Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (Radio Webcasts)
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network produces monthly radio webcasts on different issues pertaining to high school dropout. These webcasts are downloadable on the organization's website. Examples of recent topics include...
Solving the Data Puzzle
This guide from Casey Family Programs explores how child welfare and education agencies can best work to improve data collection and information sharing, individually and together. It provides details on legal and policy considerations, with examples from jurisdictions around the country engaging in this important work.
The Search Institute partnered with Best Buy to establish this website for youth and parents to help young people find their “sparks.” Teens register with the site and receive help from their peers and national organizations in pursuing their unique interests, giving them the “spark” they need to follow through on their passions.
Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time Programs
This report provides up to date, evidence-based, practical quality standards for providing children with healthy food, beverages and physical activity in out-of-school time. This project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recommends healthy eating and physical activity standards that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 who are attending afterschool programs.
Starting an Afterschool Program
This online resource from the Afterschool Alliance provides a list of resources for how schools and youth leaders can go about starting their own afterschool programs. It includes links to start-up guides, sites outlining program development and curriculum building, opportunities for funding and sustainability, as well as ways to reach out to the local community as a whole.
Starting Smart & Finishing Strong
America's Promise's ReadyNation initiative has released this brief, which "makes the case" for why the business community should care about and invest in early childhood. This resource was developed in collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce.
State Children’s Cabinets and Councils: Getting Results for Children and Youth
This report from the Forum for Youth Investment delves into why states should have children's cabinets. It provides the rationale behind the Forum’s assertion that children’s cabinets and councils should be taken seriously, spells out how...
State Laws on Family Engagement in Education
A new publication from the National PTA provides key facts, background, analysis, noteworthy statutes, and policy recommendations for state PTAs and other family and child advocates for crafting successful school-family engagement legislation at the state level. The reference guide has two declared purposes. It provides information on family engagement provisions within state education laws, so that families can better advocate for their children's education on the school and district levels. It also guides policymaker and advocate development of legislative reform initiatives, as well as efforts to monitor implementation of laws already in place.
The State of City Leadership for Children and Families
National League of Cities first-ever report on “The State of City Leadership for Children and Families” highlights the broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership to promote child and family well-being. It identifies 32 of the nation’s most cutting-edge city strategies in areas ranging from early childhood success and education to community wellness and family financial stability.
The State of Learning Disabilities
This National Center for Learning Disabilities publication provides facts, trends, and indicators regarding learning disabilities (LD). It highlights the most common types of LD in the US categorized by age, sex, income level, and race.