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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

Board Contact
   Natacha Blain, JD, PhD
   Board Director


   Pamella Atayi
   Program Coordinator
   500 Fifth St. NW
   Washington, DC 20001 


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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)).

Upcoming Events

Report Release Briefing
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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Stakeholder Engagement Meeting
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

MIlitary FamiliesThis 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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Of Interest

25th Anniversary Event

25th Anniversary
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.

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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 ► 


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 



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Recent Publications

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

Summertime coverThis 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.

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Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda

MEBLThis 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.

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Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society

MIlitary FamiliesThis 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.

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Proceedings of a Workshop-in-Brief
Applying Lessons of Optimal Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth: Public Information-Gathering Session

Optimal Health WiBThis 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.

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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

Adolescent Development coverThis 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.

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A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

Child PovertyLThis 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.

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Board Contact
   Natacha Blain, JD, PhD
   Board Director


   Pamella Atayi
   Program Coordinator
   500 Fifth St. NW
   Washington, DC 20001 


Subscribe Button


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