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New Brief

 This brief highlights opportunities to promote early relational health with policy change and investments, including with existing programs, pandemic funding, and pending legislation in Congress.

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New Episode

In this episode, we explore a social enterprise baby food company founded on a Navajo Nation reservation in New Mexico that produces traditional Navajo foods, and how the embrace of traditional ways has helped the founder’s experience as a father. 

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New Series

Youth Thrive believes that all young people should be valued, loved, and supported to reach their goals. Check out the new video series on how Youth Thrive seeks to  achieve these goals and create better futures for all young people.

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Who We Are

The Center for the Study of Social Policy works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. We translate ideas into action, promote public policies grounded in equity, and support strong and inclusive communities. We advocate with and for all children, youth, and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.

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Our Approach

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Systems Reform

We draw on the latest research and work to make systems more responsive, accountable, and rooted in policies that ensure equity and inclusion for all children, youth, families, and communities.

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Community Outreach

We believe in the power of communities to shape their futures. We work with communities across the country and with local systems to impact policy and systems change.

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We work to influence public policy to create opportunity, advance equity, achieve impact, and scale results. We fight against inequitable policy proposals and promote policies that ensure equity and inclusion.