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2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being

June 14, 2023

The 34th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how the country's lack of affordable and accessible child care negatively affects children, families and U.S. businesses.This year's publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics, and shares the latest information of its kind available.

Parks After Dark Evaluation Brief, July 2023

July 31, 2023

In this infographic brief, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research provides information from their evaluation of the 2022 Parks After Dark (PAD) program in Los Angeles County. PAD is a Los Angeles County initiative led by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), in partnership with other County departments and community-based organizations. PAD is implemented in Los Angeles County areas with high levels of violence, obesity, and economic hardship. Thirty-four DPR parks hosted PAD between June and August 2022, after a two-year halt in programming because of the COVID-19 pandemic. PAD was offered three nights a week for eight weeks, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Serving Americans Well: Removing Bureaucracy to Help Americans Access Tax Credits

June 15, 2023

While tax credits can be incredibly effective at helping families afford basic needs and lifting working families out of poverty, the process of claiming them is difficult and confusing for many low- and middle-income families. Even among savvy tax filers, confusion is common. Additional barriers pervade the system for very low-income families, making it difficult for the people who need tax credits the most to get them. The IRS has made progress towards a simpler process, however much more needs to be done to ensure all Americans are served well by our tax filing system. While this issue has sadly become a political football, at root it is simply a matter of making our government work better for taxpayers. Simplifying eligibility for tax credits and removing extra bureaucracy in the process would immediately reduce childhood poverty and material hardship and translate to various long-term positive outcomes for families and society at large. Based on lessons learned from three years of work helping thousands of families in Illinois access their stimulus checks and Child Tax Credits, this paper translates the experiences of hard-working families into a series of policy recommendations from the Chicago team.

The Illusion of Parent Choice: Lessons Learned from BPC’s Parent Survey Series

May 10, 2023

In October 2019, BPC conducted its first national survey of parents in hopes of learning, "Do parents prefer child care closer to home or work?" We wanted to know how finding child care (the supply) impacts parents and their choices. Our first survey revealed parents prefer child care closer to home, but our survey raised more questions. Why do parents choose certain child care arrangements? What factors are most important to parents?As BPC set to investigate in early 2020, the pandemic shifted our focus to COVID-19's impact on child care, including closures, increased safety measures, and how remote work impacted the need for child care.

2020 Mom Community Action Toolkit

May 8, 2023

2020 Mom developed this toolkit to serve as a roadmap for coalitions working to improve the continuum of care for maternal mental health (MMH) disorders in their communities. 2020 Mom is committed to facilitating A.C.T.I.O.N. (Advancing Collaboration through Toolkits, Initiatives, and Online Networking) among community coalitions.This project is intended for existing maternal child health community coalitions or group leaders looking to improve screening and treatment rates for MMH disorders in their communities. We believe local leaders understand the unique needs in their regions and are best suited to address gaps in care, drive policy change, and build partnerships to improve maternal mental health.The Community Action Toolkit is a manual for creating an MMH community action plan by working through the 2020 Mom Action Cycle. This process includes: assessing the community's MMH services, analyzing findings, setting priorities, determining local interventions, and ultimately drafting an evidence-based MMH Action Plan.The toolkit includes templates for developing a membership invitation, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, project workplans, a strategy grid, SMART objectives, a logic model, and the action plan with built-in evaluation. The toolkit also provides a menu of interventions with guidance for selecting those that will address local issues within a realistic budget.

Maternal and Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings

May 1, 2023

A brochure about the IRC's work to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes across the humanitarian and fragile settings where we work.

Community-Based Maternal and Newborn Health Care

May 1, 2023

A brief about IRC's multi-pronged initiative to expand access to care by bring life-saving MNH services closer to women and newborns within their homes and communities.

Becoming an Ally: Partnering with Immigrant Families to Promote Student Success

April 25, 2023

This report challenges stakeholders in the American educational system to build effective and equitable family engagement practices for immigrant families. It provides recommendations for school leaders, educators, funders, and policymakers to support a high-quality education for every immigrant child.

Mapping Evidence-Based Home Visiting Provided by Tribal-Led Organizations

April 19, 2023

This Data in Action Brief maps evidence-based home visiting provided by tribal-led organizations in light of recent federal efforts to expand services to more American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) families. In 2022, Congress expanded the federal Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (Tribal MIECHV) Program to account for 6 percent of MIECHV funds, rather than the previous 3 percent set aside.Tribal nation leaders, urban Native leaders, and community members have long advocated for resources to offset the negative impacts of genocide, colonization, historical trauma, systemic racism, and broken treaties by the U.S. government. MIECHV identifies families in tribes and urban Native communities as a priority population, in part to recognize these systemic harms and to honor the cultural heritage and sovereignty of Native nations. In this brief, we consider the degree to which tribal communities have been able to access—and chosen to implement—evidence-based home visiting services.

In a Growing Share of U.S. Marriages, Husbands and Wives Earn About the Same

April 13, 2023

Pew Research Center conducted this study to better understand the role women and men play as economic providers in opposite-sex marriages and how this relates to the way spouses divide their time between paid work, leisure, caregiving and housework. We also looked at public attitudes about gender roles in marriages today to put the findings in a broader context.The analysis in this report is based on three separate data sources. The earnings data comes from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The findings on hours devoted to paid work, household responsibilities and leisure are based on data from the American Time Use Survey. The data on public attitudes was collected as part of a larger Center survey of 5,152 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 18-24, 2023. Everyone who took part in the latter is a member of Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel (ATP), an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random sampling of residential addresses. This way nearly all U.S. adults have a chance of selection. The survey is weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population by gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education and other categories.

Philanthropy in Complex, Multi-Generational Families: Balancing Individual Preference with Collective Purpose

April 12, 2023

Researchers from Lansberg Gersick Advisors hypothesized that families' abilities to work together effectively in their philanthropy is dependent not only on the way they design their collective family foundation, but also in how they structure the philanthropic activities outside of it. From 2018-2022, they conducted surveys and interviews and found that as families evolve, they face common dilemmas regarding their philanthropy—most critically, the choices they make about balancing the individual philanthropic priorities of their members with a collective family philanthropic endeavor.Learn about the range of philanthropic vehicles, strategies, and practices that multi-generational families are leveraging to meet both individual and collective aspirations of their expanding family and lessons learned on successful approaches for those with hopes of generational continuity.

Promoting Meaningful Partnerships with Lived Experience Experts in High Quality Research: Considerations for Funders

March 30, 2023

For the past several years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and the William T. Grant Foundation have funded and worked in close partnership with more than 50 individuals representing a broad array of experts, stakeholders, and people with lived experience to develop a 21st Century Research Agenda for a Child and Family Well-Being System, which comprises the most pressing research gaps that span each aspect of child welfare system involvement, including: community-based family support and maltreatment prevention, child protective services involvement and prevention of family separation, and out-of-home care and post-permanency services. Partnering organizations include Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW), the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), Child Trends Hispanic Institute, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Social Current, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).As part of this effort, a team of six lived experience experts (i.e., individuals with lived experience with the child welfare system—including two young adults with foster care histories, two birth parents, a grandparent/kinship caregiver, and a foster caregiver) have been equal partners in project leadership, serving in various roles related to project development and dissemination, and serving as full voting members of the project's Steering Committee. This type of sustained collaboration is essential for forward movement.Given the unprecedented nature and scale of this partnership, we commissioned a brief describing the partnership process and outlining guidance for funders in supporting meaningful partnerships between researchers and lived experience stakeholders.