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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.

For a Graphic Illustration of BCYF's work, please visit ►
BCYF is a joint activity of the Division of Behavioral
and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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:  ► 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  

See a listing of all upcoming  BCYF events


Recent Reports

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

Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth to Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation

Birth to Eight

Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults
Young Adults Report 2014

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Legal Sector

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for the Health Care Sector

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Providers of Victim and Support Services

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally: The Cost of Inaction for Young Children Globally: A Workshop
Cost of Inaction Cover

Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Scaling Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interventions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health
CCAB Report #1 Cover

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