This new report from the National Home Visiting Resource Center brings together comprehensive data on the current state of childhood home visiting across the nation. It shows how these home visiting programs, designed to help children and their families thrive, have been effectively implemented on the federal, state and county levels. While this is great news, the report also outlines how many more children and families in need could benefit from the proper utilization of these available programs.
The latest edition of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a comprehensive snapshot of the welfare of America’s children and families, ranking each state’s policy results. It shows that, despite the overall recovery from the Great Recession, the proportion of children living in high-poverty areas has risen. Additionally, while high school graduation rates have generally gone up nationwide, academic proficiency in several key subject areas has actually declined. Children’s healthcare access has been a success story though, with the United States reaching a record figure of 95% of children having health insurance. The report concludes with a number of recommendations in all of these areas to reverse some worrying trends and improve on the gains in others.
The Urban Institute summarizes and analyzes the effectiveness of the implementation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative in three demonstration sites in Delaware, Iowa and Wisconsin.
This new report form the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) takes a comprehensive and statistical look at delinquency and petitioned status offense cases handled between 2005 and 2014 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction.
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience produced this brief highlighting the latest findings in research on adolescent brain development relevant to the experiences of youth offenders in the juvenile justice. The short brief aims to inform the public and policymakers on how these findings should affect juvenile justice policies regarding the sentencing and incarceration of youth.
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%.
This new report from the National Institute of Justice and the Harvard Kennedy School summarizes the ways in which the nation’s current juvenile justice system negatively effects the youth involved in it, leading to high rates of recidivism and damaging effects on their well-being and future prospects. The authors recommend a number of community-based programs/approaches to replace the use of large-scale and ineffective youth prisons and detention facilities.