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  • Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma: A Research-to-Practice Brief (New)

    Published: March 27, 2015
    Research documents the high rate of exposure to trauma among infants and toddlers, particularly children living in high-poverty communities.  Beginning life in the context of trauma places infants and toddlers on a compromised developmental path.  This brief summarizes what is known about the impact of trauma on infants and toddlers, and the intervention strategies that could potentially protect them from the adverse consequences of traumatic experiences. Interventions that are...
  • An Overview of: “A Resource Guide For Head Start Programs: Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement” (New)

    Published: March 25, 2015
    This presentation provides an overview of: “A Resource Guide for Head Start Programs: Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement” which was developed as part of the Head Start Leadership, Excellence, and Data Systems (HS LEADS) project. The presentation includes information on the elements of the Resource Guide including the approach, identifies the audience for which it was intended, and covers a summary of information included in each section...
  • A Resource Guide for Head Start Programs: Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement (New)

    Published: March 25, 2015
    Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement is a resource guide to help leadership, management, supervisory, and data-focused staff in Head Start and Early Head Start programs (1) understand how data, including data they already collect, can help them achieve their program goals; (2) learn techniques for fostering a culture of learning in their organization; and (3) increase their ability to identify and address gaps and continuously improve their programs...
  • Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress: A Review of Ecological, Biological, and Developmental Studies of Self-Regulation and Stress

    Published: March 16, 2015
    This is the second in a series of four inter-related reports titled Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress.  The first report, Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective provides a comprehensive framework for understanding self-regulation in context, using a theoretical model that reflects the influence of biology, caregiving, and the environment on the development of self-regulation.  This second report, A Review of...
  • Blackfeet Community College Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program—Overview and Preliminary Outcomes

    Published: March 12, 2015
    This brief provides an overview of the Blackfeet Community College (BCC) Tribal HPOG program, key findings to date, and stories from students who have benefitted from the program. Findings focus on program structures, program processes, and program outcomes, and are based on qualitative data from interviews with administrative and program implementation staff, focus groups with the BCC students, and phone interviews with program completers and non-completers, as well as administrative...
  • Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations: Research Recommendations

    Published: March 12, 2015
    These research recommendation briefs were developed as part of a larger Needs Based Assessment that sought to discover what is known about low-income and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their interactions with human services, especially services funded by ACF, and identifies important areas for further research. The briefs are separated into three topic areas: low-income and at-risk LGBT populations, the child welfare system and LGBT youth and LGBT adults...
  • LGBT Populations: A Snapshot of the Knowledge Base and Research Needs

    Published: March 12, 2015
    These chapter briefs were developed as part of a larger Needs Based Assessment that sought to discover what is known about low-income and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their interactions with human services, especially services funded by ACF, and identifies important areas for further research. The briefs are separated into three topic areas: low-income and at-risk LGBT populations, the child welfare system and LGBT youth and LGBT adults, and LGBT youth...
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program—Overview and Preliminary Outcomes

    Published: February 27, 2015
    This brief provides an overview of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) Tribal HPOG program, key findings to date, and stories from students who have benefitted from the program. Findings focus on program structures, program processes, and program outcomes, and is based on qualitative data from interviews with administrative and program implementation staff, focus groups with the CITC students, and phone interviews with program completers and non-completers, as well as administrative data...
  • ACF OPRE News: Vol. 3, Issue 4 - February 27, 2015

    Published: February 27, 2015
    In this issue: We share findings from reports on 2-year-olds in Early Head Start, healthcare career pathways programs in two Tribal communities, work participation of TANF recipients, the development of self-regulation, & much more.
  • Improving Engagement of TANF Families: Understanding Work Participation and Families with Reported Zero Hours of Participation in Program Activities

    Published: February 25, 2015
    This  report describes the programmatic factors within the current TANF environment that may influence the numbers of work-eligible individuals or families with reported zero hours of participation, and promising strategies that state and local TANF agencies are using to encourage client engagement. The study identifies nine factors gleaned from communication with TANF administrators and direct service staff that appear to affect the number of families reported to have zero hours...

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