Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2021

After another busy year at PolicyLab, we’re taking time to reflect back on 2021 by highlighting our most-read blog posts of the year. 

We weren’t surprised to see our blog posts focused on COVID-19 rise to the top as families across the country faced another year of challenging pandemic impacts. Count down the five most-read 2021 PolicyLab blog posts below:

5. Social Distancing to Virtual Learning: Breaking Down COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health Across Youth Developmental Stages

4. The Impact of Paid Leave on School Functioning During COVID-19

3. Q&A: Exploring COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease

2. Pressing Issues Facing Children and Families: Reflections One Year into the Pandemic


  • Modeling the Pandemic: Our COVID-Lab forecasting model updates and accompanying weekly blog posts continued to be widely read over the course of the year. The top COVID-Lab post was from January—COVID-19 Outlook: At the Height of the Pandemic, A Race Against Time
  • Honorable Mention: As the year comes to a close, we also recognize posts from past years that continue to be among our most-read. At the top of this list was a 2020 post by PolicyLab researchers Tara Dechert, Sherita Williams, and Dr. Marsha Gerdes, from our “…in 200 words” series, Safety of Child Care During COVID-19 in 200 Words

We look forward to continuing this important work together with our partners and hosting our Forum in 2022, addressing these issues and many others to support the health and well-being of children, teens and families. Happy New Year!