Teaching and Training

To help educate students and faculty about issues related to policies for children, youth, and families, associates at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate, M.P.A., and Ph.D. levels and the Center sponsors and co-hosts numerous seminars and conferences.

Ph.D., M.P.A., and Undergraduate Coursework

CRCW associates teach Ph.D. course work in the departments of economics and sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In recent semesters, associates have taught courses on social policy, poverty and inequality, race, education, and immigration. CRCW also supports a Joint Degree Program in Social Policy (JDP), which is a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program aimed at addressing economic insecurity and inequality.

M.P.A. policy workshops are led by CRCW associates on issues related to children, youth, and families. In these workshops, students serve as consultants for government officials and organizations, providing research and policy recommendations on key issues.

CRCW associates also teach topic-specific classes for M.P.A. students on issues faced by children, youth, and families, as well as general course work in economics and public policy. The WWS graduate course guide decribes recent offerings.

Undergraduate course work is taught by associates in CRCW's main research areas. CRCW associates also often teach and advise undergraduate task forces in the Woodrow Wilson School, as well as advise senior theses.

Seminars and Conferences

CRCW hosts the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Working Group Series highlighting researchers' current analyses and draft findings using the Fragile Families data. Working group meetings are held bimonthly throughout the academic year and include CRCW affiliates, as well as Princeton, Columbia, and University of Pennsylvania students and faculty.

Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing staff hold data users' conferences aimed at teaching students and researchers how to use the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing data. Information about upcoming events is posted on the Fragile Families website.

CRCW co-hosts authors' conferences each fall and spring as part of the development of each issue of The Future of Children journal.  These two-day events include authors and discussants for each chapter of a forthcoming issue.  CRCW also co-sponsors one to two Future of Children practitioners’ conferences a year to coincide with the release of volumes. Additionally, CRCW frequently co-sponsors seminars with the Office of Population Research (OPR), the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), and other sociology department workshops and seminars.


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