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)).
Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety
September 19, 2018
(1:00 - 5:00 pm EDT)
Keck Center, E Street Conference Room
500 5th Street, NW
The committee is studying the state of the science on how summertime experiences affect school-age children (PreK-12) across three areas of well-being: 1) education, learning, and achievement; 2) health and risk for obesity; and 3) risk-taking, safety, and involvement in antisocial behavior.
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|25th Anniversary Event|
November 14, 2018
(2:00 - 8:00 pm EST)
National Academies Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Marking its 25th year, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families will hold a series of discussion with experts in the field, focusing on the current state and future of children, youth, and families.
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BCYF REPORTS: Ways We Spread the Messages
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.
|PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT|
Study on Reducing Social Isolation Among American LGBTQ Adolescents and Young Adults
Study on Timely and Legal Permanence For Children in the Foster Care System
Study on the Use of Information Technology in K-12 Classrooms
Workshop on Informing Future Policy Concerning Nonmedical Exemptions for Childhood
For a full listing of the Board's publications by year, please visit here.
|Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education|
This new report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that transforming the that transforming the financing structure for early care and education to meet the needs of all children and families will require greater coordination among financing mechanisms, as well as significant mobilization of financing and other resources across the public and private sectors. The report offers specific recommendations for making early childhood education and care more affordable for families, linking funding to high quality-standards, and financing the transformation of the education and care workforce.
|Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures|
This report examines how evidence based on research relevant to the development of DLLs/ELs from birth to age 21 can inform education and health policies and related practices that can result in better educational outcomes.
|Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice|
This 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.