Program Quality

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

Amid growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens, and make wise choices. It concludes that rich experiences combining action and reflection help children develop a set of critical skills, attitudes, and behaviors. And it suggests that policies should aim ...

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Children’s Budget 2015

The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children’s initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).

Children’s Budget 2015 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth.

 

Children’s Budget 2015

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The Double-Edged Sword: Media Treatment of High-Profile Crimes and the Nation’s Mental Health Treatment Challenges

This use of violent incidents to bring up the lack of mental health services is a difficult conundrum for advocates because the fear it creates in the public about people with disabilities is largely unjustified and further unjustly isolating of people who may already be marginalized. It’s also not clear that these incidents lead to new programming or resources.

 

The Double-Edged Sword: Media Treatment of High-Profile Crimes and the Nation’s Mental Health Treatment Challenges

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Learning from Live Theater

Our goal in pursuing research on the effects of culturally enriching field trips is to broaden the types of measures
that education researchers, and in turn policymakers and practitioners, consider when judging the educational success or failure of schools. It requires significantly greater effort to collect new measures than to rely solely on state-provided math and reading tests, but we believe that this effort is worthwhile. By broadening the measures used to assess educational outcomes, we can also learn what ...

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Communities In Schools Makes an Impact

Communities In Schools (CIS) has released its 2015 National Impact Report demonstrating its effectiveness in helping nearly 1.5 million students in almost 2,400 schools break the cycle of poverty and reduce their risk of dropping out.

According to Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali the need for CIS to intervene in the lives of students is growing because… “the headwinds of poverty are blowing stronger than ever, holding more and more young people back from achieving in school and ...

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Kids on the Move

The focus of this America After 3PM special report, “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity,” is on the role that afterschool programs are playing to support the health and wellness of their students. More specifically, this report will cover parents’ expectations of afterschool programs to keep their child healthy and active, how satisfied parents are with the food and physical activity provided in their child’s afterschool program, and existing opportunities to improve afterschool programs’ ...

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National study of non-first-time students shows full-time enrollment may not be appropriate for all

The latest findings from the nation’s first effort to benchmark the persistence patterns of non-first-time (NFT) college students indicate that NFT students are more likely to complete an associate degree and less likely to drop out if they combine full-time and part-time enrollment. The findings could renew discussions about the efficacy of mandatory “15 credit per semester” policies at 2-year programs.

 

National study of non-first-time students shows full-time enrollment may not be appropriate for all

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Afterschool Alliance :: Afterschool: Key to Health and Wellness for Pre-teens and Teens 2010

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, is proud to present the third in a series of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues.  These issue briefs feature: the multiple benefits of afterschool for middle school youth; STEM; health and wellness for pre-teens and teens; and pathways to higher education and careers.  They examine just ...

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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia

Teaching without implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) is like leading kids without shoes on a trek across the Appalachians. Count on a short trip with lots of whining.

The goals of SEL, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “are to one, promote students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationships, ...

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