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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

February 25, 2015

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Sharp Declines in Youth Placements Continue in Ohio’s Lucas County

The Christian Science Monitor recently ran a feature story showing how juvenile justice leaders in Lucas County, Ohio (Toledo) – one of a handful of JDAI sites nationwide that is working with the Foundation  to expand JDAI’s focus to the deep end of the system – are increasingly steering court-involved youth away from correctional institutions and other residential placements.

Published February 26, 2015

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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

Published February 25, 2015

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Too Many Teens

This report discusses the hidden fact that too often teenagers are landing in the child welfare system because they simply aren’t getting along with their parents, not because they have been abused or neglected.

Published February 12, 2015

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Are Adult Decisions Doing Kids Harm in the Juvenile Justice System?

The Foundation has produced a brief video to highlight how adult decision makers in the juvenile justice system, looking to address and rehabilitate counterproductive actions in young people, ironically make decisions that instead damage young lives and open the door to youth becoming a greater threat to public safety.

Published February 9, 2015

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Employers Are Target of New Campaign to Add Young People to Workforce

Nearly 6 million young adults are out of school and seeking work. Forty percent of employers say a lack of skills among workers is the main reason for job vacancies, and two-thirds report difficulty filling open positions. A new Ad Council campaign encourages employers to take a different approach to hiring to help bridge that gap.

Published February 5, 2015

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What We Know

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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.