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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 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 Names New Vice President for Knowledge Support — July 15, 2013
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 (PND), 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:


 
Tony Cipollone Named President and Chief Executive Officer of The John T. Gorman Foundation – June 13, 2011
Tony Cipollone, vice president of Civic Sites and Initiatives for the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been named the first president and chief executive officer of the John T. Gorman Foundation, with offices in Portland, Maine. 

2011 Baltimore Direct Service Grant Winners Announced – June 13, 2011 
Sixteen local nonprofit organizations have been awarded grants under the Casey Foundation’s 2011 Baltimore Direct Service Grant Program. This year, applicant organizations that reached out to particularly vulnerable children, such as those in foster care, with special needs, or who are academically at risk, were given priority consideration by the selection committee. Since 1995, the program has contributed over $10 million in support of a wide range of activities across the City.
 
Maurice M. Agresta Named to Board of Trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation – June 8, 2011
Maurice Agresta, retired executive from UPS, has been named a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the largest private charitable organization in the country that focuses exclusively on improving the lives of vulnerable children and families. The announcement was made by Michael L. Eskew, chairman of the board of trustees of the Casey Foundation, and the retired chairman and chief executive officer of UPS.

New Foster Care Data Show Progress in Placing Kids with Families Systems Urged to Focus on Reducing Group Care During National Foster Care Month – May 26, 2011
A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on Foster Care Placement: Moving in the Right Direction, More Kids in Families (link here), highlights newly available data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center marking the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families and decrease the rates of those placed in institutions or group homes. The data also show that the type of foster care placement varies depending on the age of the child as well as the state of residence.

Applicants Sought for 2011 Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program – April 15, 2011
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. The Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Direct Services Grants program began in 1995 and since then has contributed over $10 million in support of a wide range of innovative ideas and practices conducted by groups that represent many areas of the city. Baltimore nonprofit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status are eligible to apply for grant awards up to $20,000, with priority consideration given to organizations that reach out to the most vulnerable children, such as those in foster care, with special needs, or who are academically at risk. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2011.

Annie E. Casey Foundation-Commissioned Report Shows That Students Who Don’t Read Well in Third Grade More Likely to Not Finish High School – April 8, 2011
A new report, Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation, released today finds that students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. The report is a longitudinal study by Donald J. Hernandez, sociology professor at Hunter College that studied nearly 4,000 students and their parents and is notable in breaking down for the first time the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

Lisa M. Hamilton Named Vice President, Executive Fellow – Jan 19, 2011
Lisa M. Hamilton has been appointed a vice president to lead the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s public affairs, strategic communications, and policy reform and advocacy work, as well as to assist in neighborhood development work in Atlanta communities. Hamilton, who will join the Casey Foundation on March 7, 2011, has been the vice president of the UPS Corporate Public Relations Group in Atlanta since February 2009.

New Report Spotlights Effectiveness of the Missouri Model That Encourages End to Juvenile Training Schools
– October 4, 2010
The Missouri Model: Reinventing the Practice of Rehabilitating Youthful Offenders report and its executive summary  were released at the October 2010 Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative inter-site conference. The report points to the effectiveness of the Missouri Model that has been proven to improve public safety, make facilities safer, and improve outcomes for youth, without additional costs to taxpayers.

Country’s Largest Juvenile Justice Conference Kicks Off – October 4, 2010
Hundreds will attend the Kansas City, Mo. Inter-site Conference on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) to share information on replicating the JDAI model, without sacrificing public safety, and showcasing the success of Missouri’s sites, among other topics.
  
New Child Poverty Rates Available for States, Cities and Congressional Districts on the Kids Count Data Center – Sept. 29, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center has been updated to include poverty data from the 2009 American Community Survey that was released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Data Center for the first time breaks down child poverty rates by congressional district, highlighting those with the highest and lowest percent of children living below the poverty line. KIDS COUNT analysis of the ACS data shows a wide variation in child poverty rates across congressional districts nationwide, from a high of 49 percent in New York’s Congressional District 16 to a low of 3 percent in New Jersey’s Congressional District 11 and Pennsylvania’s Congressional District 8.

"Upside Down" Report Calls for Equitable Tax Subsidies  – Sept. 22, 2010
A new publication, Upside Down: America's $400 Billion Federal Asset-Building Budget, produced by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released this week, calling for Congress to start trimming tax subsidies that benefit the most wealthy citizens in our country. The report calls for a more equitable approach to help the many low- and middle-income families struggling to get by. CFED is a national nonprofit that advocates for expanding economic opportunity and has been working closely with Casey's Center for Economic Success on this issue.

2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released – July 27, 2010
Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its 21st annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, profiling the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranking states on 10 measures of well-being. In addition, the KIDS COUNT Data Center is a one-stop source for child well-being data and is regularly updated with information at the national, state, county, city, and school-district level. The news release is available in English and Spanish. For more information on well-being trends, see the national fact sheet in English and Spanish.

2010 Baltimore Direct Service Grants Awardees Named – July 1, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its 2010 Baltimore Direct Service Grant program recipients: 13 local organizations providing summer activities for Baltimore City youth. The grants will support a range of programs, including a sports/math camp, operated entirely by youth; a program that allows students who have a history of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Services to focus on literacy development; and a residential summer camp that instills habits for a healthy lifestyle for junior high school youth.

Brenda Donald Named Vice President of the Center for Effective Family Services and Systems at the Annie E. Casey Foundation – June 25, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has named Brenda Donald to serve as vice president for its Center for Effective Family Services and Systems. Donald was previously the Secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley in February 2007. In her new position as a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, Donald will be leading the Center’s work of improving outcomes for children living in the country’s most fragile families. The focus of the Center is to promote improvements in public systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice, develop effective practices that strengthen families, and bring evidence-based interventions to large scale.

Jim Winestock Named to Board of Trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation – May 27, 2010
Jim Winestock, retired senior vice president of operations for UPS, was unanimously elected to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees last week. Winestock began his career with UPS in 1969 and served the company in various functions including operations, finance/accounting, and industrial engineering.

2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report Released – May 18, 2010
On May, 18, 2010, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its KIDS COUNT Special Report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters. The Special Report focuses attention on the critical importance of achieving grade-level reading proficiency for all children by the end of third grade. The Special Report was launched at a press conference and panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with support from representatives from America’s Promise Alliance, United Way Worldwide, and Mission: Readiness, along with the Casey Foundation.

Applicants Sought for 2010 Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program – May 7, 2010
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. The Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Direct Services Grants program began in 1995 and since then has contributed over $10 million in support of a wide range of innovative ideas and practices conducted by groups that represent many areas of the city. Baltimore nonprofit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status are eligible to apply for grant awards up to $20,000 to support academic enhancement, cultural enrichment, and/or recreation activities for youth.
 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Announces 2010-11 Children and Family Fellowship Class – May 3, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its 2010-11 Children and Family Fellowship Class. The 18 men and women selected for the program are accomplished child welfare administrators, nonprofit leaders, and community development professionals from across the country, committed to helping low-income families succeed as parents, community members, and productive participants in the workforce and economy. The program was established in 1993 and has had previous seven classes with a total of 75 participants who are part of the Casey Fellows Alumni Network.

Patrick McCarthy Interviewed by Dunbar Elementary School Student in Atlanta April 1, 2010
Patrick McCarthy, who will become the Casey Foundation’s president/CEO on April 4, was interviewed on March 25 by fifth grader Angel Evans. Angel’s video interview was one of several events associated with the grand opening of the Early Learning and Literacy Resource Center housed at the Dunbar Elementary School in the Mechanicsville neighborhood of Atlanta. The new Literacy Resource Center serves children between the ages of six weeks and 10 years of age and offers child care services, resources for parents, and a strong education curriculum. The Center is the first public-private partnership of its kind in metro Atlanta and was funded by the Casey Foundation, as well as other partners that include the Atlanta Public Schools, the Whitehead Foundation, and the Georgia Department of Human Services, among others.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland Public Television Present New Financial Literacy Documentary  – March 31, 2010
Pursuit of the Dream: Building Credit for Life, an hour-long documentary, will air on Maryland Public Television (MPT) at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 1, as part of National Financial Literacy Month. The program was produced by the Casey Foundation, along with N.A.K. Production Associates, and focuses on the importance of credit scores and offers financial literacy help to families. During the program, viewers are encouraged to call a toll-free hotline to have their questions on financial issues answered by counselors and to receive referrals to financial education resources.

Douglas W. Nelson Participates in Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast Series Mar. 11, 2010
Doug Nelson, president/CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation was interviewed by the Community Affairs division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as part of its new Economic Development podcast series. The podcast appears on the Bank’s Web site and provides the Casey Foundation’s perspective on the importance of using data to develop public policy recommendations and the relationship between the work of foundations in the U.S. and economic development. You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Pledges Additional $25 Million for Socially Responsible Investment Practices  – Mar. 3, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today an additional $25 million allocation for social investments – a set of strategies that would use endowment dollars to generate financial returns as well as social returns that advance the Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. 

Patrick T. McCarthy Named President/CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation – Feb. 19, 2010
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of Patrick T. McCarthy as Casey’s next president and chief executive officer. Currently the senior vice president at the Foundation, Patrick will step into his new leadership role on April 4, 2010. Please see the news release for more details.

New Study Declares Young Children Most Often Missed in Census -- Dec. 15, 2009
A new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census,” examines trends from the Census Bureau’s Demographic Analysis that shows that more than 1 million young children under age 10 were missed in the 2000 Census and over three-quarters of a million children under age five were missed, or nearly 4 percent of this population group. Reasons for the massive undercount range from challenges in data collection to the growing complexity of defining and capturing the nation’s families. Census counts are used, in whole or in part, for more than 140 programs that distribute more than $400 billion to states and localities.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Hosts Discussion on Equality and Performance of New Play "Anne & Emmet" -- October 15, 2009
The Casey Foundation’s internal affinity group RESPECT will host the Baltimore premiere of Janet Langhart Cohen’s play “Anne & Emmett” on October 20, 2009, followed by an audience discussion. The one-act performance is an imaginary conversation between Holocaust victim Anne Frank and Emmett Till, a black youth whose murder sparked the American Civil Rights Movement. 

Foundation Leaders to States: Youth in Foster Care Can’t Wait -- October 7, 2009
October 7 is the one-year anniversary of the Fostering Connections Act, the most comprehensive federal reforms to child welfare policy in over a decade. To mark this important date, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has joined a coalition of child welfare leaders to create a Fostering Connections Resource Center to provide nonpartisan information to states as they implement the Act.

Audio Press Conference to Mark 1st Anniversary of Fostering Connections Act -- October 5, 2009
On Wednesday, October 7th, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative will join a coalition of child welfare, adoption, healthcare and education leaders to announce a nationwide effort to fully implement the Fostering Connections Act, the most comprehensive federal reform to child welfare policy in over a decade. 

New State- and City-Level Child Poverty Rates and Rankings Available on KIDS COUNT Website -- September 29, 2009
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center has been updated to include poverty data from the 2008 American Community Survey that was released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The KIDS COUNT analysis of the data shows that there continues to be wide variation in child poverty rates across the states.

Doug Nelson to Retire in 2010 as President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation -- September 16, 2009
Douglas W. Nelson, president and chief executive officer of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, will step down in April 2010 after two decades as head of the leading American philanthropy serving the nation’s disadvantaged children and their families. 

Wraparound Milwaukee Wins Annie E. Casey Innovations Award -- September 14, 2009
Wraparound Milwaukee of Milwaukee has been named the 2009 recipient of the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. Harvard University's Ash Institute and the Casey Foundation recognized the program's work serving emotionally disturbed youth and its role as the first government-operated managed care service that delivers this type of treatment in a home care setting. The Innovations in American Government Award Program has been administered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1986 and is an annual competition that recognizes how government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens.

KIDS COUNT Data Book, New KIDS COUNT Data Center Launched -- July 28, 2009
On July 28, 2009, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, profiling the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranking states on 10 measures of well-being. Casey also calls for a “data revolution” that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children. Press release also available in Spanish.

No Place Like Home: Keeping the American Dream Alive" New Radio Program Launches -- June 25, 2009
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is partnering with PRI’s "The Tavis Smiley Radio Show" to present a new series of radio programs that examine the importance of home ownership for communities of color. "No Place Like Home" debuts Friday, June 26 and will profile families that have struggled to maintain their properties through difficult economic times and looks at the impact of the home mortgage crisis.

Three Finalists for Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform Named -- May 18, 2009
Three children and family service initiatives will vie for the Casey Foundation-funded $100,000 award toward the replication and dissemination of their program’s services to jurisdictions nationwide. One of the three finalists – Child Welfare Reform of Maine; Neighborhood Place of Louisville, Kentucky.; and Wraparound Milwaukee of Milwaukee County – will receive the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in September 2009 in Washington, D.C.

Doug Nelson Interviewed on National Public Radio about Casey’s Work in Atlanta -- May 11, 2009 
Doug Nelson, president & CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, recently attended the Council on Foundation’s annual meeting in Atlanta and had the opportunity to speak to reporter Steve Goss of WABE-FM. Doug gave a progress report on Casey’s responsible redevelopment work in five at-risk communities south of downtown Atlanta. Our work in Atlanta highlights Casey’s commitment to partner with residents in education, employment, and capital improvements and revitalize one of our Civic Sites.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Asks Kids, Families to Assess First 100 days of Obama Administration -- April 29, 2009
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is announcing the launch of the 100Days/100Voices campaign to hear from youth, parents, advocates and policymakers to assess what has been done to support kids and families during the first 100 days of the Obama Administration. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Marks First 100 Days of New Administration, Calls for Policies that Help Vulnerable Kids, Families, and Communities: Poverty Reduction, Child Welfare Reform Among Foundation's Policy Recommendations to New Administration -- April 29, 2009
As the first 100 days of the new administration come to a close, the Annie E. Casey Foundation commends national leaders for policy decisions that will positively impact the well-being of children, families, and communities.

Harvard Kennedy School Announces Semifinalists for Innovations in Children and Family System Reform Award -- April 1, 2009
Six semifinalists from around the country will vie for the fourth Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. The annual award highlights successful innovation in public systems affecting children and families. In September 2009, one winner will receive a $100,000 grant that accompanies the award. The Innovations in American Government Award Program has been administered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1986 and is an annual competition that recognizes how government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens.

New Economic Security Study Finds Opportunity Gaps for Canada, U.S., Mexico Children – October 18, 2008
Globalization has contributed to rising incomes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico but has not improved economic security for many vulnerable children across the three countries, according to Growing Up in North America: The Economic Well-Being of Children in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Despite rising national income, many poor families in the United States slipped deeper into poverty. The study completes a series published by Casey as a partner in the Children in North America Project, a project that highlights the well-being of children and youth in all three countries. Previous reports have explored health and safety issues and the challenges facing children in an era of globalization. 

New State- and City-Level Child Poverty Rates and Rankings Available on KIDS COUNT Website – August 27, 2008
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center Online has been updated to include poverty data from the 2007 American Community Survey that was released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The KIDS COUNT analysis of the ACS data shows that there continues to be wide variation in child poverty rates across the states.

New Data Spotlights Gaps in Opportunity for Kids and Families of Color – July 24, 2008
The KIDS COUNT Data Center now includes comprehensive state-level data on kids and families in the largest racial and ethnic groups - African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and Non-Hispanic White. The data reveal that children of color continue to face disproportionately more obstacles than other children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Joins 10,000 Journalists at UNITY ’08 to Talk about Issues Facing Children, Families, and Communities of Color – July 18, 2008
The Annie E. Casey Foundation will host Telling the Full Story: Reducing Disparities, Improving Outcomes for Kids and Families of Color, at the UNITY: Journalists of Color 2008 Convention during a daylong institute. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the first-ever, comprehensive national and state data on child well-being broken down by race and will hear about the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare and juvenile detention systems; the barriers and solutions around moving vulnerable families from poverty to opportunity; closing the gap in disinvested communities; and understanding and using data to advocate for children and families of color. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Calls for New Federal Standard to Measure Poverty in America -- July 17, 2008
In testimony before a Congressional Subcommittee, President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson explained the reasons that today’s poverty measure does not reflect the needs of low-income families and urged Congress to adopt a new measure of poverty that will provide a more accurate statistical portrait of economically struggling Americans. The video is available on www.SpotlightonPoverty.org

KIDS COUNT Data Book Released 
 - June 12, 2008
On June 12, 2008, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Three New Members Named to Board of Trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 1, 2008
Three new members have been named trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the largest private charitable organization in the world that focuses exclusively on improving the lives of vulnerable children and families. Starting in May 2008, Sam Zamarripa, president of Zamarripa Capital Incorporated of Atlanta, a private equity and investment firm, joined the board of trustees. In August 2008, Diana M. Bontá, vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Southern California region, will also join the board. The last to join the board, Lisa M. Hamilton, president of the UPS Foundation, will attend her first meeting in October 2008.

Casey Foundation Presents Strategies for Family Economic Success - April 2008
During the April 23-26, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, the Annie E. Casey Foundation will present a special set of sessions focusing on strategies to assist low-income urban neighborhoods and households. Topics include a revisiting of the year 1968 in Baltimore and how the last 40 years have changed the city, responsible relocation of residents, and economic opportunities through urban redevelopment. 

Semifinalists for Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform Announced – April 15, 2008
Eight semifinalists from around the country will vie for the third Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. The annual Award highlights successful innovation in public systems affecting children and families. In September 2008, one winner will receive a $100,000 grant that accompanies the award. The Innovations in American Government Award Program has been administered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1986 and is an annual competition that recognizes how government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens.

New! KIDS COUNT Data Center - January 9, 2008
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT online database has a whole new look and feel. Now featuring child well-being measures for the 50 largest U.S. cities, this powerful tool contains more than 100 indicators, including the most recent data available on education, employment and income, poverty, health, and youth risk factors for the United States as a whole, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit the new KIDS COUNT Data Center to create your own maps, charts and graphs by topic or geographic area.

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