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)).
Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth
September 26, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Please join us for the release of the report, where committee members will give an overview of the study process and discuss the report's conclusions,
recommendations, and key messages.
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|Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System|
September 12, 2019
1:00 - 5:30 pm EDT
Keck Center, E Street Conference Room
500 5th Street, NW
This public meeting will bring together military and nonmilitary stakeholders to discuss the report recommendations and the actions that the DoD and practitioners can take to strengthen support for military families.
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25th Anniversary Event
Marking its 25th year milestone, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families held an event on November 14, 2018, featuring a series of discussion with experts in the field, focusing on the current state and future of children, youth, and families.
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.
|Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth|
This report lays out nine recommendations to address obstacles that disadvantaged children can face during the summer, including lack of access to quality programs, food insecurity, and exposure to unsafe and dangerous conditions, and to help all children develop positively and stay connected to resources.
|Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda|
This new consensus study report calls for a comprehensive national agenda to improve mental, emotional, and behavioral health in children and youth, recommending federal leadership and coordination between public and private partners.
|Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society|
This new Consensus Study Report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families finds that the U.S. Department of Defense and military branches have many programs and policies to support the well-being of military families, but they need to employ a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to match the needs of individual families to available programs.
|Applying Lessons of Optimal Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth: Public Information-Gathering Session|
This publication summarizes a workshop held in April 2019 as part of an information-gathering effort by the Committee on Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth. The study is working to identify key components of youth-serving programs that proved successful in improving health outcomes related to adolescent behavior.
|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.