More Than Just A Coat of Paint

A school’s environment sends a message about the value of the school’s community and the importance of education. Do drab, dark colors create a different feeling for students and staff than warm and vibrant ones? Can paint transform institutional (at times even prison-like) spaces into safer, more welcoming centers of learning? Publicolor, a youth development […]

Investing in Children’s Early Years: An Interview with Research Professor Lisa Gennetian

Lisa Gennetian is a research professor at Steinhardt’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). Gennetian studies poverty and policy research, income instability, and children’s development.  In 2015, she launched the beELL initiative; a program that applies insights from behavioral economics to enhance the impacts of early childhood interventions. She is co-principal investigator on a large randomized control study […]

Afterschool Program Environments Linked to Academic Confidence and Skills

Afterschool programs with positive, responsive, and organized environments can have academic benefits for students, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. Young people growing up in urban, low-income communities spend significant time in publicly funded afterschool programs. Unlike schools, which grow increasingly segregated and involve more individual instruction as children grow older, afterschool programs are spaces […]

What North Carolina and Pennsylvania Families Are Teaching Us About Stress and Our Environment

A small sample of saliva can hold a treasure trove of data: levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol, exposure to secondhand smoke, and even a person’s DNA. When combined with information about a child’s home, school, and neighborhood, these measures can unlock an understanding about how stress and other environmental factors influence children’s health. Experiences […]

Yoshikawa Leads Consensus Statement on Undocumented Youth and Families

In the United States, 5.3 million children and adolescents are growing up either with unauthorized status or with at least one parent who has that status. Until recently, little research has informed policy debates related to unauthorized status – including those about border enforcement, deportation, and a pathway to citizenship – despite the importance of […]

Steinhardt Researchers Awarded More Than $4 Million to Study School Interventions in Chicago and New York

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development more than $4 million to fund research examining the long-term outcomes of two proven educational interventions. The studies seek to understand whether structured programs in preschool, kindergarten, and first […]

Study Examines Neighborhood Effects on Language of African-American Youth

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates the effect of neighborhood poverty on the use of African-American Vernacular English by low-income minority youth. African-American Vernacular English, a systematic dialect spoken by some African-Americans and commonly known as Ebonics, is rooted in history and an important identity marker and expressive resource for its speakers. […]