The Council on Children and Families coordinates New York's health, education and human services systems as a means to provide more effective systems of care for children and families.
The Supplemental Poverty Measure: What is it?
A Better Way to #COUNTPoverty
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity, highlights the advantages of using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to gauge the effectiveness of government programs aimed at reducing child poverty. In New York state, the SMP child poverty rate decreases from 37 to 20 percent. Learn more about the data snapshot and safety net programs that support New York’s children.
A Two-Generation Approach
WORK PAYS: Are You Missing Out?
Did you know that 43% of New York children live in low-income families? Low-income translates to $44,700 for a family of four. Most low-income families have at least one parent who works, usually for minimum wage. The Council's WORK PAYS infographic details a new approach to reduce poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty.
2015 Infant Toddler Conference
Early Relationships are Key
The New York State Infant Toddler Conference is taking place in Poughkeepsie on January 12 & 13. If you missed it, you can access conference materials on the ECAC website at http://bit.ly/NYbabies. If you are on social media, please follow #NYbabies for current activities.
Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships - Preliminary Awards for NY
$22 Million for new Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships
The twelve organizations that received Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships will receive a total of $22,300,000. These funds will allow them to provide comprehensive early childhood education services to approximately 1,650 children birth to three years of age and their families. To be eligible, these families need have incomes at or below 100 percent of poverty.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice Briefs PreK-3rd Grade
New Practice Briefs AVAILABLE!
The New York State Education Department’s Office of Early Learning, New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, and the New York State Head Start Collaboration Office teamed up to highlight key features of high quality early childhood teaching for children from Prekindergarten through 3rd grade: the period of time when children acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards learning that will impact their long-term success in school and beyond.
Creating Opportunity for Families - a two-generation approach
A KIDS COUNT Policy Report
For many American families, every day is a juggling act involving work, child care, school and conflicting schedules. But for low-income families, the balls are more likely to fall, and the consequences can be dire when they do. A lack of reliable child care can mean fewer work hours or even a lost job. Weekly or daily shift changes require repeatedly stitching together a patchwork of care. Just getting to work is tough without dependable transportation.
Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
Addiction Can Happen to
Anyone, Any Family, at Any Time!
Did you know?
9 out of 10 people with addiction
started using substances before they turned 18.
Learn more about the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in New York State and what you can do to help at: http://www.combatheroin.ny.gov/
Education and Demographic Data Available on KWIC Mapping Tool
In July, the Council on Children and Families was awarded a Special Achievement in GIS Award for its Kids' Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse mapping tool at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego.
Map and download U.S. Census data and other data to portray population data for every boundary on KWIC. Map education data at both the school district and public school levels.
WHEN I MISS SCHOOL, MY OPPORTUNITIES DISAPPEAR…
Children who are chronically absent are often less successful in school. This new resource offers parents information and practical tips on how they can help their children cope better with school challenges that influence school attendance. The new site provides a comprehensive and simple online experience for how parents can support their children who may experience school anxiety, academic difficulties, bullying and health issues that affect school attendance. Visit the new site, share it with parents and colleagues and see resources for your community at www.everystudentpresent.org/resources.htm
Preschool funding for NY high need neighborhoods
Congratulations! New York’s successful effort to obtain the approximately $25 million per year Preschool Expansion Grant award was a collaborative effort of the State Education Department and the Early Childhood Advisory Council with significant support from the Governor’s Office and the Division of the Budget.
Download the NYS Community Schools Plan and RFP
NYS Community Schools Plan and RFP
The NYS Council on Children and Families, in coordination with the NYS Education Department, has developed a Program Overview and Grant Implementation Plan describing how New York State’s Community Schools initiative will be implemented. This Plan was adopted by Council membership on August 5, 2013.