Checklists, Big Data and the Virtues of Human Judgment
Los Angeles County struggles to strike the right balance between human judgment and increasingly sophisticated predictive tools when determining the risk that a child will be abused. On weekdays, calls to Los Angeles County’s child abuse hotline reach their peak between 2 p.m.
How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often?
Children born into low-income families face barriers to success in each stage of life from birth to age 40. Using data on a representative group of American children and a life cycle model to track their progress from the earliest years through school and beyond, we show that well-evaluated targeted interventions can close over 70 percent of the gap between more and less advantaged children in the proportion who end up middle class by middle age.
Making the Case for Early Childhood Intervention in Child Welfare
The number of youth in foster care nationally has declined over the past decade, however, similar declines have not occurred for children under six years of age.The brief, “Making the Case for Early Childhood Intervention in Child Welfare,” describes a national scan of interventions targeting families with young children and makes several recommendations to safely reduce the number of young children in foster care.