Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program
18 Nonprofits Receive Grants Supporting Summer Programs for Baltimore Youth
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded grants to 18 local nonprofits through its 2013 Baltimore Direct Services Grants (BDSG) program. The selected organizations will receive a combined $325,000 to provide summer activities and programs for hundreds of disadvantaged city youths.
The BDSG program began in 1995 and has supported a wide range of innovative ideas and practices for children and families throughout the city. The 2013 grants will give youth opportunities to get practical work experience, participate in academic and cultural enrichment and develop life and leadership skills. Many of the programs are geared toward particularly vulnerable children, such as those who are homeless or academically at risk.
“The programs selected this year abound with wonderful opportunities for city youth to continue learning during the summer and even discover new skills that will serve them well throughout their lives,” said Sophie Dagenais, director of the Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site. “We’re thrilled to support activities that help children and families thrive.”
Early Warning Confirmed in New Research
Reading Proficiency in Early Grades Key to Closing Achievement Gap
Updated research underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially those living in poverty or in impoverished communities, according to a new report, Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading
, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In 2010, the Foundation published Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, a report that laid out the research basis for focusing on reading proficiency by the end of third grade as an essential step toward increasing the number of children who succeed academically and do well in life and their career. That report also launched the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a network of national and local civic leaders, policymakers, advocates, community organizations and everyday people that focuses on community solutions, quality teaching and strong systems of early education. Since the launch, 124 communities have joined the campaign.
Early Warning Confirmed supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contributes to racial disparities in literacy skills in this country and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual’s future earning potential.
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A Look at Making Connections
Successes and Challenges in Community Development
Making Connections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature place-based community change initiative, ran from 1999 through 2010 and focused on firmly developing a family-strengthening framework. The effort led to a range of innovations in the community change field, as well as started and strengthened many local initiatives.
Making Connections’ positive outcomes are still influencing Casey and the broader field. In many notable cases, the programs and partnerships created during the initiative continue to thrive. Assessments of the initiative already have produced a variety of lessons on program development, implementation, evaluation
and other topics, with valuable implications for practitioners, public policymakers, funders and others involved in community development.
This report takes a step back and outlines key findings from the initiative that can provide guidance to those involved with community change efforts in the future. These principles can serve as guideposts at an exciting time in the community development field.
Read Community Change: Lessons Learned from Making Connections
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