First Book Research & Insights

Advancing equal access to quality education through research

First Book Research & Insights is a highly-focused research capacity that aggregates and amplifies the voices of more than 450,000 educators serving children in need through qualitative panels and quantitative surveys, data analytics and mapping techniques.

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First Book Research & Insights: Support for Toxic Stress of Poverty Most Important Learning Tool for Kids in Need

Top Barriers: Safety and Stability
Support for Toxic Stress of Poverty Most Important Learning Tool for Kids in Need

First Book educators reported that the most common barriers to learning faced by kids in need have nothing to do with what goes on at school. The majority of survey respondents cited a lack of family engagement, inadequate access to behavioral health support, and the impact of trauma as the most common obstacles preventing kids from learning.

First Book Research & Insights, Press Releases

First Book Research & Insights: Anxiety About Immigration Policies, Racism Taking Toll in Classroom

Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom
Educators say stress and anxiety are significant barriers to learning.

In underserved communities, student anxiety is getting in the way of learning, and increasing demands on educators, according to survey results gathered by First Book.

Social and Emotional Learning
First Book educators say emotional wellness is a top priority.

The First Book-Molina Health Needs Assessment gathered input from more than 2,100 First Book members to identify the most significant barriers to health and wellness faced by kids in need. The results revealed that educators saw mental health issues as obstacles to academic success.