Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Examining the Impact of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration on Children in Public Housing
Decades of research has proven that the environment a child grows up in can help or harm their chances later in life. This project explores whether federal efforts to preserve or improve public and assisted housing mean better outcomes for kids.

Expanding Opportunities for Parent Engagement
Research has proven that giving parents the tools they need to support a child’s social, emotional, language, and academic progress can be critical to setting a foundation for success. This project tracks research-informed policies and programs that support parents’ engagement in their young children’s learning and development.

Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Scholars Network
Decades of research has proven that the environment a child grows up in can help or harm their chances later in life. This project explores whether federal efforts to preserve or improve public and assisted housing mean better outcomes for kids.

Improving the Odds for Young Children
Improving the Odds for Young Children shines a spotlight on state variation in the policy commitment to low-income young children and families. The result is a unique, state-by-state picture of the population of young children and the policy choices that states make across a range of services.

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
With their ability to design research to meet urgent community needs and to directly apply research to create change, researchers and community leaders—such as directors of nonprofits, faith leaders, community organizers, and advocates—are powerful partners for impacting urgent community health needs.

Making Work Supports Work
Making Work Supports Work is a collaborative project in which NCCP works with state and national partners to help policymakers improve supports for low-wage workers and their families. The goal is to promote a work support system that enables full-time workers to make ends meet and ensures that earning more always improves a family's financial bottom line.

New Jersey Parenting Project
NCCP’s qualitative study conducted 2015-16 explored the experiences of low-income parents who welcomed a child into their families with relation to New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance (FLI) program.

NYC Continuous Quality Improvement for Preschool Programs
This project is designed to strengthen the quality of preschool programs serving low-income families by using a continuous quality improvement (CQI) model. Twelve New York City early care and education programs have adopted the CQI model to improve how teachers evaluate themselves and the feedback they get on class performance.

NYC Partners for Preschool Quality
This project will design, implement, and evaluate an innovative workforce development model for promoting high quality preschool in NYC’s high needs communities. The model will be used to: 1) train Professional Development Specialist (PDS) and early childhood program/education directors (PD) to work with teachers to create strong supports for children’s learning in preschool classrooms and through parent involvement, and 2) support programs’ efforts to establish professional learning communities and other practices that can support continuous quality improvement in preschools.

NYC Preschool Education Leaders’ Support of High Quality Teaching
This project investigates factors that support or hinder teachers’ use of effective practices in New York City preschool programs.

Past Projects
Projects listed here have been successfully completed by NCCP. Although they are no longer active projects, we archive them for future reference and organizational history.

Research Connections
Research Connections is a unique, free, web-based resource that combines access to a comprehensive collection of scholarly research, policy briefs, government reports, data and instruments. Focused on early care and learning, it plays a core role in NCCP’s larger early childhood agenda, helping us to promote high quality research and the use of that research in policymaking.

Resilience in Low-Income Families
Despite the odds, many low-income parents are able to help their children flourish academically and emotionally, offering them a greater chance for overall success. This research project examines what those parents can teach policymakers and practitioners about building resiliency and helping lift more families out of poverty.

Supporting Young Children's Mental Health
This project aims to highlight opportunities, strategies, and current state efforts to promote young children’s mental health. From infancy onward, young children’s mental health plays a critical role in early learning and development. Essential supports for young children’s mental health should be widely available – in health care settings, home-visiting and community parenting programs, in early care and education settings, and through other community-based services.

The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
Varying state interpretations of the Affordable Care Act have effectively blocked some former foster youth from accessing their federally mandated Medicaid coverage. This project examines the challenges these youth face in keeping their coverage when moving to other states and makes recommendations to legislators and state policymakers for removing barriers to access.

Two-Generation Policies for Young Children and Families in Deep Poverty
Living in poverty places a child at greater risk for school failure, health problems, and low economic achievement in adulthood. This project examines the well-being and life circumstances of young children in deep poverty and policies and programs that can help them — and their parents — move toward opportunity.