In the U.S., Hispanics represent the largest, and one of the fastest growing minority population subgroups. To determine what programs and policies should be doing differently, if anything, to better serve Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates are pleased to announce the creation of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (“Center”). The Center is comprised of a strong team of national experts on Hispanic issues, and is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanics across three priority areas—(1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, (2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and (3) early care and education. The Center was established by a 2013 cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families to Child Trends in partnership with Abt Associates and university partners – University of Maryland-College Park, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and New York University.
The newly launched Center also is pleased to announce a new Summer Research Fellowship program for 2014. In its inaugural year, the goal of the Summer Research Fellowship Program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. This 12-week program is open to those currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program (Master’s, Ph.D., or ABD – “all but dissertation”) and will provide graduate students with the opportunity to carry out policy-research in an applied setting, and in ways that can impact both policy and programs serving Hispanic children and families. We currently are accepting applications for summer 2014 research fellowships. Click here for more information on how to apply. Due to the demand, be sure to submit your application by March 7th, 2014.