Policy Efforts in 2024


SRCD works for our members to advance science and social policies at the U.S. federal level, including in Congress and executive agencies. Our goal is to enable SRCD members to conduct research and create a healthy, diverse, and vibrant child development discipline.


How We Serve Our Members 

We do that by working with dozens of other societies and organizations, in coalition. We regularly meet with U.S. federal officials and members of U.S. Congress. We sign on to letters, respond to federal-level calls for information, nominate SRCD members to federal positions and more.  

Our Priorities 

Our members helped identify our top policy priority areas for policy, which include: 

  1. Science funding: Promote robust and sustained funding for scientific and research programs, allocated by Congress and administered by the Institute for Education Sciences, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other agencies that support child development research.  
  2. Scientific workforce: Strengthen federal legislation, policies, and regulations that will enable the scientific workforce to operate, with a particular focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. 
  3. Early Care and Education: Support evidence-based federal legislation, policies, and regulation in Early Care and Education that impact children zero to five. 
  4. Child and adolescent mental health: Support evidence-based federal legislation, policies, and regulations that impact child and adolescent mental health.  

Here Are Our 2024 Public Letters:

Request and Support for Federal Funding

Changes to Federal Programs

Responses to Specific Programs and Policies

Federal Appointments


Check back for updates and more sign on letters regarding policies and practices impacting our scientific community's ability to fund, conduct, publish, and disseminate its research.

You can find the 2023 sign on letters here.