CFK Weekly September 12

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September 12, 2007

In This Issue

Resources for Reconnecting Youth
Juvnenile Justice
Health and Health Care
Education News
Out of School Time Resources
Grants and Awards
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Editor's Note
Last month, the federal government issued new rules for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and forty-four senators are urging President Bush to remove them on the grounds that they will leave millions of children without insurance. At the same time, California and New York are fighting to keep health care proposals alive.

September is Youth Court month. You can learn more about the concept or share stories, successes and ideas on the National Youth Court Association site. Also under the Juvenile Justice heading, find out about an innovative Kansas City program that has young offenders serving art-time. 

Also this week: NCLB news, summer learning gets a second look, and we've got a round-up of ideas for funding.

Next week, in addition to our regular content, we'll be officially launching our Child Advocacy 360: "Who's Doing What that Works" and "Voices and Views" weekly feature. We couldn't be more pleased!

Keep us posted on your work, everyone.
Caitlin Johnson

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Resources for Reconnecting Youth

CCFY logopdfSetting the Stage for New High Schools: Municipal Leadership in Supporting High School Alternatives
City and town leaders across the country are expanding alternatives for students who struggle in traditional high school settings. A new report from the National League of Cities' Youth, Education and Families Institute examines how these alternatives serve as dropout prevention and recovery strategies, and help promote college and career success. It also profiles seven specific policy conditions and why collaboration is critical. For hard copies, contact Allison Barr at (202) 626-3144 or

ChapinA Community's Concern: Monitoring Outcomes of Preventive Services
Earlier this year, the New York City Administration for Children's Services launched a new initiative to build coalitions of community organizations to improve outcomes for children in the child welfare system. In this essay, Chapin Hall Research Fellow Fred Wulczyn suggests what needs to be done to effectively monitor preventive services delivered by private providers. For starters, he argues for a clear focus on outcomes and for attention to be paid to both process and quality of care.

Juvenile Justice NAYC

September is National Youth Court Month
Does your organization run a youth court, teen court, student court or peer court? It's not too late to get this year's Planning Guide and Action Kit from the National Association of Youth Courts.

stapSentenced to the Arts Project in Kansas City
Here's a look at an innovative city partnership from the August Municipal Network for Disconnected Youth e-newsletter. For the past eight years, the City of Kansas City, the Jackson County Family Court and ArtsTech Center have partnered to connect youth in the juvenile justice system with arts education, expressive therapy and community service. Each year, more than 700 young people benefit as they help beautify distressed neighborhoods.  For more information contact

Health and Health Care

KFFForty-four Senators Ask Bush to Rescind New SCHIP Enrollment Restrictions
A controversial new rule for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) requires states to prove that they're reaching 95 percent of eligible children living below 200 percent of poverty. States must reach that benchmark before expanding to cover those in families with higher earnings. The Kaiser Network has the scoop.


State News in brief:

  • New York - The federal government has denied the state's request to expand SCHIP coverage to families with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (insuring 70,000 additional children).
  • California- The legislature voted to expand health insurance to cover 4 million of the estimated 6.8 million uninsured; Governor Schwarzenegger says he will veto the bill.

health affairsVulnerable Populations and Health Care: How Can We Improve?
This event, sponsored by the journal Health Affairs and the Kaiser Network, examined ways to ensure that the most vulnerable people have access to health care, policies that could reduce health care disparities, how early-life factors (such as nutrition and environmental conditions) affect health in subsequent years, and more. You can watch the Webcast or read the transcript.

Education News

randTeacher Quality Under No Child Left Behind: Interim Report
Congress is preparing to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). A central goal of NCLB is ensuring that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher. Most teachers meet their states' requirements, but not all state standards are sufficiently high, according to this interim report from the National Longitudinal Study of No Child Left Behind.

randBack to School: The Impact and Promise of No Child Left Behind (September 26)
Is NCLB working to close the achievement gap in U.S. schools? Can the effects of its complex requirements be untangled to identify areas of success and places for improvement? How are students, teachers and schools faring? Find out in this RAND policy forum.

CSMDefying History and Stereotype, the South's Schools Rise
Hundreds of high schools in the South, many still under desegregation orders, have quietly become public-education powerhouses. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Out of School Time Resources

PEARWhole Year Learning and Wellness: Should the Summer be Connected to the School Year? (September 18)
What, where and how should children learn in different times of the year? This Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning panel will discuss concrete and practical solutions to summer learning loss and innovative practices to connect summer and the school year. This event will be held in Baltimore. Register online. 

NAANational AfterSchool Association Call for Proposals
The National AfterSchool Association conference, a key professional development experience for afterschool professionals, is looking for best practices, ideas and strategies. Deadline: rolling until Nvember 1. The conference will be held March 12-14, 2008 in Florida.

Grants and Awards

Global Grant Program for Young Digital Journalism Pioneers
Here's a compelling high-tech youth service contest. MTV and the Knight Foundation are partnering to offer the Knight News Challenge "Young Creators Award," a new digital journalism grant program for young people age 25 and under anywhere in the world. The contest will award up to $500,000 for youth using digitally delivered news and information to enhance well-being in real communities. Deadline: October 15. 

Seed Grants for Intergenerational Photography Contest

For the seventh annual Generations United (GU) Intergenerational
Photography Contest, GU is partnering with the MetLife Foundation to
offer seed grants of up to $2000 to five organizations.  The Request
for Proposals and the Application are online. Contact GU at
202-289-3979 or for more information. Deadline: November 1.

Safe and Vital Communities
The Allstate Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits for projects related to catastrophe response, youth anti-violence, neighborhood revitalization and teen safe driving as well as for tolerance, inclusion and diversity. Deadline: Open.

Caitlin Johnson and Thaddeus Ferber
Connect for Kids and the Forum for Youth Investment

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