Supporting English Language Acquisition

Opportunities for Foundations to Strengthen the Social and Economic Well-Being of Immigrant Families

…Some 2.7 million children in America live in a household where no one aged 14 or older can speak ... Improved English skills can lead to increased earnings, greater school readiness for children

June 1, 2005

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Costly Credit: African Americans and Latinos in Debt

Borrowing to Make Ends Meet Briefing Paper #5

While there were income gains in the late 1990s, the average American’s credit card debt rose faster than ever before. This paper documents the dramatic rise in credit card debt and provides a snapshot of these trends by race between 1992 and 2001.

May 1, 2005

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Building Neighborhood Capacity for Strong Families and Safe Children

A Making Connections Peer Technical Assistance Match Between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky

child welfare, economic support and behavioral health services as part of its Making Connections effort ... How to help child welfare and other agencies shift their service delivery to the community level. ... Child Welfare Services Served as the Cornerstone for the Development of the Neighborhood Centers ... Involving residents and community leaders helps make child welfare and other social services more

May 1, 2005

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Casey Connects: Spring 2005

Pursuing Permanent Children for Families and Youth

…in foster care find loving, permanent families; and 2) reducing racial disparities throughout the child ... welfare system. A smaller story recognizes 6 movers and shakers in the child welfare field, including 4 ... How Casey is working to reduce racial disparities in child welfare. ... There is room for change at every step in the child welfare decision-making process

March 21, 2005

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Many Things We Need Can Wait: The Child Cannot

Baltimore's Five-Year Action Plan for Achieving School Readiness

…for achieving seven goals aimed at improving school readiness for the children of Baltimore, Maryland. ... How school readiness benefits children, families and communities. ... How prepared Baltimore

March 1, 2005

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Getting Ready

Findings From the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative

Children are more likely to succeed in school when their families are economically secure and have ... and language backgrounds of families and children ... Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills

February 3, 2005

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Prisoner Reentry: Helping Former Prisoners Return to Communities

A Guide to Key Ideas, Effective Approaches, and TA Resources for When Prisoners Return to the Community

…and supports available for families and children of the incarcerated to help address loss of income, emotional ... How incarceration affects the families and children. ... The Kid Connection ... At least two million kids in the United States had a parent in prison or jail in 2000. 

January 10, 2005

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Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

A Guide to Key Ideas, Effective Approaches, and Technical Assistance Resources for Making Connections Cities and Site Teams

…strengthening strategies and reviews the research about father involvement in low-income children’s lives ... Child Support ... Child support is a challenging issue for low-income fathers. In some instances, low-income fathers ... may be unaware of how the child support system works or what happens when they do not pay. They may

January 7, 2005

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