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Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness Knowledge Document: The Gateway Story and the Journey to Systems Alignment

January 1, 2021

This Knowledge Document provides an overview and final evaluation report of the Children's Defense Fund Southern Regional Office's (CDF-SRO) Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness (GTKR) initiative. This initiative sought to build upon earlier successful CDF-SRO kindergarten readiness initiatives by increasing capacity for systems alignment between private child care, Head Start, and public schools while integrating and aligning health assessments and services. Over the course of the initiative the CDF-SRO served as a coordinator and convener to recruit a cohort of three-year-old students, screen those students using best-practice academic and health instruments, and administer developmentally appropriate interventions and refer students for health care when indicated based on screening results. Throughout the program, CDF-SRO leaders and GTKR staff updated the program design and work plan based onthe changing context and lessons learned from formative evaluation results. A late-stage impacting factor on the initiative was the onset of COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2020.

Protect Children Not Guns 2019

September 25, 2019

The Children's Defense Fund has documented the devastating toll of gun violence on children for more than two decades. This new installment of Protect Children, Not Guns reveals our gun violence epidemic is growing larger and more deadly. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,410 children and teens were killed with guns in 2017—the greatest number since 1998

The State of America's Children: 2014

January 22, 2014

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future. Nearly 60 percent of all our children and more than 80 percent of our Black and nearly 75 percent of our Latino children cannot read or compute at grade level in fourth and eighth grade and so many drop out of school before graduating. Seventy-five percent of young people ages 17-24 cannot get into the military because of poor literacy, health or prior incarceration.The greatest threat to America's economic, military and national security comes from no enemy without butfrom our failure, unique among high income nations, to invest adequately and fairly in the health, education and sound development of all of our young.

KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio

October 31, 2010

Calls for state- and county-level reforms to promote cost-saving measures, achieve better outcomes without endangering public safety, reduce racial disparities, and promote greater accountability. Highlights the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers About the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

January 31, 2009

Provides an overview of the law and practical advice for implementing improvements for children in or at risk of entering foster care, including assisting grandparents and other relatives, keeping siblings together, and coordinating health care.