ERIC Number: ED402360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Safeguarding Our Future: Children & Families First. The Report of the Texas Commission on Children and Youth.
Texas State Commission on Children and Youth, Austin.
Texas is in the middle of criminal justice reform and a large prison construction program, but it has become apparent that no amount of reform will make a long-term difference unless the flood of young people entering the system can be stopped. Children in Texas are in trouble, and the future demands that priorities be reexamined to address prenatal care and prematurity, family violence, and dropouts, among other societal problems. This report represents the efforts of the Texas Commission on Children and Youth to balance the needs for a greater focus on prevention, a stronger response to juvenile crime, and greater community involvement. The first chapter sets forth members' vision and guiding principles and outlines six goals for efforts to improve children's services. The second chapter considers partnerships for change. The remaining six chapters each address one of the following goals: (1) fostering stable and nurturing families; (2) promoting the health of children; (3) ensuring school readiness; (4) guaranteeing school success; (5) deterring youth from crime; and (6) ensuring serious consequences for violent and habitual juvenile offenders. The Commission has made recommendations to implement the changes required by these goals, including suggested funding. Five appendixes provide details about the goals, the service delivery mission, educational indicators, and model programs. (Contains 117 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Children, Community Involvement, Delinquency, Dropouts, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Juvenile Justice, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Prevention, School Readiness, Social Problems, Social Services, Violence
Texas Commission on Children and Youth, Price Daniel, Sr. Building, Room G-04, 209 West 14th Street, P.O. Box 13106, Austin, TX 78711; fax: 512-305-8970.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Commission on Children and Youth, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas