ERIC Number: ED400926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Map and Track: State Initiatives for Young Children and Families.
Knitzer, Jane; Page, Stephen
In the past decade, there has been a sharp increase in awareness of how interventions that address multiple risk factors and target both children and their families can help ensure that children grow up healthy and able to learn. In 1995, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) undertook a project to "map" state initiatives for young children and families and to develop a framework to "track" changes in initiatives over time. This report, the first of a planned biennial series, describes the project's findings on these special, state-initiated, comprehensive program and cross-system planning efforts. The report's executive summary highlights findings indicating that three-quarters of states are supporting one or more state-funded, comprehensive program strategies, but relatively few have developed comprehensive initiatives; much more typical are parallel program and planning efforts without a clear vision or goals. Following the executive summary, chapter 1 of the report presents an overview of the framework that guided the way data were gathered and organized. Chapter 2 highlights the findings from a national perspective, synthesizing the information provided by the states and discussing some of the key lessons and implications. States' activities are illustrated in boxed text throughout the first two chapters. Chapter 3 presents detailed profiles of each state. Appendices include backup charts and maps and a list of state contacts for the programs described. Contains 86 references. (BGC)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Birth Weight, Child Health, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Environment, Early Intervention, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Needs, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Federal Programs, Integrated Services, Low Income, Planning, Poverty, Program Administration, Program Content, Risk, State Aid, State Government, State Programs, Strategic Planning, Unemployment, Young Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University School of Public Health, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032 ($19.95, includes postage and handling; orders must be prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.