This report presents national, regional, and state estimates of past month binge drinking among young people aged 12-20. Compared with 2010–12, the estimate of past month underage binge drinking in 2012–14 was lower in the nation as a whole (15.87% vs. 14.44%). Although the national trend in underage drinking is declining, underage drinking remains a concern in the U.S., and states and local communities experience the negative health, social, and economic consequences every year. Learn more.
This report examines the early adulthood milestones of 2002 high school sophomores as of 2012. It reports on key outcomes, including high school completion, enrollment in postsecondary education, progress toward or completion of a college degree, family formation, and employment status and earnings. Learn more.
This resource, hosted on the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children website, is a result of a recent education and training event to better understand and address research findings that mothers under the age of 20 have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and the shortest duration of breastfeeding of those who breastfeed. The subsequent webpage features presentation recordings and slides, and an array of other materials based on information presented and discussions held throughout the event and since. Learn more.
This website provides information on the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides nutritious meals to low-income children when school is not in session. Local organizations can use this website to learn how to be a part of the program. Families can use the search tool to find local sites serving meals. Learn more.
This report (PDF, 3 pages), developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, details the results of a national survey of probation officers on their roles, what they know about trauma and youth, and what they want to learn about trauma and trauma-informed practices. Learn more (PDF, 3 pages).
This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions, including the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking. The report also highlights the percentages of individuals who seek treatment for these conditions. Learn more.
This report analyzes data from the 2011–2016 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to determine recent patterns of current use of seven tobacco product types among U.S. middle and high school students. Decreases in cigarette and cigar use during 2011–2016 were offset by increases in hookah and e-cigarette use, resulting in no significant change in any tobacco use. In 2016, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly-used tobacco product among high school and middle school students. Learn more.
This literature review (PDF, 10 pages) summarizes research on intellectual and developmental disabilities of youths who are at risk of or who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Professionals working in juvenile justice settings can use this resource to better understand the challenges facing young people. Policymakers can also use the review to inform federal policies that pertain to the treatment of youths with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. Learn more (PDF, 10 pages).
Application Deadline: Multiple
These funding opportunities aim to promote rigorous research on special education and early intervention for children and youth:
- Special Education Research Grants
Application Deadline: August 17, 2017
This program seeks to expand understanding of children and youth with, or at risk for, disabilities through exploratory research, development, and pilot testing of new interventions; efficacy and effectiveness studies to evaluate interventions; and the development and validation of measures. Learn more.
- Research Training Programs in Special Education
Application Deadline: August 17, 2017
These training programs seek to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous and relevant special education and early intervention research. Learn more.
- Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education
Application Deadline: September 21, 2017
This competition aims to create a network of research teams to work together and share ideas on a specific issue of critical importance to special education. Learn more.
- Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
This competition is designed to support rigorous evaluations of short-term special education interventions. Learn more.
This website provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that ensures a free, appropriate public education, as well as special education and related services, to students with disabilities. Students, parents, educators, service providers, and grantees can use this website to find information on children and youth with disabilities and special education. Learn more.
This issue brief, developed by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk, addresses features of juvenile detention facilities as well as the characteristics of youth who find themselves in detention centers. It also offers overarching principles of educational programming for youth in detention and provides a description of flexible and high quality educational services in short-term juvenile justice facilities. Educators and administrators in juvenile justice settings can use this brief when developing and delivering educational services for the youth they serve. Learn more.
This annual report uses the latest available data to present 50 indicators on education topics, including secondary and postsecondary education, labor force outcomes, and international comparisons. The report also includes four spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. Learn more.
This PSA features the voice and story of a young person who experienced homelessness and found help using the National Runaway Safeline. Youth-serving professionals can use this PSA to educate young people about the nationwide network of housing and support services available through the National Runaway Safeline. Learn more.
This article describes two NIJ-funded studies that highlight the importance of family context in the development of aggression and teen dating violence. Organizations that serve parents of high-risk youth can use this information to inform how they address mental health, marital conflict, and parenting skills. Learn more.
This technical package (PDF, 64 pages) highlights six strategies that represent the best-available evidence to prevent intimate partner violence and its consequences across the lifespan. Communities and states can use this resource to guide and inform decisions about programs, policies, and practices related to intimate partner violence prevention. Learn more (PDF, 64 pages).
This report examines the association between major depressive episode (MDE), self-rated overall health, and selected health conditions (including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, obesity, and diabetes) among adolescents in the U.S. The results show worse overall health ratings and a greater likelihood of asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia among adolescents with past year MDE, compared with adolescents without past year MDE. These results were similar by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and poverty status. Learn more.