Coalitions Across the Country Exploring Ready by 21
Forum Co-Founder and CEO Karen Pittman criss-crossed the nation delivering the Ready by 21 message in May. Karen spoke on how to align policies and programs to increase collective impact at convenings hosted by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, HHS' Office of Adolescent Health and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Partnership. Targeted coalitions and partnerships focused on issues such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse or students with disabilities are excited to learn strategies to strengthen their own networks and more effectively connect to others to achieve better outcomes for children and youth.
Afterschool Program Quality: The Progress and the Future
With afterschool providers and supporters all over the country working to improve quality, the head of a foundation that funds such efforts steps back for thoughtful analysis of "what we learned and the implications for the future." Woven throughout this essay
by Bob Granger, president of the W.T. Grant Foundation, is an overview of how the afterschool field has evolved and the issues that confront the field today. As a grantee and partner of the Foundation, the Forum for Youth Investment's work related to afterschool is referenced throughout.
Students Profit when Investment Company Teams with Schools
How can businesses help low-income middle schoolers attain the work, life and academic skills they need to succeed? One answer lies in a partnership between Citizen Schools and Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest providers of financial services. This case study
from Corporate Voices for Working Families, a Ready by 21 National Partner, shows how that effort also increases professional development opportunities for employees.
Kinship Families Need More Support
In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends - a practice known as kinship care. Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families
, includes the latest data for states and the nation, and offers recommendations on how to support kinship families.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks applications for its Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs. The grants are for
projects that will develop and implement Kinship Navigator programs to: 1. Help kinship caregivers, through information and referral systems and other means, learn about and use services to meet their needs and those of the children they are raising; and 2. Promote effective partnerships between public and private, community- and faith-based agencies to better serve the needs of kinship caregiver families.
The agency expects to give out seven awards totaling $5 million. Applications are due July 16. Go here for more information.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the latest round of Promise Neighborhoods applications, which include both planning and implementation grants. The department expects to distribute 15 planning grants worth up to $500,000 each, and five to seven implementation grants worth $4 million to $6 million each.
Notices of Intent to Apply are due June 8; applications are due July 27. Go here for more information.
Summer Learning Day
The National Summer Learning Association's Summer Learning Day 2012 will take place on June 21. Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day that showcases local summer learning programs and highlights the importance of summer learning. Events celebrating the occasion will take place the week of June 21 and throughout the summer. The association offers a series of archived webinars, a planning toolkit and more. Find out more here