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Assessing the Quality of Programming

Partnerships for Strategic Impact created a one-pager to help organizations assess their quality of programming. In order for an organization to make the case that a specific impact is the result of programming they are providing in the real world, the authors breakdown what three things to look out for during an assessment.

Healthy Development Summit II Report

This report provides a summary of Healthy Development Summit II: Changing frames and expanding partnerships to promote children’s mental health and social/emotional wellbeing. The Summit assembled a diverse group of stakeholders together to generate ideas for new ways to move forward to promote young children’s positive mental health. The second of two summits, this summit focused on the application of the research to practice and policy across sectors of society; that is using what we know to inform what we do. As with the first summit, this Summit focused on early childhood (birth to age eight) because the science is very solid in early childhood development. The Summit also built on momentum for change from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act3 (2010), which has multiple components related to prevention and positive mental health that may provide new opportunities for promoting young children’s mental health. Finally, the Summit built on heightened public interest in mental health, particularly in young people, due to media and policymakers’ attention to school violence, bullying, and youth suicide.

Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report called Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. The 315 page document highlights the lack of access to high-quality early care and education for children in the United States, and proposes implementing a new financing structure to ensure that all children have the opportunity to access affordable education. The authors articulate their vision for a structure that will support the total cost of a high-quality ECE system. They hope the report will stimulate policy makers, practitioners, leaders, and all other ECE stakeholders to make the commitment to plan and implement the transformed and effective financing structure that we recommend here.

Ready by 21

Ready by 21 increases the capacity of leaders to achieve collective impact for children and youth by providing standards, proven tools and solutions, and ways to measure and track youth success.

Programs That Work

From 1998 to 2014, the Promising Practices Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities (www.promisingpractices.net) provided information on programs and practices that credible research indicated are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. This document contains the summaries of the Programs That Work section of the PPN website, as of June 2014, when the project concluded.

Housing Partnership Network Policy Team

The Policy team of the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) works with Congress and federal agencies to improve the effectiveness of housing and community development programs and ultimately the outcomes for our communities. HPN works across the spectrum of affordable housing needs from preventing homelessness to producing rental housing and providing for homeownership opportunities. They respond to community needs in urban, suburban and rural areas, as well as being committed to creating thriving neighborhoods and working for racial justice.

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