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New Data Demonstrate Poverty Trends, Outcomes of Early Childhood Education

New Data Demonstrate Poverty Trends, Outcomes of Early Childhood Education | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

A new report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, bolstered by new data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), looks at how children and families are doing today, amid the financial recovery.

Looking at demographic shifts and education indicators, many students will face significant challenges catching up to wealthier, more advantaged peers, including in language and literacy skills, all while dealing with potential hunger, unstable housing, and tumultuous home lives. These problems begin in children’s earliest years.


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One of the implications mentioned in the report - that children who were cared for by relatives at home demonstrate lower achievement scores than children who attended non-relative home-based care, center-based care, or a combination of multiple child care settings - really stands out as you consider that many CPS systems are increasing kinship care placements.

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The Reality of Minimum Wage Workers

The Reality of Minimum Wage Workers | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it
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Helpful snapshot of the breadth of workers who rely on minimum wage jobs for their livelihood.

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The State of Women in America

The State of Women in America | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Examines both the progress made and the challenges remaining for women across the country, reviewing three categories that are critical to women’s overall well-being: economics, leadership, and health.

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Be sure to check out the interactive tables to explore the data with state-by-state rankings, grades, and the factors that make them up.

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New Data Demonstrate Poverty Trends, Outcomes of Early Childhood Education

New Data Demonstrate Poverty Trends, Outcomes of Early Childhood Education | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

A new report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, bolstered by new data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), looks at how children and families are doing today, amid the financial recovery.

Looking at demographic shifts and education indicators, many students will face significant challenges catching up to wealthier, more advantaged peers, including in language and literacy skills, all while dealing with potential hunger, unstable housing, and tumultuous home lives. These problems begin in children’s earliest years.


Via Amanda Dahlquist
Families in Society's insight:

One of the implications mentioned in the report - that children who were cared for by relatives at home demonstrate lower achievement scores than children who attended non-relative home-based care, center-based care, or a combination of multiple child care settings - really stands out as you consider that many CPS systems are increasing kinship care placements.

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The Racial Wealth Gap in America (Video)

The Racial Wealth Gap in America (Video) | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Though the United States is one of the wealthiest countries, to many Americans this prosperity remains out of reach. Blacks and Hispanics, who are striving to make a better life for themselves and their families, are not given the same asset building opportunities.

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Even Alternative Schools Created to Promote Integration Are Racially Divided

Experts say that many magnet schools falter under the weight of socioeconomic conditions that put their Black and Hispanic students at educational disadvantages.

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New resources help older Americans and people with disabilities maintain their independence

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $12.5 million in awards to Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to support older Americans and people with disabilities stay independent and receive long-term services...

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Mary Jo Gehrking's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:27 PM

ADRCs are “one-stop shops” for older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers and families. Currently, all 50 states and four territories are operating or are in the process of implementing an ADRC.

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USDA Partners with the Department of Defense to Develop Guides Focused on Supporting Military Families

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Car loan program giving some families second chance

Car loan program giving some families second chance | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

"We are looking for hard-working individuals that cannot get a loan from a bank or a credit union and that need a way to work," said Deidre Johnson with Family Services of...

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Kaiser's Uninsured Quiz

Kaiser's Uninsured Quiz | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it
How much do you know about the uninsured and the consequences of not having coverage? Take our short, 10-question quiz.
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Young Adults Will Benefit Most from Tax Credits

Young Adults Will Benefit Most from Tax Credits | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

More good news came out last week from the Kaiser Family Foundation, too: The group put out briefs on programs being set up by every state to help people figure...

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Study Confirms Importance of Child Care Subsidies for Working Families

Study Confirms Importance of Child Care Subsidies for Working Families | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Child care assistance plays a valuable role in helping low-income families access higher quality child care than they could otherwise afford on their own. Research shows that subsidies increase the likelihood of stable employment and increased earnings. Given the large body of research indicating the link between household income and child well-being, increasing the economic security of low-income children is a worthy result on its own.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act, 20 Years Later

Like other employee benefits, employer-sponsored parental leave programs heighten inequality among American workers and fail to address the daunting problems confronting low-income single mothers and their children. This population is the most vulnerable and least served by the current mix of family-support policies.

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Twenty Years After the FMLA, Our Family Leave Policies Are Dragging Us Down

Twenty Years After the FMLA, Our Family Leave Policies Are Dragging Us Down | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

The rest of the developed world has left us in the dust since we enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993.

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Creating new pathways for engagement of older adults

Creating new pathways for engagement of older adults | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it
Community Experience Partnership is a partnership of community foundations working on the ground to demonstrate the unique contributions older adults can make in U.S. communities.

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This site is created by and for community foundations interested in civic engagement, with a specific focus on people over 60.

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CDC highlights benefits of ACA for women

CDC highlights benefits of ACA for women | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Moving in the right direction. For example,

 

* Women's health coverage must include pregnancy and newborn care.

* Many preventive services, such as mammograms, are provided at no cost.

* Details on many more benefits for women:  HHS.gov/HealthCare

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ACA makes it easier for women to access & pay for health care, helping them & their families stay healthier.

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America’s One-Child Policy

America’s One-Child Policy | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Millions of working-class families don’t have a choice—they simply can't afford another kid.

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How true: Hard-won incremental steps, such as FMLA, prompt the question "At a time when women have become the primary breadwinners in this country, why not just institute sensible policy that includes affordable child care and universal preschool—like most of the rest of the industrialized world enjoys?"

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Family-Friendly Benefits, But Few Kids

Family-Friendly Benefits, But Few Kids | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Germany is considered quite generous when it comes to helping women raise families. But some analysts say the way many of the benefits are set up hurts those with a career and a family.

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How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Same-Sex Couples

How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Same-Sex Couples | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

Socioeconomic inequality has put health insurance coverage, and therefore access to many health care services, out of reach for a significant number of LGBT families. Starting next year, however, the Affordable Care Act will ease the financial burden on many American families by opening up doors to health coverage and better health care.

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Military Families: A Closer Look

Military Families: A Closer Look | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

American poet Richard Watson Gilder once wrote, “Better than honour and glory, and history’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” This mantra especially rings true to the 429,995 soldiers on active duty and the 850,880 soldiers enlisted in the seven reserve components as of January 31, 2013.

 

May is Military Appreciation Month, and in honor of the contributions made by all servicemen and women, we present to you an overview of family life within the armed forces.

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No Rich Child Left Behind

No Rich Child Left Behind | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it
Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race.
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Schools Combine Navajo Traditions, Public Education

One Native American district's efforts to counteract a struggling school system and high poverty rates is to incorporate the Dine (Navajo) culture into student curriculum and teacher training. Dine philosophy teaches Ke’e — kinship and emotional well-being based on all levels of community relationships.

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Lessons Learned: Reflections on Four Decades of Fighting for Families

Lessons Learned: Reflections on Four Decades of Fighting for Families | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

The need for policies that can at least begin to ease the massive pressures on American families is indisputable. For example, what child care “system” we have—Head Start for the most at-risk young children and Child Care Development Fund vouchers for the working poor to purchase what care they can—is both grossly inadequate in the number of families it serves and also chaotic, haphazard, and starved of the funds that could guarantee young children an acceptable standard of care.

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When Working Harder Does Not Pay: Low-Income Working Families, Tax Liabilities, and Benefit Reductions

Some reforms to policies that affect the working poor create a barrier to workers who try to increase their families’ financial well-being through greater earnings. This analysis addresses three areas on the extent of implicit taxation and describes how low-wage workers experience this phenomenon: how benefit programs and the tax system together create high combined tax rates, the implications of this system for low-income families’ well-being, and suggestions for practice and reform.

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Immigration Shapes US Political Parties as Much as Demographics

Immigration Shapes US Political Parties as Much as Demographics | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

The debate in Congress over immigration reform has as much to do with the fate of America’s two main political parties as it does with the demographics of the United States.

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Unforgiving immigration policy ignores family unity

Unforgiving immigration policy ignores family unity | Children and Families Today | Scoop.it

In its recently released report, "Torn Apart: How U.S. Immigration Policy Fragments New Mexico Families," the New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights documents stories of families that have been forcibly separated by a U.S. immigration policy that ignores the importance of family unity and creates roadblocks for well-intentioned immigrants to legalize their status.

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