Nate Balis Named Director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group — April 9, 2014
Nate Balis has been named the director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group effective July 1, succeeding Bart Lubow, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Balis brings to this role more than 15 years of experience in juvenile justice, social policy, research, evaluation and system reform. Since 2007, Balis has been a senior associate at the Foundation focusing on juvenile justice reform.
New National, State Scorecard on Children’s Progress Shows Troubling Obstacles to Reaching Key Milestones — April 1, 2014
America’s future prosperity depends on our ability to prepare all children to achieve their full potential in life. Amid rapid demographic changes, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows we have much ground to cover to ensure that all kids – especially children of color – are positioned to thrive. The KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Joins White House Initiative to Support Young Men of Color — Feb. 27, 2014
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and nine other philanthropies are joining efforts with the White House to help America’s young men of color reach their full potential and give all young people the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life. In total, these national foundations have pledged to contribute a combined $7.5 million to coordinate the initiative.
Foundation Calls for Grant Proposals to Support Baltimore Children and Families — Feb. 24, 2014
The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks grant proposals from local direct service organizations sponsoring 2014 summer activities and programs for disadvantaged Baltimore City youth. The Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Direct Services Grants (BDSG) program will make individual grants of up to $20,000 to support summer youth activities and programs, with awards effective June 1, 2014.
Low Reading Scores Show Majority of U.S. Children Not Prepared for Future Success — Jan. 28, 2014
In a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.
Annie E. Casey Foundation Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform To Retire — Jan. 24, 2014
Bart Lubow, director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will retire June 30 after 22 years of leading the Foundation’s work to seek safer and more effective alternatives for young people who get into trouble with the law.
Can America’s Kids Succeed? Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds — Nov. 4, 2013
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up — but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.
When Child Welfare Works: A Proposal to Finance Best Practices — October 23, 2013 The Annie E. Casey Foundation Names New Vice President for Knowledge Support — July 15, 2013
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative will hold a policy briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss a new approach to reforming federal financing that would encourage states to improve their child welfare practice.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Joy Pérez as vice president for Knowledge Support. Pérez comes to Casey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in Princeton, N.J., where she built a strong record of achievement.
Child Poverty Still on the Rise, but Outlook for Children Better in Education and Health, KIDS COUNT Report Finds — June 24, 2013
As the nation’s economy recovers, America’s children are showing some signs of improvement despite an ever-growing poverty rate, according to new data in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Announces Winners of Grants to Help Baltimore Families and Children
— June 10, 2013
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.
Reading Proficiency in Early Grades Key to Closing Achievement Gap — June 6, 2013
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
Twentieth-Anniversary Fellowship Class Announced — May 2, 2013
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has selected 16 leaders from across the country as its 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows. These accomplished public systems administrators, nonprofit leaders and community development professionals who are committed to helping low-income families succeed will use the 20-month fellowship to work toward specific, measurable improvements for children and families.Georgia’s Progress Highlights National Conference Opening in Atlanta to Focus on Juvenile Justice Reform — April 16, 2013
A discussion on Georgia’s new efforts to safely reduce youth incarceration will highlight the annual Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Inter-Site conference that kicks off today in Atlanta.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Connects Government Agencies, Community Organizations with Proven Cost-Effective Programs — March 26, 2013
Schools, government agencies and community-based organizations have a new tool to help them identify and fund scientifically proven programs with a track record of promoting children’s health and development. Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
, a new interactive website being unveiled today, makes it easy to select cost-effective programs that help children reach their full potential.
Applications Sought for Grants to Help Baltimore Families and Children — March 14, 2013
Foundation to award grants of up to $20,000 to city direct service organizations to support summer youth activities and programs. The application deadline is noon on April 5, 2013.
Youth Incarceration Sees Dramatic Drop in the United States — February 27, 2013
America’s rate of locking up young people has dropped by more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Casey Foundation Unveils New Logo — January 15, 2013
After more than 20 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation today unveiled a new logo to better reflect the Foundation’s mission, work and vision. The logo replaces the original logo that was created in 1992.
Youth Unemployment Soars in Past Decade – December 15, 2012
Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century, according to a new KIDS COUNT® report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Many of these young people, ranging from ages 16 to 24, face numerous obstacles, according to the report, Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity
. This release also is available in Spanish.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Announces New Partnerships to Strengthen Local Communities – November 15, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation today announced that it is forming partnerships in three cities to improve the well-being of children and their families through community- and family-focused innovations. Over the next two years, the Casey Foundation will award up to $150,000 annually to partners in Buffalo, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio to support community development within low-income neighborhoods in their cities, while also helping them develop programs that serve children and their parents at the same time.
Data Show Child Poverty Surges in New American Community Survey – September 26, 2012
Between 2005 and 2011, there was an increase in the rate of children living in poverty in the United States. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, 44 experienced increases in child poverty rates, with the highest rates seen in Detroit, Cleveland, Miami, Milwaukee and Memphis. During this time period, the national percentage of children living in poverty rose from 19 to 23 percent, or an increase of about 3 million children.
New Report Shows Progress in Child Education and Health Despite Economic Declines – July 25, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book
shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline.Foundation Announces Plans for a New Human Services Frontline Practice Improvement Strategy – June 26, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today that it will discontinue providing direct services through Casey Family Services in order to shift to a grantmaking strategy that will help hundreds of foster care and other nonprofit human services agencies adopt innovative, proven approaches to improve child welfare practices. By redeploying these resources to invest in improving the practice of a diverse set of nonprofit providers instead of its own agency, the Foundation will have the potential to impact thousands of children and families, far beyond those currently served, and help to advance stronger practices across the field in general.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Announces 2012 Direct Service Grant Winners – May 31, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded grants to 21 local nonprofits through the Foundation’s 2012 Baltimore Direct Service Grant (BDSG) program. The selected organizations will receive a total of $300,000 to provide summer activities for close to 1,100 disadvantaged Baltimore City youths. The Casey Foundation’s BDSG program began in 1995 and has contributed more than $10 million to support a wide range of innovative ideas and practices for children and families across the city.
More Children Raised by Relatives and Family Friends, Report Finds – May 23, 2012
More than 2.7 million children in America are raised by grandparents or other relatives at some time in their lives. This longtime practice has become more prevalent in the last decade, which has seen an 18 percent increase in children living with relatives or close family friends because their parents can no longer care for them, according to a new KIDS COUNT® report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In fact, an estimated 9 percent of youths will live with extended family for at least three consecutive months at some point before age 18.
More Children on Path to Success at Dunbar Learning Complex, Report Finds – May 4, 2012
Children at the Dunbar Learning Complex have shown significant gains in reading proficiency and early childhood development, and more are starting school prepared to learn, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report, Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency: The First Two Years of Atlanta’s Dunbar Learning Complex
, describes the strides the Foundation and community partners have made in one of the city’s most vulnerable communities.Arnold Wellman Named to Board of Trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation – April 6, 2012
Arnold Wellman, retired president of Global Public Affairs for UPS, was unanimously elected to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees at the March 2012 board meeting. Wellman was employed by UPS for 38 years, beginning his career in UPS operations. At the time of his retirement he was responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities among the over 220 countries and territories served by UPS.
Applicants Sought for 2012 Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program – March 2, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls for grant proposals from local direct service organizations that will be sponsoring summer activities and programs for disadvantaged Baltimore City youth. Baltimore nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply for grant awards up to $20,000. Priority consideration will be given to organizations that serve Baltimore’s most vulnerable children, such as those who are homeless or academically at risk, with strategies to promote attendance and reading success. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2012.
Children Living in High-Poverty Communities Surged 25 Percent Over Last Decade – Feb. 23, 2012
Nearly 8 million of America’s children live in high-poverty areas—about 1.6 million more since 2000—according to a new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that about 7.9 million, or 11 percent, of the nation’s children are growing up in areas where at least 30 percent of residents live below the federal poverty level.
Casey Partners with First Focus to Create State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center for Child Welfare – Jan. 4, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation today announced the formation of a nonpartisan center to enhance the existing network of state child welfare policy advocates working to achieve comprehensive reforms for children and families involved in child welfare systems. The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) will engage, build, and support a network of reform-minded child welfare stakeholders.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Appoints Ryan Chao Vice President, Civic Sites and Community Change – Nov. 30, 2011
The Annie E. Casey Foundation today announced the appointment of Ryan Chao, the current executive director of Berkeley, Calif.-based Satellite Housing, as vice president of Civic Sites and Community Change, a position that will oversee the Foundation’s community change investments including its most significant community transformation initiatives in Baltimore and Atlanta.
Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy’s “Flip Chat” Interview with Philanthropy News Digest – Nov. 18, 2011
In an interview with the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest
), Casey president and CEO Patrick McCarthy talked about some of the statistics on child poverty from the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book
; the Foundation’s focus on reducing poverty, creating lifelong families and building strong communities; and even the Occupy Wall Street movement. PND
’s chat series spotlights thought leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds. Check out the interview on PND’s blog, PhilanTopic
Reliance on Juvenile Incarceration is Not Paying off for States, Taxpayers or Kids, Report Finds – Oct. 4, 2011
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's new report, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration
assembles a vast array of evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy Interviewed on FOX News – Sept. 26, 2011
On Monday, Sept. 26, FOX News interviewed Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy on the rise in child poverty among children across the nation. Watch the McCarthy interview on video
.New Data from American Community Survey Shows 41 out of 50 Largest U.S. Cities Had Increases in Rates of Children in Low-Income Families – Sept. 22, 2011
According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the national percentage of low-income children rose from 39 percent in 2007 to 44 percent in 2010, based on the new ACS data released today. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center
has been updated to include economic data from the 2010 ACS. The data also finds that Detroit and Cleveland are the two cities from the 50 largest U.S. cities that have the highest rates of children living in low-income families in 2010; Seattle and Virginia Beach are the two cities with the lowest rates of children living in low-income families in 2010.Recession Increases Number of Children Living in Low-Income Families by 7% to 31 Million: 7.8 Million Children Lived With at Least One Unemployed Parent in 2010 – Aug. 17, 2011
According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book
, over the last decade there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for low income children and families. The official child poverty rate, which is a conservative measure of economic hardship, increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, essentially returning to the same level as the early 1990s. This increase means that 2.4 million more children are living below the federal poverty line. Data also reveals the impact of the job and foreclosure crisis on children. In 2010, 11 percent of children had at least one unemployed parent and 4 percent have been affected by foreclosure since 2007.
Laura Speer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation in "The Early Show" Segment on U.S. Census Findings – June 24, 2011
Laura Speer, associate director, Policy, Research & Data, and KIDS COUNT national coordinator at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is part of today’s “The Early Show” story on the sweeping change in the country’s race composition, with more than half of the children under age 2 being minorities . Laura comments that Americans will have to face the fact that racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury and that the 1950s “Ozzie and Harriet” stereotypical family has vanished. The interview can be seen here: