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.
Graphic Illustration of the Board's Work
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)).
For a full listing of the Board's publications by year, please visit here.
|The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth|
This consensus study report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.
|A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty|
This consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. It also identifies packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than costs the United States currently bears.
|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.