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CYE has a global audience and connects the worlds of research, policy and practice.

The Children, Youth and Environments network disseminates knowledge and stimulates discussion to support inclusive, sustainable and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere. 


The CYE network connects a global community and provides an online forum for active discussion, resource sharing, and the publication of a peer-reviewed online journal.

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As we publish our second special issue on COVID-19, many are optimistic that the pandemic is nearing an end. However, as we asserted in our first issue, the real longitudinal impacts of COVID-19 on children, youth, and society are unknown. Current and future waves of infections caused by coronavirus variants and sub-variants make clear that the pandemic is not yet over; the virus will continue to naturally progress. Yet, as CYE goes to press, the World Health Organization is considering whether the pandemic is still an international public health emergency and governments are seeking ways to provide new bivalent vaccines to all its citizens and streamline its COVID-19 guidelines to accelerate a return to normal life activities. Travel has resumed, increasing the potential for contracting COVID-19, schools are in session face-to-face with virtual forms of education that may be enduring, and workers are negotiating new approaches to fulfilling their job duties. Yet, worldwide effects on children and youth are evident as reported across our two special issues and within others’ research and the public media. Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological systems theory with its concentric circles of complex relationships visibly frames the impact of the pandemic -- from government mandates to the closing of businesses and schools, to family health care and financial struggles, to children’s play, learning, and life experiences. Articles in this special issue focus on how activities for children and youth had to yield to those impacts - changing venues, utilizing virtual media, and altering transportation modes. This issue also provides insight into family and youth perspectives on caregiving and pandemic-related socio-ecological contexts.


Inside this issue, you will find diverse scholarly work that spans across the globe focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 where children live, learn, and play. We first we head to Europe where Percy-Smith and coauthors sought to understand how the pandemic brought about new opportunities in terms of young people’s personal development, social actorship and political agency, in spite of its detrimental impacts across seven different countries. Next, we make our way across the Atlantic and arrive in Canada where Larouche and coauthors assessed parent-perceived changes in active transportation and independent mobility among 5- to 17-year-olds since the outbreak of COVID-19 through two nation-wide surveys. We then wander south to the United States where Li and coauthors describe the implementation of a multiplatform science learning program that was originally developed for an in-person, formal learning environment and describe modifications made to the program based on infrastructure, preparations, and resource availability to meet the needs of distance learning in formal and informal learning environments due to COVID-19. Staying in the States, Izenstark and Sharaievska examined fathers’ perceptions on how their children’s outdoor recreation changed during COVID-19, and differences between rural and urban participants’ outdoor experiences to reveal that due to sweeping lifestyle changes, fathers reported increased time spent outdoors and the development of new outdoor family routines as a way to promote children’s health, fulfill caretaking responsibilities, and promote family relationships. Additionally, urban fathers reported more outdoor restrictions due to local policies whereas rural fathers reported engaging in a larger variety of nearby outdoor activities. Richmond and coauthors examined how COVID-19 affected the summer activities and environments of children from high- and low-income homes in the United States to show that youth from high-income homes had access to more enriching activities both before and during the pandemic, even though COVID-19 restricted access to programming for all youth. The authors also identified how work-from-home arrangements and virtual programming that arose during the pandemic could help bridge the opportunity gap moving forward. Ending our tour, we arrive in Illinois where Owens and Adkins explore the intentional design and building process of a camp community in an online program for six programs when that format was not the organizations’ original delivery mode and revealed distinct components that comprise a camp-specific community with pertinent considerations for youth development organizations seeking to create a feeling of community in their online programs. We wrap this issue with a field report from Huber and coauthors who describe and discuss their experiences with Playgroup at Home LIVE, a group of children (birth-5 years) and their parents who meet regularly to play and socialize the transitioned to virtual meetings during COVID-19.


Once again, we would like to remind our readers that we are delighted to announce that Children Youth and Environments has signed a new deal with University of Cincinnati Press ( Our backlist will continue to be available through JSTOR. The University of Cincinnati Press is committed to publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed, leading scholarship accessibly to stimulate dialog between the academy, public intellectuals and lay practitioners. The Press works with authors and editors to erase disciplinary to address common problems in our global community. UC Press looks for projects across the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields focusing on social justice and community engagement.

Future Issues

We are delighted to announce that Children Youth and Environments has signed a new deal with University of Cincinnati Press ( Our backlist will continue to be available through JSTOR.


The University of Cincinnati Press is committed to publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed, leading scholarship accessibly to stimulate dialog between the academy, public intellectuals and lay practitioners. The Press works with authors and editors to erase disciplinary to address common problems in our global community. UC Press looks for projects across the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields focusing on social justice and community engagement.

Past Issues

As this issue of Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) goes to press, living, working, learning, and playing exclusively in home environments have been the norm for millions of people across the globe while the COVID-19 pandemic continues its community spread. Some people only find the situation an inconvenience, but manageable. Too many others are besieged with job loss, inadequate housing, and mental health issues and we would like to express our hope for worldwide compassion toward those whose needs are immeasurable and for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. We respect and applaud the health care providers and other essential workers who are on the frontline in the fight to reduce virus casualties and ensure basic needs for others are met. We encourage everyone to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control as businesses and services re-open.

The Editors of Children, Youth and Environments express our sorrow to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who have lost loved ones in senseless acts of violence fueled by systemic racism. We stand with people of color who have experienced discrimination, implicit bias, oppression, racism, and violence and support the activism of our youth who are unifying and demanding accountability and change. 

At CYE, our mission is to disseminate knowledge and stimulate discussion that supports inclusive, sustainable and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere. We are committed to publishing articles that reflect and value the racial, cultural, and economic diversity present in children’s environments and for informed research, practice, and opinions to influence action and policy. Although not an exhaustive list, please see the references in chronological order below.

We call on researchers and practitioners to expand the knowledge base by submitting proposals for special issues of the journal, research papers, field reports, and position papers that examine how environments, design, projects, and programs influence experiences of equality, oppression, racism, safety, violence, and well-being for children and youth, as well as their efforts to organize and advocate for more equitable environments. Together, we can stand against racism and work towards creating environments that fully support equality for all people. 

Rhonda Brown, Victoria Carr, Vikas Mehta, & Leslie Kochanowski



Vol. 9, No. 1, 1992

Enabling Children to Map out a More Equitable Society (pp. 37-48)

Sharon E. Sutton


Vol. 11, No. 1, 1994

Children's Perceptions of Income-related Housing (pp. 26-35)

Ann Sloan Devlin

Vol. 12, No. 1, 1995

Parent–Child Visits in Jails (pp. 25-38)

Denise Johnston


Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006

Urban Los Angeles from Young People's Angle of Vision (pp. 340-351)

Shirl Buss


Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006

Resegregation in U.S. Public Schools or White Decline? A Closer Look at Trends in the 1990s (pp. 49-68)

John Logan, Deirdre Oakley and Jacob Stowell


Vol. 17, No. 2, 2007

Youth Activists in the Age of Postmodern Globalization: Notes from an Ongoing Project (pp. 541-562)

Maria de los Angeles Torres

Making Space, Making Change: Models for Youth-Led Social Change Organizations (pp. 298-314)

Youth Speak Out Coalition and Kristen Zimmerman


Vol. 17, No. 4, 2007

Photography as a Tool for Understanding Youth Connections to Their Neighborhood (pp. 107-123)

Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin and Alan Davis


Vol. 19, No. 1, 2009

Teaching with Hidden Capital: Agency in Children's Computational Explorations of Cornrow Hairstyles (pp. 58-73)

Ron Eglash and Audrey Bennett


Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010

“I'm about to really bring it!” Access Points between Youth Activists and Adult Community Leaders (pp. 1-24)

Ben Kirshner and Kimberly Geil


Vol. 22, No. 1, 2012

The Role of Objective and Perceived School Building Quality in Student Academic Outcomes and Self-Perception (pp. 23-51)

Lorraine E. Maxwell and Suzanne L. Schechtman

Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013

Theorizing a Sense of Place in a Transnational Community (pp. 43-65)

Jennifer D. Adams


Vol. 25, No. 3, 2015

Engaging City Youth in Urban Agriculture: Examining a Farm-Based High School Internship Program through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory (pp. 22-39)

Elena T. Broaddus, Liana S. Przygocki and Peter J. Winch

Knowledge of Neighborhood Nature Is Associated with Strong Sense of Place among Milwaukee Youth (pp. 129-144)

Rachel D. Kroencke, Kelly A. Hoormann, Elizabeth F. Heller, Jessica M. Bizub, Corey J. Zetts and Kirsten M. M. Beyer


Vol. 27, No. 1, 2017

Changing Neighborhoods: An Oral History Workshop for the Brooklyn Young Adult Literacy Program (pp. 135-150)

Elke Weesjes


Vol. 28, No. 1, 2018

Neighborhood Cultural Heterogeneity and the College Aspirations of Low-Income Students of Color (pp. 9-29)

Constance Iloh


Vol. 29, No. 1, 2019

Framing Neighborhood Safety and Academic Success: Perspectives from High-Achieving Black Boys in Chicago (pp. 1-19)

Shantel D. Crosby, Desmond Patton, Dustin T. Duncan and Jocelyn R. Smith Lee


Vol. 30, No. 1, 2020

Attitudes and Perceptions of Environmental Change among Youth Living in Public Housing (pp. 83-100)

Jacqueline Tejada, Stephanie Nisle and Jeffrey M. Jenson

Youth Call BS on Politicians: Will They Influence Gun Control?

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) stated that life in a society where “every man is enemy to every man” and where individuals “live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them” limits their well-being consequentially with “no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”


The horrific loss of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another US school shooting in which youths’ lives were cut short by a semi-automatic rifle has spurred youth’s grief into activism.

The editors at Children, Youth, and Environments commend these youth as they call out politicians using their own moral authority based on emotions and losses intimate to the gun laws debate and other safety reforms.

As these youths appear on television programs, demonstrate at the capitol, and ask poignant, but too often unanswered questions to politicians, we applaud their voices as they advocate for safe environments and the societal norms they want, a society in which they are not living in continual fear of a violent death.


It is their future and the future of subsequent generations that they are advocating for as they call BS to excuses that have not protected them and may have, in fact, promoted brutish, violent tragedies incompatible with a society replete with commodities that promote men and women’s well-being. Historians will document whether or not these youth’s activism will make a difference. Current events, however, suggest that it is time to listen to the voices of the next generation.

CYE invites research and field reports related to youth’s efforts to advocate for safe and enriching environments. CYE has published articles in the past related to these topics. Examples are listed below and in the Discussion page.

The Columbine School: A Principal Reflects on the Influence of School


Columbine Elementary School

This paper, written by the principal of a Colorado elementary school, explores the interplay between various educational and environmental factors associated with the school’s design. The design was originally intended to create support for a bond issue that would allow the school to be built, to promote an exciting “tree house” feeling in each classroom, and to encourage a feeling of integration with the surrounding environment. In the five years since the school was built, the design has exerted a continuing influence on educational programs, activities and events. This paper presents examples of some of the recent issues which demonstrate the persistent and often prevailing influence of design on school climate and function.

Keywords: children, school design

CYE Moves to UC: Past, Present, and Future
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