New three-part series on family-friendly business policies

Parents in the workforce face challenges balancing work and family. In a new three-part series, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute reviews the latest empirical data layered with community voice and details evidence-informed policy recommendations to help businesses create family-friendly workplaces. Read all 3 briefs now.

Ellicia Lanier named inaugural Scholar-in-Residence

Lanier is the founding Executive Director of Urban Sprouts Child Development Center and a leader in reimagining St. Louis’ early childcare system. Learn more Lanier’s appointment.

Who We Are

Our mission: The Clark-Fox Policy Institute aims to advance social and economic justice through practitioner training and working collaboratively to develop evidence-informed policy that bridges the gap between researchers and impacted populations by aligning scientific research with lived experience.

From Our Director

“We can and must deconstruct barriers to improve the lives of children, youth and the adults who care for them. The solution is policy. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute will work tirelessly toward the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies that advance social and economic justice and racial equity.”

Gary Parker
Associate Dean for External Affairs,
Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute


The Clark-Fox Policy Institute envisions a more just and equitable world in which policy solutions are community-driven, effective, and innovative.

Racial Equity Summit Sparks Ideas for Change

The 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit brought together more than 750 advocates, activists, and allies committed to addressing systemic inequities from education to housing to healthcare and beyond. This year’s summit expanded its offerings in a larger location at the America’s Center Convention Complex and attracted advocates from across the country… (Learn more.)

Continuing the Momentum of the First Five Years

Learn about Clark-Fox Policy Institute‘s guiding values, anchoring pillars, strategic priorities and much more in our Strategic Plan 2023 – 2028.

Launching Lifelong Success

Research demonstrates that high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education has the potential to yield greater workforce participation and economic prosperity, improved health outcomes, reduced crime, and a more equitable region. Learn more from our latest report, Launching Lifelong Success.

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