Social Policy Report

The Social Policy Report (SPR) is a quarterly publication of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Its purpose is twofold: (1) to provide policymakers with comprehensive, non-partisan reviews of research findings on topics of current national interest, and (2) to inform the SRCD membership about current policy issues relating to children and about the state of relevant research.

Social Policy Report is a quarterly publication of the Society for Research in Child Development that provides a forum for scholarly reviews and discussions of developmental research and its implications for policies affecting children. Topics are drawn from a variety of disciplines and cover a wide range of issues that affect child and family development through the lens of social policy, such as health care, parenting practices, and education policies. SRCD recognizes that few policy issues are noncontroversial and that authors may well have a “point of view,” but the SPR is not intended to be a vehicle for authors to advocate particular positions on policies. Presentations should be balanced, accurate, and inclusive. The publication nonetheless includes the disclaimer that the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of SRCD or the editors.

Square image with the Social Policy Report cover, a white background with a blue bar on the right side of the cover. The SRCD Logo is artfully placed within the blue bar. Lead Editor of the Social Policy Report is Ellen Wartella from Northwestern University.

Social Policy Report Editorial Board


Lead Editor, Ellen Wartella, and her Editorial Board are charged with inviting experts in certain fields as well as accepting topic ideas for future Social Policy Reports.

Browse recent Social Policy Reports

Volume 29 (2015) - Volume 32 (2019)

Each SPR since 2006 has an accompanying brief which highlights key findings of the research. The Social Policy Report Briefs can be found below their corresponding Reports, as well as on the Social Policy Report Brief pageSocial Policy Reports published before 2015 can be found in the Social Policy Report Archives. Several Reports are available in PDF format to view and download, while other listings are for reference only.



Digital Games as a Context for Children's Cognitive Development: Research Recommendations and Policy Considerations
Fran C. Blumberg, Kirby Deater‐Deckard, Sandra L. Calvert, Rachel M. Flynn, C. Shawn Green, David Arnold, and Patricia J. Brooks

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Disparities in the Quality of Pediatric Dental Care: New Research and Needed Changes
Stephanie M. Reich, Kristin S. Hoeft, Guadalupe Díaz, Wendy Ochoa, and Amy Gaona

Read full Report   Social Policy Report Brief - English   Social Policy Report Brief - Español



Supporting Parents: How Six Decades of Parenting Research Can Inform Policy and Best Practice
Douglas M. Teti, Pamela M. Cole, Natasha Cabrera, Sherryl H. Goodman, and Vonnie C. McLoyd

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Research-Practice Partnerships: Building Two-Way Streets of Engagement
Vivian Tseng, John Q. Easton, and Lauren H. Supplee

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Children, Youth and Developmental Science in the 2015-2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals
Abbie Raikes, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Pia Rebello Britto, and Iheoma Iruka

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PK-3: What Does It Mean For Instruction?
Deborah Stipek, Doug Clements, Cynthia Coburn, Megan Franke and Dale Farran

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