ERIC Number: ED438032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Work: Strategies To Promote the Well-Being of Young Children and Families in the Context of Welfare Reform. Children and Welfare Reform, Issue Brief 6.
Cauthen, Nancy K.; Knitzer, Jane
This brief is one in a series on children and welfare reform that explores how states and communities can achieve the adult-focused goals of welfare reform and enhance the well-being of young children. Arguing that deliberate policy, program, fiscal, and collaborative strategies are needed to strengthen basic supports, promote young children's health and development, and address specialized child and family needs, the brief focuses on non-economic strategies to promote child and family development in the context of welfare reform. The brief is based on interviews with directors of child development and family support programs, statewide early childhood initiatives, state and local partnerships between early childhood and welfare programs, and Starting Points initiatives. The first section of the brief discusses why it is important to integrate child and family development perspectives with welfare reform implementation. The second section describes specific strategies and provides examples from initiatives and programs across the country. The brief concludes with a listing of four principles for promoting the well-being of young children: (1) enhance basic supports for all low-income children; (2) build on and adapt existing programs and policies; (3) recognize and address those families in need of intensive support; and (4) take a family perspective. (Contains 41 endnotes and organizational contact information.) (SD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Early Childhood Education, Family Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Poverty Programs, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
National Center for Children in Poverty, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032. Tel: 212-304-7100; Fax: 212-544-4200; Web site: http://www.nccp.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.