The has announced an $800,000 grant from the in support of its .
The grant will enable the network to help researchers acquire and integrate information on transition-age foster youth, promote the use of existing data, and support a postdoctoral research scholar to advance research on the foster youth population. With funding for data acquisition and research across the childhood development spectrum, researchers will be able to generate more knowledge about how children and families change over time based on various factors, such as whether receiving certain early childhood education services or having a parent who is incarcerated affects academic achievement during adolescence.
The network, which was established by Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Jacquelyn McCrosky of the USC , received initial support from to develop data related to the early stage of childhood, from infancy to age 5. The grant from the Hilton Foundation will enable it to broaden its coverage to teens transitioning out of the foster care system.
"One of the biggest barriers a lot of researchers and grantmakers and practitioners have is trying to access data," said Hilton Foundation senior program officer Jeannine Balfour. "This idea of having one entity doing this, taking the bull by the horns and trying to get as much administrative data as possible so it is more accessible, is a win-win for everyone."