This issue of Casey Connects summarizes findings from the 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book and essay. More specifically: It tells what we should do — and what select programs are already doing — to help improve the quality of family, friend and neighbor care across America. Smaller stories include a nod to Casey Family Services turning 30, a former foster care youth’s perspective on the importance of mentors, and a 5-item resource corner.
The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book essay moves an overlooked caregiver group into the spotlight
Findings & Stats
Low-income families often utilize outside family, friend and neighbor care, which Casey defines as residence-based care — both regulated and unregulated.
Casey shares 6 tips for enhancing the quality of family, friend and neighbor care. Tops on the list? Supporting better data, research and evaluation on home-based settings.
Programs around the country — including a grassroots support network in Iowa — are connecting home-based caregivers to key resources.
A Million More
In 2004, there were more than 13 million children living in poverty in 2004 — an increase of 1 million in 4 years, according to the 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
Statements & Quotations
Strengthening the quality of family, friend and neighbor care, particularly in America’s low-income communities, is a significant opportunity to improve school readiness for the millions of kids who need it most.
– Douglas W. NelsonPresident and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1990 – 2010
[Home-based care providers] often lack the resources and formal training of center-based providers and have few opportunities for interaction or educational and professional opportunities that could benefit the children they serve.
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