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The Promise of Comprehensive Community Initiatives

January 24, 2018

Comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) are a potentially promising way to organize supports throughout a community and have attracted interest from philanthropy and public policymakers. Sometimes referred to as cradle-to-career initiatives or collective impact, CCIs are locally organized, multi-sector collaborations that build local capacity and coordinate resources towards a common, population-level goal. Many CCIs facilitate collaboration among health, education, business, and community-based organizations to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in the community.
Barriers to Wellness

November 29, 2016

This report provides new insights into the obstacles to wellness young people of color face in five cities and brings young people’s voices and views into the discussion about what affects their health and wellness.
Building Blocks for Learning

February 13, 2016

This paper began with a conversation about children. At Turnaround for Children, they wanted to understand how children acquire the skills and mindsets for learning. Which skills do we need to build in children for them to be successful in school? And if we know what they are, can they be taught? How does growing up with adversity impact the acquisition of these critical skills?     
Measuring Elementary School Students’ Social and Emotional Skills: Providing Educators with Tools to Measure and Monitor Social and Emotional Skills that Lead to Academic Success

December 17, 2015

In this report, Child Trends indicates that there are five key social and emotional skills that help students thrive in school and in life over time: self control, persistence, mastery orientation, academic self-efficacy and social competence. The report describes tools that educators/organizations could use to assess and monitor the extent to which they are improving low-income students’ social and emotional skills.
Don't Forget the Families

November 25, 2015

In the midst of growing national interest in strengthening children’s “soft” or social-emotional skills as critical for learning, work, and life, a new study from Search Institute highlights the power of family relationships as a critical, but often neglected, factor in the development of character strengths in children.
What is mindset and what does it mean for youth resilience?

November 25, 2015

There is wide agreement that resilience – the ability to respond positively to life’s challenges – is an important asset for positive youth development. However, there is much to learn about how to promote resilience in youth and how to help youth increase resilience. 
Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation

May 20, 2014

“Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a report by America’s Promise Alliance based on research conducted by its Center for Promise at Tufts University, was funded by Target. In the largest nationwide study of its kind to date, young adults who left high school without graduating spoke at length about their experiences and the reasons they did not complete high school on time. As the nation reaches the all-time high of an 80 percent on-time high school graduation rate, this report listens deeply to what the remaining 20 percent say is happening in their lives, and what they need to stay in school.
Maryland Child Care Choices Study: Maternal Depression among Applicants for Temporary Cash Assistance

April 15, 2014

This Research Brief examines the prevalence of depressive symptoms among mothers who recently applied for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) in Maryland. The analysis describes risk factors associated with experiencing depressive symptoms, and the associations between depressive symptoms and maternal stress about parenting.  
What Works for Bullying Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

April 15, 2014

This brief synthesizes findings from experimental evaluations of 17 bullying programs for children and/or youth to determine how frequently these programs work to improve the outcomes of physical and verbal bullying, social and relational bullying, bullying victimization, attitudes toward bullying, and being a bystander of bullying. Most of these programs served school-aged children; only two focused on children age five or younger.  
Child Trends 5: Five Things to Know about Kids who Bully

April 15, 2014

Nearly three in 10 middle and high school students are involved in bullying, either as perpetrators, bystanders, or victims of bullying, or some combination of those. Around 15 percent of youth between 10 and 17 bully others with some frequency, according to parental reports. This Child Trends 5 presents five things to understand about youth who bully.