Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

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, 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.


NPR: K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely

April 3, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Educators share ideas and perspectives on the sudden switch to remote learning due to #COVID-19 #education

Using School Buses as Wifi Hotspots for Students

April 2, 2020 – Older Youth, Young Children

As New Hampshire switches to remote learning, the Rochester School District has come up with a unique solution to enhance internet access to students in their district. Nine school buses parked in selected locations have been equipped with mobile hotspot devices. #COVID-19 #education

Helping Low-Income College Students Requires Action from Institutions and Policymakers

March 31, 2020 – Older Youth

Millions of students at colleges and universities across the country are facing an unprecedented moment of financial and educational uncertainty as campuses move online.These students are more likely to be from low-income backgrounds than students during the 2008 recession, and many will need support not only from their institutions but also from the broader safety net. The Urban Insitute analyzed unique challeneges faced by college students in comparison to the 2008 Recession. #covid-19

Brookings: A broad strategy for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 27, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

As schools transistion to online learning, they can make important innovations to generate a better long term outcome. The author offers some specific proposals for how schools can help meet our broad social and economic needs. #COVID-19 #education

School Nutrition Heroes: On the Front Lines of COVID-19

March 25, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

School nutrition programs have continued responding to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic with new meal distribution systems, including expanding meal pick up options to all students regardless of school meal enrollment (Natomas Unified School District, California) and offering drive-by pickups for families at multiple locations (Santa Clarita Valley, California). However, concerns about sustaining expensive delivery models are beginning to surface. #covid-19 #education #foodsecurity

Marshall Project: Coronavirus Leaves Foster Children With Nowhere to Go

March 24, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

This article looks at challenges to the child welfare system during the coronavirus outbreak including closure of family courts, suspension of family visitation, and fears of increasing abuse.

Child Trends: School-based health centers can deliver care to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Report makes recommendations to school districts for supporting the health and well being of students while schools are closed. School-based health centers disproportionately reach low-income students and those living in rural areas. For many, such services represent their only access to health care—at a time when they may need care the most. #covid-19 #education

Where South Bend students can find buses with free access to Wi-Fi

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

With the shift to distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, many districts are addressing students’ unequal access to broadband challenges (see “Emerging Statistics” section, below for related research). Strategies for addressing this divide have clustered on circulation of mobile hot spots on buses (as in South Bend, Indiana and Rochester, New Hampshire), and the distribution of laptops for students (as in California), which were funded by private donors and foundations. Industry responses include the placement of hotspots in communities for public use, as Comcast and Atlantic Broadband have done. #covid-19 #education

MBA Class of 2020 Faces Tough Summer or Worse as Recession Looms

March 18, 2020 – Older Youth

A slate of news has focused on the pandemic’s effects on graduating students at all levels. The Center for American Progress has published a piece on how states can support equitable pathways graduating high school seniors, including addressing equity for marginalized students, clarifying graduation expectations, and providing guidance on transitioning to career education, military, or college pathways. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights challenges for low income students in career education programs, whose completion of clinical hours or licensing exams were disrupted just before they expected to land good jobs. Some experts advise students to use this time to continue in school, or to otherwise bolster credentials before entering the workforce. #covid-19 #education

Health and Well-Being of First Place-Involved Youth

December 20, 2019 – Older Youth

This brief is the fourth in the series commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation and focuses on the health and well-being of youth in the study. It follows briefs that describe First Place participants’ experiences with housing stability, employment, and education. The first three briefs showed that factors related to health and well-being influence the extent to which youth experiencing homelessness can achieve stability. This brief provides additional information on the mental health and well-being of study youth and how they affect outcomes in other domains. *JTGF-funded

2019 Education Indicators for Maine

December 13, 2019 – Older Youth, Young Children

Of all our economic development strategies, education is the one with the greatest return on investment. Investment in the education of Maine people creates lifelong learners, opens pathways to promising careers, and produces civically engaged citizens. Educate Maine's annual Education Indicators report is a trusted, nonpartisan resource developed to better understand Maine’s entire education system—early childhood through postsecondary. Our focus is on the ten Indicators we have identified which we believe best measure Maine’s educational performance. The ten Indicators that we measure follow the path of each Maine child as he or she grows and learns. The Foundation contributed funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

From Pipelines to Place-Based Strategies for Maine's Older Youth

October 30, 2019 – Older Youth

There are currently 174,500 youth aged 14-24 who are transitioning to adulthood in Maine. Approximately 1,300 Maine youth are experiencing homelessness, 9,400 are disconnected from school, 8,200 are receiving behavioral health services, 13,400 are involved with the child welfare system, and 2,600 are involved with the juvenile justice system.In order to reduce these numbers and develop the best continuum of care for Maine youth, there must be a better understanding of the factors that are occurring within Maine communities. This knowledge is critical to implement the recommendations in the first report of this series, Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. To help guide and inform the implementation of that first report’s recommendations, this report addresses data resources. It presents data snapshots of the all sixteen counties in Maine for a number of measures that are related to system involvement. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded