The National Network for Youth outlines the severity of the youth homelessness epidemic across the country and shows how current federal policy and practice are not addressing the problem. The authors then provide a number of federal policy recommendations that would help to end and prevent youth homelessness.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute and Nurse-Family Partnership collaborated to gather information and then write and publish this brief which outlines the common problems evidence-based programs have scaling up and becoming truly effective in helping a large number of beneficiaries. The paper shares lessons learned and several practical approaches that could help organizations expand helpful programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion uses a variety of official data sources to accurately estimate the cost of raising a child born in 2015. The researchers found that it will cost about $233,610 to raise a child through the age of 17. The report breaks down what this money goes towards while putting the figures in context and highlighting the current trends for each category of expense.
The latest edition of Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report focuses on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) across the nation as well as the usual ranking and grading of every state's education system. This year, the nation's education systems received an overall grade of C with a score of 74.2%.
The National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) makes the case for establishing a comprehensive community-based continuum of care for youth involved in the justice system to help avoid unnecessary incarceration and decrease recidivism.
The American Civil Liberties Union crafted this report to highlight the ways in which our flawed parole system fails to grant parole to model inmates that were convicted with harsh sentences during their youth, essentially relegating them to a life behind bars despite the fact that they were promised the possibility of parole. The report makes the case for the reformation of the parole system so that well-behaved inmates who are clearly no threat to society may be released or at least seriously considered for release.
This new report from the National Juvenile Defender Center provides a detailed look at the unfortunate reality of minors being arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated without exercising their right to representation by an attorney. It gives a number of policy and practice recommendations that could help these disproportionately minority youth get proper access to representation.
The Center for Data Innovation produced this report highlighting the ways in which the education system in the U.S. lacks the effective use of data infrastructure to improve student learning and teaching efficiency. It discusses how technology and digital tools are used in classroom settings, but the use of data analytics and metrics in policy and decision-making on an administrative level is all-but nonexistent with administrations making decisions based on assumptions and intuition rather than relevant information. The report makes the case for the transformation of the education sector into a data-driven, evidence-based, efficient, personalized and innovative system.
This new report published in Pediatrics uses nationwide data to show a startling and disturbing rise in the percentage of adolescents experiencing depression across the country from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. At the same time, the data shows basically no increase in the number of adolescents seeking professional care for their mental health over the same time period. The authors of the report hope this will be a "call to action" to get the mental health sector to find ways of increasing mental health screenings for youth and make other necessary changes to address this disturbing trend.
The College Board takes a comprehensive look at the current trends in the price of higher education across the country, showing wide variation between similar institutions and a continued rise in costs of tuition and housing well above the rate of inflation.