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.

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Statement on Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion in SRCD Publications

As our highly regarded journals are perhaps the most public-facing element and explicitly gatekeeping mechanism of the SRCD enterprise, we must critically examine the extent to which our journals, Editors and Editorial Boards, reviewers and review standards, and Publications Committee activities implement practices and policies grounded in inclusive and anti-racist principles. Read the full statement.

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.

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Volume 30 (2017) - Volume 34 (2021)

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 2017 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.


Leveraging Research on Informal Learning to Inform Policy on Promoting Early STEM
Volume 32, Issue 3
Michelle A. Hurst, Naomi Polinsky, Catherine A. Haden, Susan C. Levine, and David H. Uttal

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Strengthening Social Programs to Promote Economic Stability during Childhood
Volume 32, Issue 2
Bradley Hardy, Heather D. Hill, and Jennie Romich

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Digital Games as a Context for Children's Cognitive Development: Research Recommendations and Policy Considerations
Volume 32, Issue 1
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
Volume 31, Issue 4
Stephanie M. Reich, Kristin S. Hoeft, Guadalupe Díaz, Wendy Ochoa, and Amy Gaona

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Supporting Parents: How Six Decades of Parenting Research Can Inform Policy and Best Practice
Volume 30, Issue 5
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
Volume 30, Issue 4
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
Volume 30, Issue 3
Abbie Raikes, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Pia Rebello Britto, and Iheoma Iruka

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PK-3: What Does It Mean For Instruction?
Volume 30, Issue 2
Deborah Stipek, Doug Clements, Cynthia Coburn, Megan Franke and Dale Farran

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