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Low-Income Families Bear the Burden of State Child Care Cutbacks
September 20, 2002
According to a new report from the Children's Defense Fund, growing state budget gaps have resulted in substantial cuts in childcare services for low-income working parents, adding thousands of children each year to waiting lists for care. What's more, the cuts not only jeopardize efforts to protect the health and safety of children, they also...
2002 Employee Health Benefits Survey
September 16, 2002
A new survey from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust finds that American workers are paying more for health insurance but receiving fewer benefits. Based on responses from 3,262 public and private firms of all sizes, the 2002 Employer Health Benefits Survey, findings from which appear in the...
Commonwealth Fund Quarterly
September 15, 2002
The latest issue of the Commonwealth Fund Quarterly (19 pages, HTML) focuses on the lack of adequate insurance coverage for elderly adults. The newsletter, which reports on the Fund's most recent work in the area of healthcare policy and practice, features articles and studies on the decline in employer insurance coverage for new retirees, the...
"Americans Give Back"
September 13, 2002
The Corporation for National and Community Service has rolled out a new ad campaign to inspire more people to volunteer through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs. The "Americans Give Back" public service announcements feature real volunteers who challenge others to become involved and direct potential volunteers to a toll-free recruitment...
One Year Later: September 11 and the Internet
September 11, 2002
Immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Americans in great numbers used the Internet to communicate with loved ones and to locate information and educate themselves about the terrible events of that day. One Year Later: September 11 and the Internet (65 pages, PDF), a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project,...
A Stateline.org Series: Strengthened States?
September 9, 2002
Stateline.org, a Web site for journalists, policymakers, and engaged citizens, has announced a series of articles called Strengthened States? that examines the response of individual states to terrorism since 9/11. The series addresses a range of issues, including the role of state motor vehicle agencies in combatting terrorism; civic education...
Congress Holds Session in New York City
September 6, 2002
The Annenberg Foundation in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, has donated $1 million to help cover the expenses of today's special session of Congress in New York City. The session, which originally was proposed by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), is intended to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, show support for the...
New Jersey Initiative
September 4, 2002
The New Jersey Initiative is a pilot project designed to analyze the management capacities of seven medium-sized urban and suburban New Jersey municipalities — the townships of Irvington, Franklin, Brick, and Old Bridge, and the cities of Elizabeth, Trenton, and Paterson — in an effort to understand the factors that best enable municipal...
Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Fifty States: 1998-2000
September 2, 2002
Using the latest USDA/Census Bureau figures, the Food Security Institute, a program of the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, has calculated the first comprehensive set of statistics on hunger in America for the three-year period from 1998 to 2000. The study, Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Fifty States: 1998-2000 (9 pages,...
Smart Choices, Less Traffic
August 30, 2002
As the inexorably growing traffic on America's highways contributes to increasing smog levels and global warming, more communities around the U.S. are offering environmentally friendly transportation alternatives such as clean bus lines, vanpools, bike paths, and safe sidewalks. The Sierra Club has released a new report on the topic, Smart...
KIDS COUNT Census Data Online
August 28, 2002
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has compiled indicators of child well-being from the 2000 U.S. Census and created an interactive online database. The site consists of data from the Census Short Form and is being updated weekly as the Census Bureau releases new data from the Long Form. Rankings on socioeconomic indicators...
Making Sense of Test-Based Accountability in Education
August 26, 2002
The "No Child Left Behind Act" passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2001 requires standardized tests for schoolchildren in all fifty states as a way to hold public education systems accountable and ensure that all children have the opportunity for a high-quality education. In response to the growing emphasis on testing, the RAND...
Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning For Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders
August 23, 2002
Strategic planning can serve as a catalyst in transforming and revitalizing nonprofit organizations and foundations by helping them clarify their missions and goals, target spending, and reshape programs and other operations. To lend a helping hand in the strategic planning process, nonprofit management consulting firm the Conservation Company...