Child and Family Well-being in the Wake of COVID-19

Caring for children and promoting their well-being is challenging under normal circumstances. Doing it during a global health crisis is a whole other story – one that has magnified the importance of equitable policies that support families. As the call for help increases each day – from food access to health access, child development to economic development – so does the response from our providers, educators, funders, caregivers and policymakers. In order to fully recover from this pandemic, transforming and strengthening the systems that support families will be critical for our nation and region. The way forward is up to what we do now. A new conversation series from the Clark-Fox Policy Institute takes a pulse on these policy challenges and explores possible paths forward with local leaders. We invite you to join us on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Bring a cup a coffee or tea, your questions and ideas. Children are always welcome. Register today to join the conversation.

May 12: Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

Katie Rahn | Executive Director, SouthSide Early Childhood Center Rahn has worked in the field of early childhood as a classroom teacher, center administrator, consultant and a college instructor. She is especially passionate about creating systems-level change that will ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to quality early childhood services. More about Katie Rahn.

May 19: Family Well-being

Michal Grinstein-Weiss | Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives, Brown School; Director of the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

As a leading expert in the asset-building field, Dr. Grinstein-Weiss is influential in the design of innovative policies to promote household financial security and social and economic mobility, both in the United States and internationally.

Accompanying Dr. Grinstein-Weiss will be Pamela Chan, Associate Director of the Social Policy Institute. More about Michal Grinstein Weiss and Pamela Chan.

May 26: Early Childhood Education System Interventions

Good Intentions aren’t Enough: Modeling to Prevent Unintended Consequences of Interventions to the Early Childhood Education System Saras Chung  |  Executive Director, SKIP Dr. Saras Chung spent 10+ years working with children and adolescents in behavioral health hospitals, schools and youth development organizations. Her research interests include adolescent development for ethnic minority youth, emotion regulation skills in school-based settings, and social emotional learning programs to prevent and reduce internalizing behaviors in young people. Saras Chung will be joined by SKIP team members Nishesh Chalise, System Dynamics Modeler, and Rachel Matsumoto, Systems Research Fellow. More about Saras Chung and the SKIP team.