A notable addition to McGraw-Hill's Developmental Series, Child Development and Social Policy: Theory and Applications, is a lively, readable examination of the challenges that have emerged during the past decade in the field of child development and social policy. The volume emphasizes the real connections between what we know about healthy child development, and what we are doing--and not doing--to strengthen our nation's families. At the same time, it paints a realistic picture of the complex and often frustrating context within which policy efforts made on behalf of children and families are conceived and developed. With extensive examples, graphics, and real-life policy stories from history, the text captures the excitement, tensions, and challenges of the development of social policies pertaining to children. Clear, well-organized chapters present the information in a way that is both engaging and accessible.