CFK Weekly September 19

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September 19, 2007

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Voices & Views
Supporting and Reconnecting Youth
Foster Care News
Access to Higher Ed
Kids & Politics
Health and Health Care
Education News
CFK Seeks a Few Good Interns
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Editor's Note
It's official! We've entered the second phase of our partnership with Child Advocacy 360 -- each week, we'll bring you a special section with Voices & Views and Who's Doing What that Works. This week: a look at how small nonprofits can create community and why that matters for children and families.

Also this week: health care debates are heating up on Capitol Hill. Get the scoop and weigh in with your elected officials. In addition, the Urban Institute has the details on new evidence that federal investments in children across the board are poised to decline in the next 10 years.

In the Reconnecting Youth section, you'll find tools to assess and sustain programs. And in the Education section, get ready to celebrate Week of the Classroom Teacher.

Keep us posted on your work, everyone!
Caitlin Johnson

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Voices & Views

CA360We're pleased to announce that the CFK Weekly is now the exclusive carrier of Child Advocacy 360's signature content: Who's Doing What That Works and Voices & Views. Each week, this section will highlight the work and perspectives of leaders in the child and youth field. To suggest content for consideration, email

Insights from the Philanthropy Forum: How Nonprofit Organizations Create Community
Note from Hershel Sarbin, Publisher, Child Advocacy 360: Clearly, this was not a child advocacy program in any way, but lessons learned about small nonprofits actually travel well to our environment covering child well-being. Selected takeaways:

  • "The thing that struck me pretty quickly about community organizations is that an awful lot of small community based organizations don't fit what we think of as organizations. Their boundaries are fuzzy. They may not quite know what they are doing. They may be very collectivistic and not hierarchical. These are all things that sort of break the rules." - Carl Milovsky, professor of sociology, Bucknell University.
  • "You know, everybody pays attention to the paid staff nonprofits, the big ones, the formal ones. No one pays attention to little ones; they are the dark matter of the universe." - Speaker quoting David Horton Smith, who founded ARNOVA in 1970.
Smith argued that the "little ones" actually made up 90 percent of the participation and 90 percent of the resources in the nonprofit sector. This created quite a controversy -- ugly letters, name calling -- at least until an Indiana University professor counted everything that moved in Indiana. Indeed, she concluded, 90 percent of the activity in the nonprofit sectors really is in these organizations.
  • "One thing that is absolutely critical in small organizations is being very clear about expectations, outcomes, and impact. We talk about organizations and what they are doing, what their mission is, but we don't talk about what they have actually achieved. In this community, the District of Columbia, everybody knows that if you can't demonstrate that you are having an impact, that you are making a difference, you are not going to be sustainable..." - Paraphrasing Travis Hardman, executive director, Nation's Capital Child and Family Development.

For more, read the Foundation Center transcript.

Supporting and Reconnecting Youth

NCVCAssisting Teen Victims of Crime: Training for Professionals
The Teen Victim Initiative has launched a free Web training series designed to help victim assistance providers, law enforcement and other professionals provide informed, culturally competent and developmentally appropriate responses to teen victims and their families. The series kicks off on September 25, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, with an overview on working with teens. Access is limited; register online. Contact Mira Krivoshey at for information.

Check out the related toolkit: Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization.

saveDateCreating Dedicated Local and State Revenue Sources for Youth Programs (September 24)
This Finance Project Youth Programs Resource Center audio conference will be Web-based, held from 2-3 p.m. Eastern. Program developers and intermediaries, community organizations and policymakers are invited to tune in and share information and resources on creating dedicated local and state revenue sources to finance and sustain youth programs and initiatives. Free registration (online).

pdfCheck out the related publication: Creating Dedicated Local and State Revenue Sourcesfor Youth Programs

finance projectInvesting in the Sustainability of Youth Programs: An Assessment Tool for Funders
This new Finance Project brief and assessment tool can help foundation leaders meet the challenges of sustaining youth programs. The brief provides a framework for considering sustainability, an assessment tool for funders to support sustainability in their grantmaking and guidance in adapting the tool for particular purposes.

Foster Care News

OFA bookLife in the Hood: Handbook for Transitioning Teens
Written in a conversational manner and with input from hundreds of foster youth nationwide, Life in the Hood is a 96-page roadmap for older teens and young adults transitioning to living on their own. It includes practical advice on housing, transportation, finances, nutrition and health, as well as workplace and college tips. Published by the Orphan Foundation of America. Cost: $15.00.

Child Welfare.govAddressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C Early Intervention Services
The Part C referral provisions in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) are designed to help children under age 3 involved in substantiated cases of abuse or neglect. The provisions connect child welfare staff to early intervention service providers who can assist in assessment, service delivery and permanency planning. This Children's Bureau bulletin looks at how states are implementing the new referral provisions and offers lessons learned.

pdfNumber of Grandparents Living with Grandchildren IncreasingGenUnited
More than 6 million grandparents are now living with grandchildren under age 18, according to new data from the Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey. Since 2003, this number has been on the rise among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white grandparents, but not among black grandparents, according to a September 17 Generations United press release.

  • Get the details in the new Census grandparents subject table (S1002) and grandchildren subject table (S1001) at

Access to Higher EdLumina

Campus Connections: Widening the College Track
As the importance of a college-educated workforce grows, so does the gap between students who understand what it takes to get to college and the underserved students who lack that information. That gap is rooted in poverty and social inequity, but solutions - for example, the KnowHow2Go campaign -- are emerging to help low-income students gain access to and succeed in college. Get a look at them in the fall 2007 issue of the Lumina Foundation Focus publication.

isoveraCollege Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming Burdens to Succeed in Higher Education
The working poor, in particular, face obstacles to college access and success. A recent Institute for Higher Education Policy report examines the higher education experiences, financial challenges, attendance and completion rates of the working poor and makes recommendations for policies and practices that might raise their enrollment and completion rates. Check out the fact sheet, too.

Achievement Trap: The Success and Struggle of America's High-Achieving Lower-Income Students (September 28)aypf
There are millions of top-performing lower-income students. A lack of supports for lower-income students, however, is causing "an enormous, but preventable talent drain in our nation's schools," according to a recent Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Civic Enterprise report. This American Youth Policy Forum panel will look at the findings and what can be done to better assist high-performing low-income students. Time: 11:45 to 1:30 Eastern. RSVP to by Tuesday, September 25.

AYPF's Issue Brief, Postsecondary Access and Success, offers an excellent overview of the research.

Kids & Politics: Investing in Childrenurban

Investing in Children
According to this Urban Institute report, the Federal investment in children is likely to decline markedly within the next decade. The share of the federal budget for programs that enhance kids' future productivity or income is forecast to drop from 1.6 percent of the gross domestic product in 2006 to 1.3 percent by 2017 under current policies.

Vetos Threaten Human Needs
September 30 is the last day of the federal fiscal year.  It is also the day all annual appropriations expire, including funding for education, housing and energy assistance, along with a vast array of health, nutrition, social and community services. The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) looks at what's on the block that affects children, families and communities. 

ACTIONAction Alerts on the Budget and Appropriations
Many critical programs for kids and families face cuts in the current appropriations process and in the federal budget for next year.  Here are some tools for action.

  • USAction has information and action ideas on the budget, tax cuts and domestic spending. You can search the map for a state affiliate.

Health and Health Care

CBPPCollateral Damage: Children Can Lose Coverage When Their Parents Lose Health Insurance
Providing public health insurance to parents is effective in increasing the number of kids who are insured. The reverse is also true: when parents lose health insurance coverage, their children can become uninsured. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities summarizes recent data.

Congress Nears Agreement on SCHIP
House and Senate negotiators say they have reached a tentative compromise on a State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that resembles the Senate version and would cover an additional 4 million uninsured children. House Democrats have raised some concerns. The Kaiser Network has a round-up of coverage.

first focusYour Turn to Weigh in on SCHIP
Here are some resources for action for individuals and organizations.

  • Letter to Bush: "Don't Veto SCHIP." First Focus and the National Association of Community Health Centers are urging President Bush not to veto the SCHIP bill. More than 300 national and local organizations have signed on.

Kaiser/ClintonSenator Clinton Unveils Plan for Health Insurance Coverage
Kaiser has an overview of Senator Clinton's (D-NY) proposal for health care reform, should she be elected president in 2008. There's also a video and transcript of her discussing the plan.

Education Newssavedate
Week Of The Classroom Teacher And World Teachers' Day (September 30 to October 6)
The Association for Childhood Education International established this event to thank teachers and educators across the country and around the world. October 5 is UNESCO's World Teacher's Day. It's not too late to sponsor celebrations in your community or school -- check out the free materials and planning guide online.

EdWeeklyDigital Directions 2007
The Fall 2007 issue of Education Week's "Digital Directions" covers the latest trends in educational technology, including the challenges associated with using e-mail in schools, modernizing technology in an urban district and the latest tech tools and teaching resources.
STATE NEWS: New York City Wins Top Broad Prize, Four Other Areas Win Smaller Awards
New York City -- the largest school system in the country -- won this year's Broad Prize in Urban Education, garnering $500,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors. From the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the award recognizes effective school reform, including reductions in achievement gaps. Four other districts won smaller awards: Bridgeport, Connecticut; Long Beach, California; Miami-Dade County, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas.

A US News and World Report article about the prize leads with a compelling story about Dorothy Barrett, a high school senior who very nearly became a drop-out statistic when she got pregnant her sophomore year.

CFK Seeks A Few Good Interns (DC or NY)

CFKIntern with CFK!
Connect for Kids is looking for talented interns (undergrad, grad student, or recent college grad) located in New York or Washington, D.C., to work 10 to 15 hours per week on and the CFK Weekly. Candidates should have experience in journalism, child advocacy, social work, political science, or technology/design. The full details are online.

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