Child Welfare’s 21st-Century Research Agenda: How Monthly Cash Gifts Are Fostering Infant Brain Development
October 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Baby’s First Years is the first causal study to test the connections between poverty reduction and brain development among very young children. During this webinar, participants will hear from two researchers behind the study, Kimberly Noble and Greg Duncan, about the impact of monthly cash support for low-income mothers on the brain development of their infant children.
Baby’s First Years is a pathbreaking study of the causal impact of monthly, unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers and their children in the first four years of the child’s life. After one year, infants of mothers in low-income households receiving $333 in monthly cash support were more likely to show faster brain activity, in a pattern associated with learning and development at later ages.
How economic and concrete supports can be used promote child and family well-being and prevent child maltreatment is one component of the 21st-century research agenda for child welfare. Understanding the existing research and research gaps in this area is critical as we design better economic stability programs for families and upstream community-based family supports.
About the Webinar Series
This webinar is one session in Social Current’s five-part learning series on the 21st-century research agenda for child welfare.
- Cutting through the Chaos by Reframing Childhood Adversity
Oct. 11 from Noon-1 p.m. ET
- How Monthly Cash Gifts Are Fostering Infant Brain Development
Oct. 13 from 2-3 p.m. ET
- Supporting Safe and Effective Investigations through Training Labs
Nov. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET
- Building Protective Factors through Family Resource Centers
Dec. 1 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET
- An Anti-Racist Approach to Child Neglect Investigations
Dec. 12 from 3-4 p.m. ET
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the William T. Grant Foundation are leading an initiative, along with many partners, to identify research gaps related to community-based family support, child protective services, out-of-home care, and post-permanency services. The initiative is now working to conduct research, rooted in equity and co-designed by people with lived experience, to address these gaps and answer key questions, as well as increase the use of this research in decision making. Learn more about the 21st-century research agenda for child welfare online.
- Learn about the connections between poverty reduction and brain development among young children
- Reflect on ways that economic and concrete supports can bolster well-being
- Gain insight into the 21st-century research agenda
Who Should Participate
- Child welfare professionals including caseworkers, investigators, managers, researchers, and other social sector professionals who interact with the child welfare system
Greg Duncan, Ph. D.
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of California, Irvine
Kimberly Noble, MD, Ph. D.
Lead PI, Neuroscience
Professor of Neuroscience and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University