On the Ground in Arkansas

Child Welfare Strategy Group

Practice and policy experts work with public systems to improve outcomes for children involved with child welfare systems.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is a site-based effort to reduce the use of detention — the holding of youth before adjudication — and increase more effective interventions.


A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

Center for Working Families

An effective strategy to assist low-income individuals and families with reaching financial stability and moving up the economic ladder.

Lessons From Arkansas

Center for Working Families at Community Colleges

Clearing the Financial Barriers to Student Success, Case Studies


These case studies show how the Center for Working Families helped low-income students in 5 Community College programs complete their degrees.

January 5, 2012

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The Eye of the Storm

Ten Years on the Front Lines of New Futures


This report candidly recalls Casey’s first attempt at system reform efforts at the community level. Through reflections from two of the leaders, the truth about this failed attempt becomes apparent along with the lessons that carried forward in Casey’s future community change work. 

January 1, 1999

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Sending Parents Back to Class — and Down a Brighter Career Path

Blog Post

Since 2006, Arkansas has used funds from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to send eligible parents to 25 community and technical colleges across the state. A new evaluation of the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative shows it benefits parents and the state as a whole, enabling more families to move out of poverty.

May 14, 2016

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