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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level School District, City or Town, School Board
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
This report aims to help community development and regional planning practitioners collaborate on cross-sector educational improvement efforts, increase productivity, and foster social equity. Its seven-step process recommends developing an understanding of the educational landscape,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Maryland
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early childhood education preparation varies widely across the higher education industry. Multiple programs with differing curriculums suggest similar outcomes but produce highly variable levels of preparedness. This report focuses on the education landscape of early-childhood-education...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Throughout the nation, early childhood educators are struggling to meet ends meet. With the passing of the American Rescue Plan Act, unprecedented funding opportunities exist to meet the wage gap of underfunded and underpaid educators. This report contains policy suggestions that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Arizona
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
To address its deficiency in parks and public green spaces, the city of Tucson established joint use agreements with the unified school district which expanded community access to 12 elementary school yards. This brief outlines the costs and legal processes associated with the agreements...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Structural violence reduces health outcomes through systemic stratification along race, class, and gender. People exposed to more structural violence are disproportionately likely to experience preterm birth. This report illustrates the role of structural violence in creating adverse...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education
Many children of color and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without the academic skills they need to succeed; these disparities in skills early on likely contribute to later achievement gaps observed during elementary school, for children who enter kindergarten...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Georgia
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
This report discusses the social, economic, and developmental implications of Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) challenges, and outlines strategies for Georgia lawmakers to support children struggling with mental or emotional health-related issues. The report recommends lawmakers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs provide funding for three categories of essential services--direct, enabling, and public health services--but requires funded programs to be "family-centered, community-based and culturally competent." This report examines the methodologies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Mississippi
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
Due to increasing statewide obesity rates, localities across Mississippi are exploring ways to expand access to parks and recreational facilities. The city of Hernando established joint use agreements with public schools to allow greater community access to recreational facilities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Children & Families
A child’s first three years of life is the most rapid and sensitive period of development, and it sets the foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. All children deserve the opportunity to be born healthy and raised in nurturing, stimulating, stable, and secure care environments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Public Safety
Zero-tolerance policies and the proliferation of law enforcement officers in schools have funneled many students into the criminal legal system. This brief outlines steps school districts, cities, and states can take to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Recommendations include...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Unlike public school teachers teaching children 5 years or older, early education teachers lack policy that requires certification at the state level that maintains consistent level of quality education in the nation. Furthermore, higher education programs that are meant to prepare...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Public Spaces
This report explains how a "Healthy Food Zone Ordinance" can regulate the proximity of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to schools, parks, childcare centers, or other locations frequented by children. It also includes a model ordinance which prohibits fast food restaurants...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs, by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Education, Public Safety
Participation in high-quality afterschool programs can reduce juvenile crime. This report highlights case studies of local afterschool programs from around the country that have been successful in providing at-risk youth with safe spaces that keep them from engaging in dangerous behavior....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Public Safety
One of the most effective ways to prevent crime is to provide children with the parental support and programs needed to be successful, productive members of society. This report discusses four steps Michigan policymakers should take to support children's success and improve public...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level County, State
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Childcare providers in Wisconsin typically charge families above federal guidelines to make ends meet. This report outlines the expenses providers face in the industry, examines a Milwaukee County childcare center case study, and finds that staffing requirements create the largest...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
The first three years of life are the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body. Exposure to chronic stressors during these years can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems in the future that can be costly for families and society to navigate. This...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Organizations conducting research on and proposing policy solutions to structural inequalities in maternal and child care often fail to integrate the perspectives of the people being studied into their work. This report explores reasons to include the perspectives of research subjects...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Ohio
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
In 2019, the Ohio's Student Wellness and Success Fund was created to help school districts invest in the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their students. This report discusses the many ways school districts have used Student Wellness and Success funds, and outlines other...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Health
Initiatives to promote students' physical, mental, and emotional health can help children recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen the workforce, contribute to a strong state economy, and enhance national security. This report outlines steps California policymakers can take...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Arizona
Source Mayor Innovation Project
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Health
Dedicated to limiting students' exposure to pollutants, Phoenix City staff, school faculty, and Arizona State University researchers planted trees and shrubs with K-8 students on unused school playgrounds. This project is poised to benefit more than 121,000 children under the age...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Food, Health
Obesity disqualifies 31 percent of youth from military service. Ensuring that all children have consistent access to fresh and nutritious food year-round is critical for kids to grow up to be healthy and prepared for any career they choose, including the military. This report provides...

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