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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2018
Federal funding for early childhood education and care promotes three overarching policy goals: (1) increasing children's access to services; (2) raising the quality of early childhood programs; and (3) fostering greater coordination among the many providers--public schools, center-based child care, home-based child care, Head Start, and more--of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Federal Aid, Access to Education
London, Rebecca A.; Standeven, Kirsten – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2017
Safe and healthy recess promotes a Culture of Health in schools by providing students time to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. The Issue: This brief describes elementary schools' experiences implementing a safe and healthy recess with the Playworks TeamUp program. Key Findings: (1) Playworks' TeamUp program can help…
Descriptors: Child Health, Health Promotion, Recess Breaks, Elementary School Students
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has set out to expand existing partnerships and form new alliances in order to take on the most pervasive challenges of our time: improving the health and well-being of everyone in America. It has formalized its commitment by bringing together its work under the thematic efforts of "Healthy Children,…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Child Health, Well Being, Health Programs
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016
Nearly 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, but early interventions in nutrition and physical activity can prevent that number from increasing. This snapshot explores how schools can enact policies to help students develop healthy habits early in life. The following topics are briefly discussed: (1) Why Target Schools?; (2) Early…
Descriptors: Child Health, Early Intervention, Eating Habits, Health Behavior
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016
Chronic absenteeism is a critical national problem that puts more than 6.5 million schoolchildren at risk for falling behind academically, dropping out of school, and serious long-term health, employment, and financial consequences. There is a growing movement among schools, states, and the federal government to address the underlying causes of…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Truancy, Special Health Problems, Dropouts
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015
A 20-year retrospective study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published in the July 2015 issue of the "American Journal of Public Health," suggests that kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit "social competence" traits--such as sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids--may be more likely to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Interpersonal Competence, Individual Development
Bryant, Rhonda; Harris, Linda; Bird, Kisha – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013
In 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created the Forward Promise initiative within its Vulnerable Populations Portfolio to place a strategic emphasis on the needs of middle school- and high school-aged young men of color. RWJF's goal is to strengthen educational opportunities, pathways to employment, and health outcomes for these…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Adolescents, Employment, Males
Chriqui, Jamie; Resnick, Elissa; Schneider, Linda; Schermbeck, Rebecca; Adcock, Tessa; Carrion, Violeta; Chaloupka, Frank – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013
This brief report updates data published in August 2010 from the most comprehensive, ongoing nationwide analysis of written wellness policies. It includes data from the 2006-07 through the 2010-11 school years, which were the first five years following the required implementation date for wellness policies. The major findings and trends presented…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, School Districts, Hunger, Nutrition
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013
Childhood obesity is a major public health challenge today, with complex roots interwoven into nearly every facet of American life. This poll addresses one narrow slice of this web: the challenges that families face during the "crunch time" of the work and school week, between 3 p.m. and the time children go to bed. Compared to the school day,…
Descriptors: Public Health, Caregivers, Obesity, Health Promotion
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013
Childhood obesity is a major public health challenge today, with complex roots interwoven into nearly every facet of American life. This poll addresses one narrow slice of this web: the challenges that families face during the "crunch time" of the work and school week, between 3 pm and the time children go to bed. Compared to the school day, this…
Descriptors: Obesity, Child Health, Physical Activity Level, Children
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
While it's known that education leads to better jobs and higher income, research also shows strong links between education and longevity, reduced risk of illness, and increased vitality and school success for future generations. Yet, changing demographic trends and rising college costs portend poorly for health. This brief examines the role that…
Descriptors: Youth, Paying for College, Health Conditions, Child Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
Elementary schools are faced with a challenge: boosting student learning in an era when students face far more than schoolwork-related difficulties. Too often today, kids enter the classroom contending with issues ranging from bullying and emotional trauma to family instability and economic hardship--which can lead to behavioral problems that…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Play, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
The federal school nutrition programs are the keystones to the diets of millions of American children. Schools have the opportunity to support healthy nutrition habits early in life by creating environments that encourage the consumption of healthy foods and beverages. This paper provides resources which offer general information about the…
Descriptors: Child Health, Nutrition, Dietetics, Federal Programs
Johnston, Lloyd D.; O'Malley, Patrick M.; Terry-McElrath, Yvonne; Colabianchi, Natalie – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
This report provides updated results from one of the most comprehensive studies of health-related policies and practices in U.S. public middle and high schools to date, which was released in August 2011. The major findings and trends presented in this report describe issues relevant to childhood obesity for four school years, from 2006-07 to…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Influences
Brown, Michael H. – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012
The Healthy Schools Program provides technical assistance to help schools engage administrators, teachers, parents and vendors in increasing access to physical activity and healthier foods for students and staff. Current grants run to September 2013. The program addresses two policy priorities of the Childhood Obesity team: (1) Ensure that all…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Physical Activities, Technical Assistance, Dietetics
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