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Kilburn, M. Rebecca; Cannon, Jill S. – Future of Children, 2019
In this article, M. Rebecca Kilburn and Jill S. Cannon report on First Born, a targeted universal home visiting program operating in over half of New Mexico counties. Created in a small town in response to a lack of support for pregnant women and new parents, First Born adapts features of other home visiting programs, responding to conditions…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Parents, Family Programs, Parent Education
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Altmayer, Christina; Andrade DuBransky, Barbara – Future of Children, 2019
Los Angeles County's experience, write Christina Altmayer and Barbara Andrade DuBransky, shows how a universal offer of assistance can establish a foundation on which public and private agencies can plan meaningful systemic reform--and spark incentives for greater, more effective investments in services directed to vulnerable families. The…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Parents, Parent Education, Partnerships in Education
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Dodge, Kenneth A.; Goodman, W. Benjamin – Future of Children, 2019
How do we screen all families in a population at a single time point, identify family-specific risks, and connect each family with evidence-based community resources that can help them overcome those risks--an approach known as targeted universalism? In this article, Kenneth A. Dodge and W. Benjamin Goodman describe Family Connects, a program…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Family Programs, Birth, Home Visits
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Phelps, Michelle S. – Future of Children, 2018
The United States' high incarceration rate gets a lot of attention from scholars, policy makers, and the public. Yet the most common form of criminal justice supervision is not imprisonment but probation--and that is just as true for juveniles as for adults. Probation was originally promoted as an alternative to imprisonment that would spare…
Descriptors: Crime, Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, Institutionalized Persons
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Brunson, Rod K.; Pegram, Kashea – Future of Children, 2018
Young people's encounters with the criminal justice system generally begin with the police. Officers' decisions about how to handle these encounters are affected by their on-the-spot assessments of young people's proclivity for delinquency, prospects for rehabilitation, and overall moral character. And because most police-citizen interactions…
Descriptors: Police, Delinquency, Decision Making, Racial Bias
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Turney, Kristin; Goodsell, Rebecca – Future of Children, 2018
A half century ago, relatively few US children experienced the incarceration of a parent. In the decades since, incarceration rates rose rapidly (before leveling off more recently), and today a historically unprecedented number of children are exposed to parental incarceration. In this article, Kristin Turney and Rebecca Goodsell review the…
Descriptors: Parents, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Children
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Schlesinger, Traci – Future of Children, 2018
In the context of juvenile justice, writes Traci Schlesinger, "diversion" can mean two things. Informal diversion includes police officers' decisions to warn and release, probation officers' decisions not to report violations, prosecutors' decisions not to prosecute, and judges' decisions to dismiss cases. Informal diversion sends youth…
Descriptors: Juvenile Justice, Racial Bias, Ethnicity, Disproportionate Representation
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Hirschfield, Paul J. – Future of Children, 2018
Children's school experiences may contribute in many ways to disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, writes Paul Hirschfield. For example, research shows that black students who violate school rules are more often subject to out-of-school suspensions, which heighten their risk of arrest and increase the odds that once…
Descriptors: School Role, Juvenile Justice, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students
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Gregory, Anne; Fergus, Edward – Future of Children, 2017
Beginning as early as preschool, race and gender are intertwined with the way US schools mete out discipline. In particular, black students and male students are much more likely than others to be suspended or expelled--punishments that we know can hold them back academically. These disparities, and the damage they can cause, have driven recent…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Equal Education, Discipline Policy
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McKown, Clark – Future of Children, 2017
In the push to boost young people's social and emotional learning (SEL), assessment has lagged behind policy and practice. We have few usable, feasible, and scalable tools to assess children's SEL. And without good assessments, teachers, administrators, parents, and policymakers can't get the data they need to make informed decisions about SEL.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Evaluation Methods, Definitions
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Greenberg, Mark T.; Domitrovich, Celene E.; Weissberg, Roger P.; Durlak, Joseph A. – Future of Children, 2017
Evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, when implemented effectively, lead to measurable and potentially long-lasting improvements in many areas of children's lives. In the short term, SEL programs can enhance children's confidence in themselves; increase their engagement in school, along with their test scores and grades; and…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Public Health, Evidence Based Practice
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Yeager, David S. – Future of Children, 2017
Adolescents may especially need social and emotional help. They are learning how to handle new demands in school and social life while dealing with new, intense emotions (both positive and negative), and they are increasingly feeling that they should do so without adult guidance. Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs are one way to help…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Adolescents, Adolescent Development
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Aldy, Joseph E. – Future of Children, 2016
Our failure to mobilize sufficient effort to fight climate change reflects a combination of political and economic forces, on both the national and the global level. To state the problem in its simplest terms, writes Joseph Aldy, future, unborn generations would enjoy the benefits of policies to reduce carbon emissions whereas the current…
Descriptors: Climate, Activism, Political Influences, Economic Factors
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McLanahan, Sara; Sawhill, Isabel – Future of Children, 2015
Marriage is on the decline. Men and women of the youngest generation are either marrying in their late twenties or not marrying at all. Childbearing has also been postponed, but not as much as marriage. The result is that a growing proportion of children are born to unmarried parents--roughly 40 percent in recent years, and over 50 percent for…
Descriptors: Marriage, Child Rearing, Well Being, Parent Child Relationship
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Ellen, Ingrid Gould; Glied, Sherry – Future of Children, 2015
In theory, improving low-income families' housing and neighborhoods could also improve their children's health, through any number of mechanisms. For example, less exposure to environmental toxins could prevent diseases such as asthma; a safer, less violent neighborhood could improve health by reducing the chances of injury and death, and by…
Descriptors: Housing, Neighborhoods, Obesity, Low Income
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