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Center for the Study of Social Welfare Policy
The Center for the Study of Social Welfare Policy helps states and localities put into place creative and effective strategies that strengthen disadvantaged communities and families, and ensure that children grow up healthy and safe, are successful in school and ready for productive adulthood. The website has the following resources: child protection clearinghouse, community decision making and local governance clearinghouse and publications related to children and families.

Child Care Bureau Policy Library
The Child Care Bureau Policy Library is part of the Child Care Bureau's website, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/acf_policy_planning.html#policy. The policy section contains federal documents related to budgets, regulations, reports to Congress, and funding opportunities for Head Start, Child Abuse prevention programs and Tribes.

Child Care Partnership Project
The Child Care Partnership Project exists to promote and nurture innovative practices and partnerships for the states and communities that have already established public-private partnerships. This website provides practical information on creating and maintaining public-private partnerships designed to increase and improve child care in states and communities throughout the country.

Child Stats
Child Stats is the official website of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. This website offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment and education. Reports of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, such as America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being (the annual federal report that monitors the status of the nation's children), are also listed on the website.

Child Trends
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan children's research organization that collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field. The website makes available publications and information on current research projects, research briefs and fact sheets.

Drug Policy Research Center
The Rand Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC) conducts research to help community leaders and public officials develop more effective ways of dealing with problems created by drug use. This website offers information about DPRC's current research projects and publications.

Fatherhood Project
The Fatherhood Project is a national research and education project that examines fatherhood and develops ways to support men's involvement in child rearing. Information about the Fatherhood Projects' publications, films, seminars and trainings and consultations can be found on its website.

Institute for Policy Research
The Institute for Policy Research is a public policy research institute at Northwestern University designed to stimulate and support social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely. The website offers information about current research and publications.

Joint Center on Poverty Research (JCRP)
The Joint Center on Poverty Research is based at the University of Chicago and supports academic research that examines what it means to be poor and live in America. JCPR concentrates on the causes and consequences of poverty in America and the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing poverty. The website offers information about it publications, including working papers, policy briefs, research summaries and online books and reports. In addition, users will find data, news articles, press releases and an information clearinghouse.

National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza is a national, private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt, constituency-based Hispanic organization established to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The council works in the following areas: capacity-building assistance; applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy; public information efforts; and special and international projects. These areas support the Council's strategic priorities: education, assets/investment, economic mobility, health, and media/image/civil rights. The website provides news alerts and information, resources for its affiliates, researchers, policymakers, and advocates. The publications section includes white papers, issue briefs, research reports, presentation and testimonies in the work areas and strategic priorities described above.

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