Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

A KIDS COUNT Special Report on the Importance of Reading by 3rd Grade

Millions of American children get to fourth grade without achieving a 3rd grade reading level, and that puts them on the high school dropout track. Learn why the ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school.

January 1, 2010

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Improving Medicaid Managed Care for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs

A Quality Improvement Toolkit

This tool kit shares the experiences of nine Medicaid managed care organizations which collaborated over a two-year period to identify better ways to care for youth with serious behavioral health needs. Its pages tell of quality-improvement strategies, challenges, lessons learned and care innovations worthy of a closer look. 

September 1, 2009

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Understanding the State of Knowledge of Youth Engagement Financing and Sustainability

This report provides critical information on the costs, funding sources, financing strategies and sustainability of youth engagement programs. It outlines clear ways for funders get involved — including an urgent call to mobilize experts who can help these programs secure long-term, financial success. The end goal is simple: Give these programs the advantage that they need to continue empowering youth to shape their lives, strengthen their communities and build a brighter tomorrow.         

October 18, 2008

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Tools for Engaging Children in Their Court Proceedings

A Guide for Judges, Advocates and Child Welfare Professionals

This handbook — intended for judges, advocates and child welfare professionals — provides tips to engage children in their own out-of-home court proceedings. The guide recommends ways courts can prepare for, communicate with and understand behavior for kids ages 5 through 20.  

October 10, 2008

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Child and Youth Emergency Mental Health Care

A National Problem

What happens when kids visit hospital emergency rooms for behavioral health concerns? Spoiler alert: The results aren’t pretty. This report spells out exactly how America’s emergency departments are failing young behavioral health patients — and outlines a 10-part, policy-driven prescription for change.  

July 26, 2007

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Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

This report outlines 8 principles of engaging youth in social change. It begins with tips for designing a strong outreach strategy and ends with advice on creating opportunities for sustained access and influence. At each stop along the way, readers learn key ideas, real-world implementation details and reflection questions. The end goal is simple: Help organizations enable all youth — especially those least like to succeed without help — to drive powerful and positive community change. 

July 8, 2007

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