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Child Welfare

Tennessee announced that it would be one of four states working with the Center for the Study of Social Policy on its Action, Implementation and Momentum (AIM) Initiative, which will help the states expand use of CSSP’s Strengthening Families approach to early care and education. There is little mention as of yet on CSSP’s own website about the initiative, but the other three states are Idaho, Massachusetts and Washington.

Education/Jobs

Lancaster.com’s Paula Wolf reports that New Jersey colleges are seeing more requests for work-study jobs and, with Recovery Act money in the rearview, some schools are finding it difficult to meet rising demands.

If you’re in D.C. today, American Enterprise Institute scholar Frederick Hess will discuss his new book, The Same Thing Over and Over, at a panel discussion starting at 5:30. The book is about why Hess believes school reformers get stuck in “yesterday’s ideas.” Click here for details.

The Forum for Youth Investment, as part of its Ready by 21 project, will host webinars today and on Dec. 14 about how to build broader partnerships for youth development in the community. 

Juvenile Justice

Louisiana wants to build a therapeutic juvenile facility in St. Landry Parish, and the parish set up a 25-member juvenile detention committee to research the project. At least one committee member, Link Savoie, believes he and his colleagues were cut out of the process by the state’s juvenile justice department and parish politicians.

The top of this update from the Office of Justice Programs discusses the agency’s Evidence Integration Initiative, which is aimed at helping justice practitioners use evidence and research to make decisions.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance national conference starts next Monday, and a number of the conference’s workshops are relevant to juvenile justice.