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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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The Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) is a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academies of Sci­ences, Engineering, and Medicine that convenes top experts from mul­tiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth, and families today. Our ability to evaluate research simultaneously from the perspectives of the biological, behavioral, health, and social sciences allows us to shed light on innovative and influential solu­tions to inform the nation. Our range of methods—from rapidly convened workshops to consensus reports and forums—allows us to respond with the timeliness and depth required to make the largest possible impact on the health and well being of children, youth, and their families throughout the entire life­cycle. BCYF reports provide independent analyses of the science and go through a rigorous external peer review process.

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BCYF is a joint activity of the Division of Behavioral
and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) and the Health and Medicine Division (formerly  the Institute of Medicine (IOM)).

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Of Interest

Armchair Discussions
Social Justice and Equity across the Life Course

View the video from BCYF's meeting, which took place on May 11, 2015:  ► Meeting Agenda

Investing in the Health and Well-being of Young Adults

Young adulthood—ages approximately 18 to 26—is a critical period of development with long-lasting implications for a person’s economic security, health, and well-being.

Published in 2014, a report from the IOM/NRC laid out a set of recommendations for investing in young adults.

In this video, hear from young adults themselves on how to best invest in their health and well-being.



BCYF Reports: Ways We Communicate
We are always looking for the most current and useful communication method to disseminate condensed information from our reports to audiences nationally and internationally. For a list of current BCYF communication products please go ► here.


Upcoming Events

Summertime Opportunities to Improve Child and Adolescent Education and Health Outcomes

August 25, 2016 (9:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT)
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

The workshop will feature presentations and discussions that advance our understanding of interventions designed to support school-age children during summertime across education and learning, and health, especially risk for obesity.

More information  |  Register for the workshop

See a listing of all upcoming  BCYF events

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Reducing Child Poverty: A Planning Meeting

Financing Early Care and Education With a Highly Qualified Workforce: A Study

► Framework for Nutrition Education Standards: A Study

► >Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings: A Study

► Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety: A Study

Recent Reports

For a full listing of the Board's publications by year, please visit here.

Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8

Parenting Matters CoverThis report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families reviews research on parenting practices and identifies effective practices. The report also recommends way agencies and others can support interventions that help more parents learn about effective parenting practices.

More Information  |  View the Report Release Webinar

Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice

Bullying Prevention coverThis new report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, and the Committee on Law and Justice evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying as well as the context, scope, and impact of the problem. The report also outlines next steps in prevention for policymakers, parents, educators, healthcare providers, and others concerned with the care of children.

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Advancing the Power of Economic Evidence to Inform Investments in Children, Youth, and Families

Econ4KidsThis report highlights the potential for economic evidence to inform investment decisions for interventions that support the overall health and well-being of children, youth, and families. This report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families describes challenges to the optimal use of economic evidence, and offers recommendations to stakeholders to promote a lasting improvement in its quality, utility, and use.

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Workshop in Brief
Identifying Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention in the Depression Cascade

Depression Cascade for homepageThe Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health cohosted a webinar with the American Academy of Pediatrics on prevention and intervention methods to address the development of clinical depression in children and adolescents.  The webinar featured three presentations focused on various opportunities to identify and intervene in developing cases of clinical depression within current health care settings, viewing the detection and care of depression as a series of steps that a practice could take.

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