Monday, April 5, 2010

CSSP Awards $5.4 Million to Test Promising Approaches to Reducing Abuse of Young Children

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is awarding $5.4 million to organizations to test four promising approaches to preventing abuse of infants and young children whose families live in high-poverty neighborhoods and face numerous stressors. The projects aim to find effective approaches for reducing the likelihood of abuse and neglect in infants and young children because they face the highest rates of maltreatment.

CSSP is awarding each project nearly $1.4 million over 40 months to implement new models and evaluate their effectiveness. Selected from 41 highly competitive proposals, the four projects are located in Denver, Boston, Oregon and South Carolina.

This research is part of the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood, a five-year project launched in late 2008 to develop and disseminate new knowledge about programs and strategies that prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal development of infants and children younger than five. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau awarded $10 million to CSSP to develop the Center with its partners ZERO to THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families; and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.

Read the full press release and descriptions of the projects.

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