Teen Years”
June 17, 2009: Forbes, by Jenna Goudreau
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was quoted in a Forbes.com article on the effects of mothers’ employment on children.
“Even Now, There's Risk in 'Driving While Black'”
June 15, 2009: New York Times, by Brent Staples
Devah Pager’s research on the effect of race on hiring policies was highlighted in a New York Times editorial.
“Paying for College: Simplify Financial Aid”
May 15, 2009: The Ledger
Ron Haskins was quoted in The Ledger on the how to make college more affordable for poor and minority families.
May 2009: Congratulations to Jeanne Brooks-Gunn who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Northwestern University.
“Downward Path Illustrates Concern About Immigrants’ Children”
April 18, 2009: New York Times, by Jason DeParle
Alejandro Portes was quoted in an article in The New York Times on the challenges facing the children of immigrants in the U.S.
“The Guilted Age: Spending to Keep Others Afloat”
March 19, 2009: Wall Street Journal, by Stephanie Simon
Viviana Zelizer was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal on how families view money and relationships.
Senate Congressional Record
March 10, 2009: Cecilia Rouse was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Rouse is on-leave as a CRCW Associate and Executive Committee member.
“How the Final Economic Recovery Package Helps Women and Families”
February 24, 2009: Huffington Post, by Nancy Duff Campbell
CRCW Advisory Board member Nancy Duff Campbell wrote a piece for
The Huffington Postwhich outlines how The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will effect women and families.
“The Other College”
February 10, 2009: Center for American Progress, by Molly McIntosh and Cecilia Rouse
Cecilia Rouse co-authored a report published by the Center for American Progress that discusses retention and completion rates among two-year college students.
“2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family”
February 1, 2009: New York Times Magazine, by Emily Bazelon
Sara McLanahan was quoted in an article in The New York Times Magazine on the growing trend of unmarried college educated mothers.
“The Cost of Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs”
January 2009: Jean Grossman and colleagues have completed a report for the Wallace Foundation on the cost of high quality after-school and summer services. The report, The Cost of Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs, along with an “Out-of-School-Time Cost Calculator” is available on the publications page.
“Despite Racial Leap, Disparities Linger”
January 6, 2009: News & Observer, Editorial
Devah Pager's research on discriminatory hiring practices was noted in an editorial in the News & Observer discussing race in the context of the American politics.
“Obama Expected to Name Labor Economist to Advisory Council”
December 31, 2008: Wall Street Journal, by Deborah Solomon
The Wall Street Journal recently announced that President-elect Barack Obama plans to appoint Cecilia Rouse to his Council of Economic Advisors. The three-member panel is also slated to include Christina D. Romer of the University of California at Berkeley and Austan D. Goolsbee of the University of Chicago.
“You Can't Have Too Much of a Good (After School) Thing”
December 3, 2008: Prevention Action
Research on after school programs by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and colleagues was featured in "Prevention Action," an online news publication focusing on children's health.
“Two-Parent Black Families Showing Gains”
December 17, 2008: The New York Times, by Sam Roberts
Douglas Massey and FOC Board Member Kay Hymowitz were quoted in an article in The New York Times on new census data which indicates that the number of black children being raised by two parents is on the rise.
“Why Unmarried Fathers Stay”
December 16, 2008: The New York Times, by Lisa Belkin
The NYT blog on parenting highlights new work by Natasha Cabrera and colleagues which uses Fragile Families Study data to examine father involvement before and after the birth of a child.
“Use of Antipsychotics in Children is Criticized”
November 19, 2008: New York Times, by Gardiner Harris
Daniel Notterman was quoted in an article in the New York Times on the use of antipsychotic medicines in children.
“An Epic Moment, Yes. But Transcendent? No”
November 17, 2008: Newsweek, by Ellis Cose
Devah Pager and Bruce Western’s work on employment, incarceration, and discrimination was highlighted in an article in Newsweek on race in the context of the 2008 presidential race.
“Women Leaders Dream Big, Urge Transition Team to Bring Women and Women's Issues to Center of New Administration”
November 7, 2008: Huffington Post, by Linda Basch
Advisory Board member Nancy Duff Campbell contributed to a Huffington Post article recommending policies focusing on women and children for the new administration to pursue.
“Princeton Woman on CF Board”
November 5, 2008: The Trenton Times
Michelle DeKlyen has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Children's Futures in Trenton, NJ.
“A Dollar is a Dollar...Right?”
October 29, 2008: Psychology Today blog, by Art Markman
Viviana Zelizer's book, "The Social Meaning of Money" was featured in an entry which discussed new research on how people value and allocate money.
“Limiting and Watching, What Children Watch”
September 15, 2008: New York Times
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn was quoted in an article that highlights the Spring 2008 The Future of Children journal issue, "Children and Electronic Media."
“Young, Unmarried, and with Children”
July 1, 2008: "On Point" NPR
Sara McLanahan answered questions about non-marital childbearing on an NPR broadcast.
“Harris Seeks New Insights into Persistent Achievement Gap”
June 16, 2008: Princeton Weekly Bulletin, by Hilary Parker
An article in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin highlighted Angel Harris and his work on the racial and ethnic achievement gap.
“Mothers Don’t Have the Monopoly”
June 13, 2008: Newsday, by Anne Martin and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn co-authored an op-ed in Newsday on the nurturing roles played by fathers.
“Women with Children Working More, Longer: Study”
June 12, 2008: Reuters. by Lara Hertel with editing by Patricia Reaney
Features research by former Office of Population Research and Department of Sociology Ph.D. student Christine Percheski on the employment trends of college-educated women with children.
“Achieving the Goals of the Newark Children’s Bill of Rights”
Spring 2008: Report sponsored by a CRCW-Woodrow Wilson School Policy Workshop of M.P.A. students led by Sara McLanahan, Elisabeth Donahue and Michelle DeKlyen.
“Strategy For Improving Philadelphia's Out-of-School-Time System”
Spring 2008: Report sponsored by a CRCW-Woodrow Wilson School Policy Task Force of undergraduate students led by Jean Grossman.
“Century of Difference”
Fall 2007: Announcement for book published by Mike Hout (CRCW Visiting Researcher 2007-08)
“Two Candidates to Roll Out on Domestic Proposals”
May 21, 2007: NY Times, East Coast Edition, by Patrick Healy and Michael Cooper
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn comments on Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton's proposal for universal prekindergarten classes.
“The Elusive Altar”
January 18, 2007: NY Times, East Coast Edition, by David Brooks
David Brooks reviews Future of Children Advisory Board member Kay Hymowitz book, "Marriage and Cast in America." He notes results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and discusses marriage, divorce, and inequality in the U.S.
“Single Mothers, Many Problems”
December 1, 2006: The Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition
Work by Sara McLanahan and Future of Children Advisory Board Member Kay Hymowitz is highlighted in a Wall Street Journal Opinion piece.
“Michelle DeKlyen to Serve on Mayor Cory Booker's Council”
Fall 2006: Michelle DeKlyen has been asked to serve on Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker’s Council on Family Success, and to co-chair its Outcomes Subcommittee, whose purpose will be to identify metrics for assessing the success of his efforts to improve the well-being of families and children in Newark.
“Shoring Up, 'Fragile Families'”
July 23, 2006: The Washington Times, Baltimore, by Cheryl Wetzstein
Research from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study indicates that many marriages between low-income, young couples do not last. The article explores the usefulness of federally funded relationship-skills classes provided to couples when they are still together.
“Fragile Families Study Earns $17 Million Federal Award”
July 26, 2006: News at Princeton, by Steve Barnes
Researchers at Princeton have been awarded $17 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support a new round of data collection for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.
“Program Seeks to Fight Poverty by Building Family Ties”
July 20, 2006: The New York Times, by Erik Eckholm
New York Times article features the Fragile Families Study. Sara S. McLanahan is quoted discussing relationships skills classes and the need for job training and mental health services.
Committee on Ways and Means
July 19, 2006: Ron Haskins, Future of Children senior editor, testified before the Committee on Ways and Means about welfare reform's ten year anniversary.
“The Vows Are Not Enough”
June 7, 2006: Guardian Unlimited (UK), by Yvonne Roberts
Sara McLanahan and Irv Garfinkel head the Fragile Families Study, a groundbreaking research project now in its fifth year. The (married) couple were recently invited to the UK by the relationship research charity One Plus One to discuss their findings and the implications for Britain.
British Royal Society in London
May 15, 2006: Sara McLanahan presented a lecture on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study at the British Royal Society in London.
“Overweight Kids: Schools Take Action”
May 2, 2006: Christian Science Monitor, by Amanda Paulson
Christina Paxson, a CRCW Research Associate, Princeton University professor of public affairs and editor of the current Future of Children journal on childhood obesity was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor.
Officer of the British Empire Award
May 26, 2006: Kathleen Kiernan, professor of Social Policy and Demography at the University of York and CRCW visitor, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for her services to social science. Her research interests include lone parenthood, social exclusion, divorce and children.
Education World rates FOC
April 2006: Site Reviews, by Education World
Education World gave Future of Children an A+ and reviews the website and journal.
“Fragile Families study spawns research and teaching opportunities”
November 2, 2005: Princeton Weekly Bulletin, by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study brings together students and faculty at Princeton University, Columbia University, and University of Pennsylvania. The study, which released its third wave of data last month, has spawned dozens of theses and dissertations by students and more than 70 academic papers by scholars at Princeton and at many other universities.
“The Purchase of Intimacy”
Fall 2005: Viviana Zelizer has published a new book (Princeton Press) analyzing how ordinary people and American law handle the intersection of economic activity and close interpersonal relations, concentrating on couples, households, and caring relations. It includes many observations on children's social worlds and economic activities.
September 24, 2005: The Gaurdian, by Viviana Zelizer
CRCW associate Viviana Zelizer wrote an article on monetary subsidies for mothers.
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
Fall 2005: Sara McLanahan was appointed to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program. The NAC is a national program designed to improve health by training scholars to investigate the connections among biological, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health.
Today Show clip mentions The Future of Children
September 14, 2005: The Today Show, NBC Network
The Future of Children journal’s latest volume on “Marriage and Child Wellbeing” was mentioned on “The Today Show” as a nonpartisan policy source of information revealing that new marriage research may indeed indicate that it is better to stay together for the sake of the children.
“Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands”
Winter 2004: W. Bradford Wilcox, Fragile Families collaborator, has published a new book on religion and fatherhood,
“The Growth and Consequences of American Inequality”
Winter 2005: Bruce Western recently received a Guggenheim award for his project entitled,
Fall 2005: Katherine Newman was awarded the 2005 Textor Prize by the American Anthropological Association.
“Students gain insight on children’s policy issues”
May 30, 2005: Princeton Weekly Bulletin, by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann
Elisabeth Donahue, associate editor of The Future of Children, leads a graduate seminar that focuses on childhood obesity, the topic for the spring 2006 issue of the journal.