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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This guide highlights a wide range of best practices – everything from big picture improvements to frontline fixes – that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of a particularly vulnerable population: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)  youth.                                                                                                                                            

It is the eleventh installment in a series devoted to the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). A multi-year, multi-site project, JDAI aims to reduce reliance on secure confinement while championing more efficient and effective detention alternatives.    

September 28, 2015

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Who Is Generation Z?

America’s Generation Z is still coming of age yet already breaking records, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

Published June 21, 2016

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Minnesota in Focus: The KIDS COUNT Chart-topper Talks Success

For the second year in a row, Minnesota topped the nation’s KIDS COUNT Index for overall child well-being. The state also captured top-10 spots — No. 1 in health; No. 3 in economic well-being; No. 6 in education and No. 4 in family and community.

Published June 21, 2016

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Engaging Parents as Key Partners in Closing the Vocabulary Gap

A growing body of research, as well as some promising new pilot programs, underscore the urgent need to close the vocabulary gap between children who are raised in poverty and those from middle-income families — a gap that can lead to enduring academic problems as children grow up.

Published June 20, 2016

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Look for the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book on June 21

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual KIDS COUNT Data Book will be released June 21, 2016. The report measures the well-being of children across the nation, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Published June 17, 2016

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Study: Foster Youth Fare Better When They Receive Care Until 21

Youth who remained in foster care until age 19 were more likely to have a place to live, were enrolled in school and had health insurance when compared to their peers who were no longer in state custody, according to recently released findings from researchers at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.

Published June 9, 2016

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Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.

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Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

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What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.

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Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.

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Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.

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First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8, 

Stories From the Field

Network Helps Communities Improve Third Grade Reading

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Today, more than 140 cities, counties and towns are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a community of places with comprehensive, locally owned plans to improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence and promote summer learning to put students on track for third grade reading success. One of these communities is Providence, Rhode Island.

It is really important to me that we are successful in educating our kids," says Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who was encouraged by a school teacher to pursue his dream to become a layer. "I see the children in our schools and they remind me of what a lifeline education was for me.