The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available! The 25th edition of Casey’s annual report brings attention to the well-being of America’s children and examines how U.S. kids have fared since 1990. While the report notes gains in child health, safety and education since 1990, it also raises concerns about the development of children living in low-income…

Poverty, Ryan, and Reality

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-MN) first spoke about his latest proposal to reduce poverty in America, many in the human services field were skeptical, but optimistic. It’s certainly time to engage in a national dialogue around creating and strengthening opportunities for families, and this new set of recommendations is an improvement over the draconian budgets…

Infographic Thursday: Communities In Schools

For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Its mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The infographic below shows the model that Communities In Schools uses in order to…

Infographic Thursday: Accelerating Academics

This week’s infographic comes from the YMCA which has been a member of the National Human Services Assembly for most of NHSA’s 90 year history. Among many programs and services, the YMCA provides after-school programming for children and youth. Not only do after-school programs like the YMCA ensure the safety of children during unsupervised hours–preventing risky…

Expanded Learning Opportunities and Community Schools

How do community schools use local partnerships to increase learning opportunities for youth? One of our members, Communities in Schools, released their report detailing how learning in schools is expanded through supplemental programs that benefit students. These “Expanded Learning Opportunities” take place before, after, and even during schools, providing programming that occurs both on and…

Sequestration’s Impact on the Military

It’s important to realize that sequestration cuts that impact the military aren’t just coming from cuts to discretionary military spending. The problem with sequestration is that it puts through across-the-board cuts to all discretionary spending. Education, Science, Health, Military… the whole range of our nation’s best programs receive systematic cuts without regard to what those programs…