Thursday, October 2, 2014

E-News: National Survey of Child Welfare Spending

October 2, 2014  Subscribe
Report on Child Welfare Spending
National survey finds first spending decline

For the first time in nearly 20 years, total spending on child welfare in the U.S. has declined. Our new report summarizes key findings from a national survey of states' child welfare expenditures. Child welfare agencies use federal, state, and local funds to provide services to prevent abuse and neglect, preserve families, protect children, and place children outside of their homes when necessary. Track the money that funds this important work.
Trend Lines Blog
How to evaluate school-based initiatives
Increasingly, schools are implementing initiatives meant to improve students' social, emotional, and academic outlook. But how can they know whether these programs work? Evaluation is critical, but not all evaluations are useful. In our latest blog post, Deborah Temkin offers five points to consider when evaluating school-based initiatives.
Teen Health
Profiles of teens who aren't in good health
Health during adolescence can impact later educational, social, and economic success. This brief describes the family, neighborhood, and personal characteristics of teens who are in poor health, compared with those of healthier teens. Teens in fair or poor health are more likely to be disengaged from school, and more likely to have parents who are also in fair or poor health.
Early Childhood
Using early care and education measures with dual language learners
The number of dual language learners in early care and education programs is increasing. This review of research literature, co-authored by Child Trends' Tamara Halle, examines whether measures of the quality of early care and education settings reflect the needs of the diverse groups of children in these settings.
Scaling effective interventions
Despite extensive financial investment in scaling evidence-based programs and practices, scaled programs can produce poor outcomes. How can we replicate effective programs and practices under real-world conditions? That's the question Dr. Dean Fixsen of the National Implementation Research Network will address in this PerformWell webinar. Child Trends is a PerformWell partner.
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Sept. 30, 2014
The PRA in 2016?

With your help, we could see the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) adopted before the next presidential election.

No, this isn’t a guarantee. It is too soon for that. There are still too many variables, too many pieces that need to fall into place.

But it is a very real possibility.

The first thing that has to happen, though, is the election this November of enough congressmen and senators who will support the parental rights effort.

The new House and Senate will convene in January, 2015. With enough support for the PRA going in, we can make a concerted effort to secure its passage in both houses within the year. Then, when state legislatures convene in 2016, its ratification can be at the top of their to-do list. (Those with year-round legislatures won’t even have to wait that long!)

Imagine it. With your help, we can see the PRA adopted before we even vote on President Obama’s successor in 2016!

But it all starts with this November’s elections. And that’s where our pledge comes in. does not endorse a particular party or candidate. However, we are working to post for your information a list of candidates who support the PRA, based on the pledges we have received or an incumbent’s cosponsorship of the PRA in their chamber of Congress. Though the list is still incomplete, we are growing it at

Check the list to see who has declared their support in your House and Senate races. Check back as Election Day approaches and as hopefully more pledges are received.

If pledges haven’t been sent to the candidates in your district yet and you would like to help, you can see the step-by-step instructions here. (We are sending those pledges out slowly, but volunteers really speed up the process!)

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter who is sworn in as president in 2017, they will swear “to preserve, protect, and defend [a] Constitution” that includes your parental rights?

With your help through the coming months, there is a good chance that we can make that dream a reality.


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

P.S. – If you can support the dream with just a $5 monthly donation (or $50 annual) this month you will receive access to our October Elite Membership packet on “Teaching Active and Adventurous Children,” featuring Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Andrew Pudewa. Andrew’s insights can help you connect with your adventurous child, however he or she is schooled.

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