Important Future of Children Update

Jan. 14, 2021

Dear friends of the Future of Children:

We will be sunsetting the Future of Children journal this year following publication of our spring issue, “Research-Practice Partnerships to Support Early Education.”

Many factors led to this decision, chief among them the retirement of key personnel—our editor-in-chief, Sara McLanahan of Princeton University, and senior editor Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution—and the demands of continual fundraising.

We thank you for your support of the Future of Children over the 17 years since our team at Princeton and Brookings took over the journal from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. We believe that the journal and its accompanying policy briefs and outreach activities have made a real difference in the lives of children, in the areas of education, physical and mental health, racial and ethnic disparities, and many more. No matter the subject, we’ve remained committed to one central idea: that sound evidence—rather than ideology, guesswork, or wishful thinking—should underlie both policy and practice.

All of our issues and policy briefs will continue to be available free of charge on our website,; they are also archived on JSTOR.

Again, thank you for reading, and for all you do to improve children’s lives.

Sara McLanahan, editor-in-chief
Janet Currie, senior editor
Ron Haskins, senior editor
Melissa Kearney, senior editor
Cecilia Elena Rouse, senior editor
Isabel Sawhill, senior editor