• Children's Health Insurance 

    Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2003)
    Children without health insurance are more likely to go without necessary medical care and attention, putting their development and health at risk. MC+ for Kids has positively impacted many of Missouri's children.
  • Corporal Punishment in Schools 

    Blower, Stephen; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2004)
    The United States is one of only three industrialized nations that still permit the use of corporal punishment in its public schools. Schools are the only American institution where this practice is allowed. It has been ...
  • Early Childhood Brain Development 

    Halliburton, Amy L., 1974-; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008)
    We know that children need proper nutrition, safe homes, access to health care, and good parenting in order to thrive. With recent technological advances, we are also beginning to understand more about how a child's brain ...
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit: Lifting Working Families Out of Poverty 

    Brookes, Sheila J. (Sheila Joyce), 1963-; Watson, Amy L.; Lane, Valerie (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008)
    22% of Missouri's young children live under the poverty level. Research shows that a child's development is affected negatively by circumstances of poverty. Children raised in poverty are more likely to have poorer physical ...
  • Foster Care in Missouri 

    Brookes, Sheila J. (Sheila Joyce), 1963-; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2004)
    In 2001, approximately 805,000 children in the United States were in foster care. The majority of children entering foster care have experienced prolonged and repeated abuse and neglect. Consequently, many have serious ...
  • School Readiness: Implications for Policy 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008-05)
    To prepare children for success in school, policies must provide support for all the contexts that influence child development starting from birth, and must seek to optimize children's functioning across all domains of ...