The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values and inform the work on our priority areas, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
We invite you to check back often, as this list is regularly updated.
Escaping Poverty: Predictors of Persistently Poor Children's Economic Success
June 2, 2017 – Young ChildrenA core American ideal is that all children should have a clear pathway to thrive and prosper as adults. Yet, children in poverty—particularly children who are persistently poor—face steep obstacles on their path to economic success.
Toward a More Equal Footing: Early Head Start in Maine
May 23, 2017 – Young ChildrenOne program that connects the most economically vulnerable families with quality early childhood programming is Early Head Start (EHS). Subject to rigorous quality and staffing standards, implemented among the youngest children (prenatally through age 2), and delivered via a two-generation approach, EHS is a significant opportunity for providing quality care and education to a population that might otherwise struggle to access it. Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this brief explores the characteristics of EHS in Maine, compares them to the national landscape, and connects these findings to a discussion of the federal and state policy climates. *JTGF-funded
Children and Families at the Center
Advancing Two-Generation Approaches: Funding to Help Families SucceedPolicy recommendations also are available.
Early Childhood Education: A Strong Foundation
February 10, 2017 – Young ChildrenThe issue highlighted in this brief is early childhood education. The more we learn about human development, the more we understand the importance of early childhood nurturing for lifetime success. Early childhood begins with birth and continues to third grade. At each stage of growth along the way, a child can benefit from the nurture and stimulation of high-quality early childhood education. The early years are the best time to prevent achievement gaps from developing and becoming locked in.
The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program
December 12, 2016 – Young ChildrenNew research from Professor James Heckman and his colleagues at the University of Chicago and University of Southern California Schaeffer Center that presents a 13% ROI on early childhood programs, a substantial increase from the 7 - 10% of previously calculated data.
A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting
November 26, 2016 – Young ChildrenThis report explores ways for public agencies to ensure that children receive the care they need by enlisting more volunteers to step forward as foster parents and by encouraging the extraordinary individuals who have already answered the call to continue their commitment to care. The report identifies three major themes for engaging and empowering foster parents: ensuring quality caregiving for children; forging strong relationships; and, finding and keeping more amazing caregivers.
Education Indicators for Maine
Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism
October 8, 2016 – Young ChildrenFrom the U.S. Department of Education and partners, this Toolkit offers information, suggested action steps, and lists of existing tools and resources—including evidence-based resources—for individuals, leaders, and systems to begin or enhance the work of effective, coordinated community action to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism.
From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts
July 8, 2016 – Young ChildrenThis report synthesizes 15 years of dramatic advances in the science of early childhood and early brain development, analyzes evidence generated by 50 years of program evaluation research, and presents a framework for driving science-based innovation in early childhood policy and practice.