Children & Families

Do programs reach their goals to protect and strengthen families? Westat has extensive experience with child welfare and family preservation programs, studies on child abuse and neglect, foster care, and general family functioning.

Project Highlights

Boosting child passenger safety

Putting children in a car seat or booster seat that’s appropriate for their age and size is the most effective way to protect young children involved in motor vehicle...

Championing for a healthier diet

As part of its efforts to improve healthy eating behaviors and reduce obesity rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) asked 54 local health departments to carry out...

Charting early childhood development

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K: 2011) was designed to provide detailed and comprehensive data that can be used to describe and to better understand...

Evaluating Protect MiFamily

To help keep children safe in their own homes and improve child well-being and family functioning, the Michigan Department of Human Services’ Protect MiFamily program provides intensive and innovative...

Examining infant and toddler feeding practices

Poor nutrition can have a detrimental effect on a woman’s pregnancy, as well as on the subsequent physical and cognitive development of her infant. In 1974, the federal Special...

Helping foster children find permanent homes

About 400,000 children in the U.S. are in foster care. To help these children and their families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports states’ efforts...

Helping states improve IDEA data quality

The Office of Special Education Programs has modified its approach to state accountability and is emphasizing data-based improvement planning for systemic change. With this new results-driven accountability model, states...

Helping young people move out of foster care

Foster youth who “age out” of the child welfare system, known as transition-age youth, face education, employment, health, and mental health challenges exacerbated by a lack of support networks...

How safe are nursery products?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects reliable data about the number of accidents and injuries that occur with nursery products such as cribs, bath seats, strollers, and high...

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