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  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2013

    Published: September 16, 2014
    The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2013, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2013. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD); a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.
  • The Welfare Rules Databook: State Policies as of July 2000

    Published: October 15, 2004
    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…
  • Number and Characteristics of Early Care and Education (ECE) Teachers and Caregivers: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)

    Published: November 5, 2013
    What did the early childhood teaching and caregiving workforce look like in 2012? This research brief describes the Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce data developed in the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). The survey focuses on individuals providing direct care and education for children birth through five years and not yet in kindergarten. Findings are based on over 10,000 questionnaires completed in 2012 by a sample of individuals representing about one million...
  • TANF Work Requirements and State Strategies to Fulfill Them

    Published: March 15, 2012
    A central component of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is its emphasis on work. Adult TANF recipients, with some exceptions, must participate in work activities as a condition of receiving cash benefits. This brief discusses the federal work requirements and state strategies for meeting them. It especially focuses on state strategies since passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), the recession that began in December 2007, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • Behavioral Economics and Social Policy: Designing Innovative Solutions for Programs Supported by the Administration for Children and Families

    Published: April 29, 2014
    Insights from behavioral economics, which combines findings from psychology and economics, suggest that a deeper understanding of decision-making and behavior could improve human services program design and outcomes. Research has shown that small changes in the environment can facilitate behaviors and decisions that are in people’s best interest. However, there has been relatively little exploration of the potential application of this science to complex, large-scale human services...
  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2012

    Published: December 4, 2013
    The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2012, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2012. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database; a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project. The Databook is divided into five groups...
  • Welfare Time Limits: An Update on State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families

    Published: April 15, 2008
    One of the most controversial features of the 1990s welfare reforms was the imposition of time limits on benefit…
  • Synthesis of Research and Resources to Support at-Risk Youth

    Published: June 21, 2011
    This report provides a synthesis of research and existing ACF resources for serving at-risk youth…
  • ACF Evaluation Policy

    Published: December 27, 2012
    ACF’s evaluation policy confirms our commitment to conducting evaluations and to using evidence from evaluations to inform policy and practice. ACF seeks to promote rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics in the conduct of evaluations. This policy addresses each of these principles.
  • Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress: Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective

    Published: February 13, 2015
    This is the first in a series of four inter-related reports titled Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress.  The first report, Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective (1) provides a comprehensive framework for understanding self-regulation in context, using a theoretical model that reflects the influence of biology, caregiving, and the environment on the development of self-regulation.  The second report, A Review of Ecological, Biological...

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