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Household Income and Child Development in the First 3 Years of Life – Gates Funding

The Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life project will examine the impact of a large unconditional cash transfer on brain development among very young children of low income mothers (150% of the poverty line). The study will draw on a convenience sample of newborn infants and their mothers in eight hospitals across four US locations ? New York City, NY; Omaha, NE; New Orleans, LA; and Minneapolis, MN. Once identified, families will be randomly assigned to a treatment program for monthly cash transfers.

Proposed data collection to be carried out by SRO includes Recruitment of eligible mothers from the selected hospitals, one Baseline survey interview in a hospital setting with the birth mother and the collection of basic biometric information of the infant; a Wave 1 thirty-minute telephone follow-up interview; a Wave 2 in-person follow-up interview in the focal child’s home; and a Wave 3 interview conducted concurrently with the child’s visit to a university based laboratory three years after the baseline interview. We assume that SRO will be working with approximately 1,000 eligible families (babies and mothers) identified and prescreened during the 12-month Recruitment period.


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Funding Period:

11/21/2017 to 11/02/2018