The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Annie E-News August 2008
Building Family Economic Success
Still Working Hard, Still Falling Short
Many American families, despite working hard, earn incomes too low to achieve economic security. Still Working Hard, Still Falling Short, a follow-up to a 2004 report, found that an additional 350,000 working families were low-income in 2006 compared to 2002. Written by the Working Poor Families Project and funded in part by the Casey Foundation, the new report analyzes U.S. Census data and concludes that more than one out of four working families with children is low-income, and a total of 42 million adults and children struggle to get by. Learn more from the Working Poor Families Project or download the report.
   
New Report Tracks Economic Security of Children across the Continent
Globalization has contributed to rising incomes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico but has not improved economic security for many vulnerable children across the three countries, according to Growing Up in North America: The Economic Well-Being of Children in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Despite rising national income, many poor families in the United States slipped deeper into poverty. The study completes a series published by Casey as a partner in Children in North American Project, which highlights the well-being of children and youth in all three countries. Previous reports have explored health and safety issues and the challenges facing children in an era of globalization. Reports are also available in French and Spanish.
   
Diversifying the Economy to Create Jobs and Help Families Prosper in South Dakota
This story showcases the efforts of Miner County, South Dakota residents to reduce poverty and rebuild their economy. They’re working to increase employment opportunities and income by diversifying the economy, bringing in additional economic drivers compatible with the region’s strengths in order to retain families, and lure back others who’ve left. This includes pursuing environmentally sustainable job-producing opportunities in the green economy.


Investing in Education
New Education Podcast Series
Schools That Work is a video podcast series that features interviews with people on the ground in successful public schools that beat the odds to provide high quality education to low-income students. The podcasts were developed to accompany the Annie E. Casey Foundation's publication series, Closing the Achievement Gap, which features stories, results, and lessons learned over seven years.
   
The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades
Students must be present and engaged to learn, but thousands of this country’s youngest students are academically at risk because of extended absences in their early school years. Nationally, an estimated one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss nearly a month or more of school over the course of a year. This report, commissioned by the Casey Foundation, raises awareness of this issue, presents data on the scope of the challenge, and shares emerging insights about how to address it. An executive summary is also available.


Reforming Systems That Serve Children and Families
Detention Reform in Rural Communities
Although they grow up in a different landscape and culture than children in the cities and suburbs, rural youth suffer similar emotional and behavioral problems, and get embroiled in the juvenile justice system at similar rates. The latest report in Casey's Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative's Pathways to Detention Reform series details a variety of special techniques, tactics, and strategies that can help rural areas accomplish detention reform effectively.
   

Missouri Program Wins the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform
Missouri's Division of Youth Services was named the winner of the Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform, funded by the Casey Foundation. The Missouri program, noted for its approach in the treatment of juvenile offenders across 42 locations statewide, will receive $100,000 toward replication and dissemination of its program around the country. The program was highlighted in the 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book essay for its comprehensive approach to reform and its network of regional facilities that keeps youth close to their families. The awards program is administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

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