Children’s sleep is an integral part of development. Untreated sleep disorders can often have multiple negative impacts on children’s development, health, and long-term wellbeing. Sleep is also an important component of the family dynamic and overall household health. Pediatric Sleep Medicine specialists rely heavily on adult sleep research data to help aid policy development in treating children. Children however have unique needs regarding their sleep and many sleep disorders that are overlooked in childhood.

For a special issue of the Journal for Applied Research on Children,  CHILDREN AT RISK seeks papers that focus on the implications of sleep health in children from birth to early adulthood. Both clinical, translational, and population-based research in pediatric sleep medicine is needed to help primary care providers and pediatric specialists to understand the unique sleep needs and
disorders found in children.

Published by CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Medical Center Library and edited by the
CHILDREN AT RISK Institute, the Journal of Applied Research on Children (JARC) serves to inform policy affecting children by providing applicable research to the public, child advocates, and policymakers on timely children’s issues. Providing practical case studies and research on the transformative potential of policy change, JARC issues provide a powerful link between data and policy solutions to strengthen the arguments of child advocates across the country.

JARC is available online in an open-access format and is indexed in CINAHL and SocINDEX, making it available to child advocates, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across America. Since its launch, journal articles have been downloaded over 165,000 times worldwide. The submission and rigorous double-blind peer review process are completed entirely online. Authors are encouraged to take advantage of the journal’s online format by including videos, interactive charts, or links to online resources.

 Interested authors are encouraged to submit an abstract or letter of interest to the managing editor at by November 19, 2021. If the abstract is approved, full manuscripts will be due, February 28, 2022. To view past issues of the journal or to submit a manuscript, please visit

As a leader in research on the needs of children and families in Texas, Children at Risk is committed to using data and peer-reviewed research to drive change for children. Visit our Research Page to see past issues and research efforts.