Four new national longitudinal surveys on children
Fuligni, Allison Sidle, 2003
In J. Brooks-Gunn, A.S. Fuligni, & L.J. Berlin (Eds.), Early Child Development in the 21st Century: Profiles of Current Research Initiatives (pp. 326-359). New York: Teachers College Press
An examination of four nationally representative longitudinal studies focusing on early childhood within several different contexts: child development, child wellbeing, familial composition, socioeconomic status, and other demographic characteristics
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study: Baseline national report: Revised
McLanahan, Sara, March 2003
Princeton, NJ: Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing.
A summary of findings from an initial analysis of baseline data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study--a longitudinal study of unmarried parents' characteristics, relationships, and access to resources, and the health and well-being of their children
Reports & Papers
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study: Oakland, California: Baseline report
McLanahan, Sara, 1999
San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California.
A summary of findings from the initial analysis of the first wave of data from the Oakland, California cohort of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study--a longitudinal study of unmarried parents' characteristics, relationships, and access to resources, and the health and well-being of their children
Reports & Papers
Introducing the issue
Rouse, Cecilia, 2005
The Future of Children, 15(1), 5-14
An introduction to a journal issue focusing on school readiness that provides an overview of research findings.
Racial and ethnic gaps in school readiness
Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne, 2007
In Pianta, R. C., Cox M. J., & Snow K. L. (2007). School readiness and the transition to kindergarten in the era of accountability (pp. 283-306). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes
A discussion of underlying factors causing the racial and ethnic achievement gaps between White and non-White students, with recommendations of strategies and social programs for narrowing the achievement gap
School readiness: Closing racial and ethnic gaps
McLanahan, Sara, Spring 2005
The Future of Children, 15(1)
An anthology of research on racial and ethnic differences in school readiness and academic achievement among young children
Strengthening fragile families
Garfinkel, Irwin, 2003
In One percent for the kids: New policies, brighter futures for America's children (pp. 76-92). Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
A description of an initiative to promote healthy marriages, father involvement, and child well being among low income, unmarried parents, which would reduce marriage penalties and offer counseling services
Welfare reform, fertility, and father involvement
McLanahan, Sara, 2002
The Future of Children, 12(1), 147-165
A discussion of fathers' roles in children's positive developmental outcomes and of the impact public policies have had on father involvement, particularly among low income, female-headed families.