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  • Children's Defense Fund's research, public education campaigns, budget and policy advocacy, and coalition building have contributed to millions of children gaining immunizations; health care; child care; Head Start; a right to education; adoptions; a chance to escape poverty; and protections in our child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. More than 400 CDF publications have educated millions about child conditions and what can be done individually and collectively to change things.  This website offers information on topics including: meeting children's needs; preventing poverty; advocating for children; engaging the faith community; as well as state and national data and facts related to education, jobless rates, poverty, youth crime & violence, and census data.

Child Welfare

Cultural Competence


General Information

  • Family Support America promotes family support as the nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families and places the principles of family support practice at the heart of every setting in which children and families are present.

Parent Education and Support

  • AAPD is the membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
    Our 5,800 members serve as primary care providers for millions of children from infancy through adolescence.

  • Birth To Three has brought new parents together since 1978 to share their parenting experiences, increase their knowledge of early childhood development, learn about community resources, and develop support networks among themselves.

  • Brazelton TOUCHPOINTS Center offers a series of links to noteworthy sites which may provide helpful, professional assistance on childcare and parenting questions.

  • is created by parents for parents. Millions of parents rely on the site's trusted homework help, parenting tips, and expert advice. Our advertisers and sponsors make it possible for us to offer this free, high-quality content.

  • Family Resource Centers are places where families, schools, and communities can come together to help children get ready for school. When families, school, and communities work together, children succeed.

  • The Family Resource Centers of Tioga County are community centers for families with young children through age five. They offer a free, nurturing play space and meeting area and provide learning opportunities and resources. Parent-child interaction, family development, and strong, healthy communities are promoted through FRCís collaborative partnerships with families, area organizations, agencies, businesses and government.

  • - Relationships parenting, pregnancy/babies, health, finance and lifestyle: Variety of articles and resources.

Policy and Systems

  • Ensuring Student Success Through Collaboration
    Issue Brief:  What Every Educator Should Know About The
    Changing Social Policy Landscape and Efforts to
    Ensure Student Success

  • The Finance Project offers a broad range of services that include: research and analysis; policy tool development; technical assistance; development of web based clearinghouses; management of major, multi-state initiatives; and developing peer and organizational networks. Find an array of published resources: including papers related to financing, governance and management in education, welfare reform; family and children's services and community building and development; published and unpublished reports and studies of federal, state and local financing, governance and management issues and strategies, prepared at the request of federal and state government clients, private foundations and other organizations.

  • National Governors Association provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment. The NGA Center provides technical assistance to Governors' Offices in the following areas: Governors' Children's Cabinets; Child and family services integration; Child welfare system reform; Child abuse and neglect prevention; Marriage and family formation;
    Children and welfare reform; Focus of Center Activities.  The Center also provides technical assistance to states as they design and implement policies and initiatives to improve outcomes for children and families, as well as track state policies and initiatives related to child and family well-being, including child welfare system reform and human services integration. Find related reports, issue briefs, meeting summaries, and other online documents.

  • The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization at Columbia University, whose mission is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families. Concentrating on the links between family economic security and child development, we research policies that promote three goals: Economically secure families; Children entering school ready to succeed; Stable, nurturing families.  Find research, facts and tools around; Economic Security, Early Child Care and Learning; Family Stability; Demographics.

  • National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, providing research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. To help legislators support families in their communities, NCSL tracks state and federal policies and programs in six areas: human services reform, early childhood care and education, child support, child welfare, family law, welfare reform and youth programs.

  • The Research Forum, at the National Center for Children in Poverty, is updated daily and features a searchable database of summaries of large- and small-scale research projects, key topics pages, resources pages, and lists of recent publications related to these issues.  Content available includes current and past Forum newsletters and a database of more than 300 projects. Policy explanations are also included, such as welfare reform reauthorization.

  • Together We Can, a national leadership development and capacity building initiative to strengthen children, youth, families and communities, works to strengthen and sustain the capacity of community collaboratives and state initiatives. TWC resources include: Community Collaborative Wellness Tool Kit; Building Community; Capacity Building Partnerships; The Community Agenda, a newsletter for community collaboratives; services and seminars as well as resources materials to develop the capacity of community collaboration; a comprehensive list of resource organizations supporting community collaboration; a bibliography of books, monographs, videos and articles; a Technical Assistance Network; a collaborative database housing community collaboratives from all over the country; as well as TWC and TWC Partner Publications.

Research, Model Programs, and Best Practices

  • The Center for the Study of Social Policy's mission is to promote policies and practices that improve the living conditions and opportunities of low-income and other disadvantaged persons.  The center's major work is organized into three related areas of general activity consistent with its mission - 1) Support to Practitioners: Technical Assistance Resource Center, Peer Technical Assistance, and International Learning;  2) Community Building: Community Decision Making, Community Child Protection, and Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education; and 3) Policy and System Reform: Non-Adversarial Child Welfare Reform, Policy Matters, Human Resource Management Reform, and financing.

  • The Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities, and how living in these communities affects the well-being of their residents.  The Centerís research is organized around four major areas: Welfare, Neighborhood and Community Change, Children and Families, and Community Safety.

  • Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC) produces a variety of reports, case studies, concept papers, and technical assistance tools related to Community Based Collaboration, Service Integration, and Comprehensive Services; Outcomes, Evaluation and Accountability; Early Childhood Systems and School Readiness; Frontline Practice; Investment-Based Budgeting and Return-On-Investment Analysis; Child Welfare, Outcomes, Contracting and Managed Care; and Welfare Reform and Workforce Development.

  • Children and Family Futures is a non-profit firm providing technical assistance and training, strategic planning, evaluation and development of effectiveness measures.

  • The Future of Children provides research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.  The Future of Children Journal offers comprehensive, cross-disciplinary articles focusing on issues related to children.  Topics include foster care, welfare reform, domestic violence, home visiting, child care, health care and school-linked services.

  • Harvard Family Research Project's (HFRP) research can be placed under two categories of study: family-school-community partnership and strategy consulting and evaluation.  Specific projects include: Out-of-School Time Learning, Family Involvement Network of Educators, Home Visit Forum, and Early Childhood Evaluation Project.

  • Evaluation Exchange - Harvard Family Research Project
    Emerging Strategies in Evaluating Child and Family Services

  • Kentucky Office of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC),  provides administrative support, technical assistance, and training to the local school-based Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. These Centers are designed to promote the flow of resources and support to families in ways that strengthen their functioning and enhance the growth and development of each member.

  • The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, which is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was established to collect, organize, and disseminate information on all aspects of child maltreatment.  The mission of the Clearinghouses is to connect professionals and concerned citizens to timely and well-balanced information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics regarding the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.  The Clearinghouse creates and updates numerous fact sheets, bulletins, organization resource lists, State laws summaries, syntheses of recent research, and other publications, as well as maintaining a searchable database of information resources concerning child welfare.

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, produces statistics, bulletins, fact sheets and other publications on youth and family issues.  Topics include: family strengthening, youth development, mentoring, school safety, child protection and juvenile justice.

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.

  • The Research Forum at the National Center for Children in Poverty - The Research Forum encourages collaborative research and informed policy on welfare reform, child and family well-being, and community/neighborhood issues. This web site, updated daily, features a searchable database of summaries of large- and small-scale research projects, key topics pages, resources pages, and lists of recent publications related to these issues.

  • School of the 21st Century (21C), based at Yale University, develops, researches, networks, and supervises a revolutionary educational model that links communities, families, and schools. There are currently over 1300 schools across the continental United States that are participating in the 21C program.