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Collective Impact for Policymakers: Working Together for Children and Youth

Government policies must change in order to help partnerships improve the lives of young people through the power of collective impact.

That’s the message of a new report that examines how federal, state and local policies impede collaboration in the child and youth field – and how they can enhance collaboration instead.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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A new report by the Forum for Youth Investment.

National League of Cities Education Alignment for Young Children Case Studies

Yet the benefits of a high-quality early education can dissipate if these programs are not designed to meet criteria or standards for school readiness within the public schools or if the child transitions into an elementary school that does not adequately support their development.” This report covers five case studies who are working to create a seamless educational pipeline for the 0-8 age group.

Monday, April 2, 2012
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According to the introduction of this report, “Early childhood investments are the starting place for a high-quality, aligned system of pre-K-16 education, providing the necessary skills to allow all children to succeed throughout their schooling.
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New York State Office of Children and Family Services Effective and Promising Practices

Once communities have determined their desired outcomes, this website offers information regarding federal agencies or nationally recognized organizations that use different levels of criteria for identifying effective programs. This website may assist in identifying effective programs that may best match your needs.

Friday, January 4, 2008
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This website is a one-stop resource on interventions that are considered to be effective and promising.

Community Data Inventory Worksheet and Example

The worksheet was developed based on work with the Southeast Challenge Cities, as they identified the need to align their data amongst their stakeholders. The example is provided to aid leaders in completing their own community data assessment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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This worksheet and accompanying example help leaders get a fuller picture of how data are shared and disseminated in your community. It helps leaders assess how well they are collecting, warehousing and sharing data about youth outcomes, community, school and family supports, and leader efforts.