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Head Start in Rural America2 It is also home to nearly 4,000 residents and serves as the hub for nearby Kawerak Head Start, a grantee that operates 11 centers across the Seward Peninsula and Saint Lawrence Island.3 Their Head Start programs are the only early education options in the region, serving about 240 Alaska Native children from remote villages and towns.
Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective
May 1, 2018 – FamiliesRacial disparities are among the most visible and persistent features of American society. For example, in 2016, the median household income of black Americans was $39,500, compared with $65,000 for non-Hispanic white Americans (U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census 2017). The sources of these disparities have been heavily studied and debated, with proposed explanations ranging from residential segregation (e.g., Wilson 1987; Massey and Denton 1993) and discrimination (e.g., Pager 2003; Eberhardt et al. 2004; Bertrand and Mullainathan 2004) to differences in family structure (e.g., McAdoo 2002; Autor et al. 2016) and even genetics (e.g., Rushton and Jensen 2005)
2017 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book
Measures of Growth 2017
April 26, 2017 – FamiliesThe Maine Economic Growth Council and Maine Development Foundation are pleased to present Measures of Growth 2017, the 23rd annual report on the key indicators that measures Maine’s progress toward long-term economic growth and a high quality of life for all Maine people.
Children and Families at the Center
Advancing Two-Generation Approaches: Funding to Help Families SucceedPolicy recommendations also are available.
Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine's Coasts and Islands
March 17, 2017 – FamiliesThis first edition of Waypoints is aimed at communicating the character of our communities, and the challenges and opportunities before us, to those whose actions and opinions impact us, including government staff and elected officials at the state and federal levels. We hope it will also be informative and useful for local leaders as they weigh priorities and tackle local challenges.
Social Service Programs that Foster Multiple Positive Outcomes
December 9, 2016 – FamiliesSocial service programs are typically funded by agencies with a specific mission. Accordingly, evaluations also tend to have a narrow focus, be it drug use, crime, or teen pregnancy. However, research and practitioners’ experience indicate that varied problem behaviors often share root causes. This suggests that effective interventions may actually influence multiple outcomes, whether or not they are designed to do so.
Strategies to Meet the Child Care Needs of Low-Income Parents Seeking Education and Training
September 27, 2016 – FamiliesLack of child care can be a major barrier for low-income parents seeking education and training to improve their job prospects.
Making Tomorrow Better Together
April 13, 2016 – Families