Compelling Research and Articles


Compelling Research and Articles

Useful Research and Articles

The links below represent a selected list of articles that may be useful to those who are seeking additional information on the below referenced issue areas.

Early Childhood

Baby Brain Mapping: The Brain Map was adapted in 2006 by ZERO TO THREE from BrainWonders, a collaborative project (1998-2001) between Boston University School of Medicine, Erikson Institute and ZERO TO THREE. Select an age range to view corresponding developmental hotspots on the brain. Clicking on a hotspot will reveal questions and answers on how a baby’s brain develops.
Center on the Developing Child, A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2007).
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain (Working Paper No. 3, 2005).
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do (2007).
National Academy of Sciences of the USA: Economic, Neurobiological, and Behavioral Perspectives on Building America’s Future Workforce, Eric Knudsen, James Heckman, Judy Cameron and Jack Shankoff (reports finding that early childhood experience and programming affects future workforce strength).
Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (Winter 2009-2010) This entire issue is devoted to early childhood mental health issues including screening, interventions and trauma.


My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth, Human Rights Watch
Voices From The Street: Homeless Youth Speak Out on State Policy Presented by the California Research Bureau and New America Media. This is a DVD on the results from the CA Homeless Youth Project, a multi-year research and policy project to bring attention to the issues facing homeless youth in California.
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, United States Interagency council on Homelessness. (2010) This plan outlines an interagency collaboration that aligns mainstream housing, health, education and human services to prevent Americans from experiencing homelessness, with a component focused on preventing and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children in ten years.
America’s Homeless Youth: America’s Homeless Youth: National Alliance to End Homelessness, nn4y and First Focus, (Aug 2011) summarizing the state of homeless youth in America, the variety of factors that cause homelessness among youth, a profile of homeless young people and the challenges facing this fragile population.
Closing the Front Door: Closing the Front Door: Creating a Successful Diversion Program for Homeless Families: National Alliance To End Homelessness Best Practice Brief. Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangement and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing. The paper describes how communities can begin diverting families from entering their homeless assistance systems.


Childhood Obesity: An Epidemic that is Growing Up Fast, Glenn D. Braunstein, MD The Huffington Post, 6/21/2010.
Mental Health of Adolescents: A National Profile, 2008, David Knopf, M. Jane Park, Tina Paul Mulye, National Adolescent Health Information Center, University of California, San Francisco, (2008).
Early Childhood Mental Health Early Childhood Mental Health University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (Winter 2009-2010) This entire issue is devoted to early childhood mental health issues including screening, interventions and trauma.


Urban School Reform as Housing Policy, The Atlantic Cities, Matthew Yglesias, Sep 15, 2011
The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, Maya Brennan, May 2011, a MacArthur Foundation Report

Juvenile Justice

Cradle to Prison Pipeline Cradle to Prison Pipeline Factsheet Children’s Defense Fund, California March 2009.
Characteristics of Juvenile Suicide in Confinement, Lindsey M. Hayes, US DoJ.
Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.

Foster Care

Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California’s Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to Be Ready for and Succeed in School (2008) Recommendations and Implementation Strategies from the California Education Collaboration for Children in Foster Care
Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Weighing the Costs to Government against the Benefits to Youth Peters, Dworsky, Courtney, Poliack, (June 2009) Chapin Hall, University of Chicago.
Never Too Old: Achieving Permanency and Sustaining Connections For Older Youth in Foster Care. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, July 2011. This research document is a policy and perspective that looks not just at adoption, but at all the effective approaches being considered today for achieving lasting connections for foster youth and therefore, better outcomes.
My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth Human Rights Watch (2010).


Key Organizations

The links below represent a selected list of articles that may be useful to those who are seeking additional information on the below referenced issue areas.


LA Department of Public Health The site offers summaries of county health data as well as links to many reports on recent trends, key indicators, as well as special reports on children with special health needs, asthma, children’s health initiative unit and more.
First Five LA This organization invests millions of dollars in support of local children ages 0-5. Their extensive site offers, among other things, a list of local First Five policy and investment strategies for LA County, a list of current projects, community bulletin board as well as useful links and articles.
Los Angeles Women, Infants and Children Project The Public Health Foundation Enterprises Women, Infants and Children Program (PHFE WIC) is a nonprofit agency that has been providing WIC services in the Los Angeles area. In the Research and Projects section of they offer information, surveys, and reports on the local needs of the population they serve.
LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment This local public/private funding collaborative, comprised of some of the country’s largest private foundations, (including Everychild) family foundations and public funders, seeks to promote local investment and policy improvements which will enhance the life outcomes of local children ages 0-5.
211 LA County A private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, this is the largest information and referral (I&R) service in the nation. 211 LA is the local site and functions as a gateway to LA County’s vast and complex social service delivery system.
LA County County Directory of information and services.
Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families
Public Counsel
Los Angeles County Education Foundation
Los Angeles Superior Court
Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles


Legislative Analyst’s Office A nonpartisan fiscal and policy analyst government organization in Sacramento. They prepare analysis of many different budgetary issues as well as reports on legislation and policy issues. A number of reports are available on website regarding CA. children’s issues.
Children Now Publishes an annual State of CA’s Children’s Report Card.
Healthy Cities This is a unique website that offers nonprofit and other service provider data mapping along with statewide and local data and resources for California and Los Angeles area service referrals.
California Youth Connection
California Alliance for Families & Children
John Burton Foundation
California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care
California Fostering Connections to Success
California Foster Youth Education Task Force
California College Pathways


Trust for America’s Health Reports, advocacy guides and initiatives.
Child Trends Using over 100 key indicators, this database reports national trends and research on children and youth wellbeing.
The Future of Children A collaboration between Princeton and the Brooking Institute, the Future of Children’s website and journals summarizes and/url links to social science research and articles devoted to translating the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy.
Annie E. Casey Foundation The Foundation focuses on disadvantaged children and the website offers data, publications and other resources. They are well known for their Kids Count Data Center.
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health This website collects and makes publicly available data to foster improvements in children’s health, education and wellbeing. Both national and state and local data is provided in selected areas.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago This research-based policy website is focused on children and the communities where they live. They have unique expertise in the studies of child abuse and foster children.
Rand Corporation This policy think tank publishes national policy research and analysis in a variety of areas including education and children and families.
Professor James Heckman’s Website Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman’s website offers his research, powerpoints and other tools aimed at advancing wide spread understanding about the need to invest in early childhood. He is widely credited for advancing the premise that investments in early childhood offer the greatest return on investment.
EPA Office of Children’s Health Offers information and resources about chidlren’s environmental health concerns.
Zero to Three A National Center for Infants, Toddlers, Zto3 supports program, parentling and policies that improve outcomes for very young children. The Zto3 Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Seeking to ensure that public policies reflect best practices and current research in support of our nation’s very young children, the site offers advocacy tools, guides to policy issues, and more.
Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care
Fostering Results