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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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice
It is increasingly important to understand the characteristics of parents who enter the U.S. child support system, and the characteristics of those who comply with their orders. A deeper understanding of parents' characteristics and challenges helps to explain system entry and order...

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 2013
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
This report presents findings from the Child Support for College (CS4C) pilot program, a public-private collaboration to promote college attendance and financial literacy among those in the Texas child support system. In particular, the program encourages college savings by providing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, California
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the impact of Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) on working mothers, focusing on California's PFML program. PFML policies, which provide job protections and partial wage replacement, aim to help families by allowing workers to take maternity leave, attend to their...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice
This infographic compares child support payments with more traditional forms of family support. Though it is not traditionally thought of as a social program, this infographic demonstrates that child support payments provide more support each month than SNAP, WIC, or the EITC....

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
This infographic highlights the significant challenges faced by children affected by the Flint water crisis and/or enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. It examines the detrimental impact of toxic stress, economic insecurity, and social determinants of health on these children's well-being....

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Lambda Legal
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families
Often times, misperceptions and prejudices about transgender people may fuel custody disputes; judges and adoption agencies sometimes try to stop transgender adults from bringing children into their lives and even try to remove them from their homes. This fact sheet addresses some...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) Oregon
Source Multnomah County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public places on the basis of any identity traits. This ordinance provides legal recourse for individuals who have been discriminated against and provides a specific listing of protected groups, classes, and traits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report uses various statistics and graphics to explain the economic impacts of insufficient child care resources on parents, employers, and taxpayers. It also notes that these negative impacts have worsened over time, and were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It concludes...

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 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source City of Denver
Policy Areas Education, Community Development, Children & Families
Denver's 5 By 5 Project aims to provide Denver Head Start children and families with at least 5 cultural experiences by the age of 5, putting into action their belief that the municipality can and should play a role in improving the "school readiness" of the City's children. The 5...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families
In order to expand equitable access to high-quality child care, policy makers must simultaneously increase the supply of affordable child care and support the child care workforce. ProGov21's updated Affordable Child Care Roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to achieve...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The document highlights Michigan's growing immigrant population. Children of immigrants, especially Hispanics, experience higher poverty rates, limited opportunities, forms of discrimination, and uncertainty over the termination of the DACA program. The document recommends policies...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
Racial disparities in access to money, time, and professional and social support deeply impact breastfeeding outcomes and contribute to disparities in breastfeeding success. This infographic outlines barriers to breastfeeding faced by women of color, along with their potential solutions....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Children & Families
Having children is often associated with increases in car use, due to barriers preventing families from relying on transit. For example, anti-stroller policies signal that families aren’t welcome on buses, while riding transit can be more expensive than driving, without youth fares...

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 Ordinance
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Health
This local law requires the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to make medication abortion available at no cost for patients at its health clinics. This law also mandates that the department provide counseling services and make timely referrals to family planning...

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