Supporting Young People Transitioning from Foster Care: Findings from a National Survey

This new study from Child Trends describes the array of services available to foster youth in 47 states and territories until they reach the age of 21 and shows how, despite these available services, the vast majority of foster youth choose to leave the system entirely by the age of 18. These youth completely forego these services and the benefits they bring in education, health and employment opportunities. The possible reasons why they do this as well as some possible ways of still providing the many important services to these youth are discussed.

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago authored and released this new report as the first in its new series of briefs on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. Using data and information collected from more than 26,000 interviews over the past year, the report shows that one in 10 young adults ages 18-25 and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17 experience some form of homelessness. More detailed analysis of the types of homelessness and the demographics of the youth experiencing it are provided along with a number of policy and practice recommendations that can help address the problem.

A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

This new report from UNICEF highlights the most current data about several forms of violence that take place in the lives of youth across world. It concludes with a number of specific policy and action strategies that different countries may take to help prevent and respond to all of these forms of violence against children.

The Foster Care Housing Crisis

The Chronicle of Social Change produced this first-of-its-kind report which details the growing problem of the national foster care housing crisis, in which the number of youth in foster care is rising at the same time that foster care capacity is either falling or has stalled. The report breaks down the numbers across dozens of states, showing that the problem isn't only that of policy complacency as many states have seen declines in capacity despite efforts to increase it. Overall, the report worryingly finds that at least half of the 50 states have seen capacity significantly decline.

2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

This recent policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses the latest data available to discuss the progress and welfare of children from different races/ethnicities and national origins using several key milestones. It unsurprisingly finds that minority and immigrant youth continue to consistently have bigger barriers to success than white youth. The report makes the case for a number of crucial policy changes that can help to break down some of those barriers.

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts

The Campaign for Youth Justice published this latest update and summary of the progress made by states in reforming their state justice policies to keep youth out of their adult criminal justice systems. The report highlights how 19 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws in the period from 2015 to 2017, helping to quicken the trend that began in 2009 through which the number of youth in adult jails has dropped by nearly two-thirds.

Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce recently released this new report highlighting how a lack of higher education degree attainment has led to Latinos being disproportionately "stuck" in the lower and middle wage tiers of the labor market. The report presents comprehensive data on the issue for the ten states with the highest Latino populations.

Early Childhood Educators’ Self-Efficacy in Science, Math, and Literacy Instruction and Science Practice in the Classroom

Researchers from Michigan State University wrote this report using analysis and observations of 67 Head-Start classrooms which details how effective early childhood educators think they are at teaching literacy, math and science based on their own knowledge of the subjects. It shows a wide disparity in teaching efficacy as these educators are much more confident in their knowledge of and ability to teach literacy than that of science or math. This report raises the issue of whether or not science and math are being taught properly in early childhood and how much science and math should be taught in the first place considering many think the subjects to be too complicated for young children.