School Violence Prevention

via the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives Recent tragedies in schools have motivated policy-making that is attempting to put an end to senseless violence. However, reactionary legislation that focuses on school building safety (e.g., security guards, metal detectors, surveillance cameras) or exclusionary discipline (e.g., suspension, expulsion, arrest) may have limited effectiveness, and may…

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: The United States of Aging

Today, we’re happy to be sharing three infographics, and they come from the  National Council on Aging, a member of the National Human Services Assembly. The infographics summarize some findings from NCOA’s new report, “The United States of Aging Survey Results 2014,” which explores different perspectives on aging preparedness. The report places emphasis on analyzing responses specifically from low-income seniors and socially-isolated…

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

by Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. Originally published in the Huffington Post. ALL KIDS come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let’s not exclude kids with disabilities–they have these assets as…

Grandfamilies

Did you know 2.7 million children are raised solely by their grandparents–without their parents–and 7.8 million live in households headed by their grandparents? How do grandparents feel about raising their grandchildren while their peers are enjoying retirement and taking cruises? One said, “I cruise too. I cruise to school. I cruise to the doctor’s office. I…

One in Four: America’s Housing Assistance Lottery [VIDEO]

Affordable housing is one of the key building blocks of financially secure and independent families. Those who spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing are considered “housing burdened,” and 8.5 million even spend more than 50% of their monthly income on housing. Unfortunately, just 1 in 4 families eligible to receive housing assistance…