Social and Emotional Well-being
AIR conducts research and evaluation activities and provides technical assistance, consultation, and communication activities regarding the mental health of children and youth, and the social and emotional conditions for learning. AIR’s activities in this area focus on promotion, prevention, early intervention, and treatment.
Our work includes cultural competence, disparity reduction, juvenile justice, child welfare, violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention. We also assist with interagency collaboration, school-based interventions, family-driven practice, indicator development, evidence-based practices, positive behavioral approaches, youth development, and social and emotional learning. AIR works with communities, schools, counties, states, and federal and international agencies.
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Susan Muenchow and Christopher Ruhm discuss how a paid parental leave policy could promote a more stable foundation for children and families in the U.S.—without breaking the bank. Longer leave gives mothers more time to heal physically, encourages breastfeeding, and promotes parent-baby attachment.
In this video interview, AIR principal researcher Susan Muenchow explains the economic reasons why women return to work so quickly and examines the childhood development, economic, and health impacts of paid family leave. Giving mothers more paid time off, she asserts, could lead to costs savings from reduced employee turnover and re-training costs as well as health savings.
This paper examines efforts from 2008 to 2012 by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) – with the assistance of the American Institutes for Research – to improve safety, order, and the conditions for learning in its schools.
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