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  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year Two Annual Report (2016–17) (New)

    Published: August 10, 2018
    The Year 2 Annual Report describes results for participants in the second round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program (HPOG 2.0) from the beginning of the Program through the end of Year 2 (September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2017). HPOG 2.0 grants are awarded to organizations to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded this second round of five-year grants in 2015. Grants funds are disbursed annually to 32 grantees in 21 states, including five tribal organizations. Through the end of Year 2 of HPOG 2.0, grantees enrolled more than 14,700 participants.
  • Housing for Young Adults in Extended Federally Funded Foster Care (New)

    Published: August 7, 2018
    For many decades, child welfare agencies, with few exceptions, only served children. State responsibility for the safety and well-being of youth in foster care ended at age 18 (or 19, at the state’s discretion, in the case of youth who were completing high school). In 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act amended Title IV-E of the Social Security Act by giving states the option to extend the age of eligibility...
  • Enhancing a Home Visiting Program to Address Repeat Adolescent Pregnancy: The Early Impacts of Steps to Success (New)

    Published: August 6, 2018
    This report presents evidence on the early impacts of the Steps to Success home visiting program for adolescent mothers in San Angelo, Texas. Rapid repeat pregnancies can have adverse consequences for young mothers and their children and can compound the negative effects of adolescent childbearing. A small but growing body of evidence suggests that interventions for adolescent mothers can promote healthy birth spacing by providing a combination...
  • Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Participation in Social Services Programs: A Case Study

    Published: August 2, 2018
    This case study is designed to be a teaching guide for graduate and undergraduate students in behavioral science courses, as well as a resource for practitioners curious about this field. It is intended to help readers practice applying a behavioral diagnosis and design methodology to a real-world challenge: increasing attendance at an informational meeting...
  • Approaches to Providing Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: An Exploratory Study (New)

    The "Same-sex relationships: Updates to Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programming," or SUHMRE, project explored specific approaches that could foster inclusion of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programming. The final report describes data collection and analysis, through which a Framework for LGB Inclusive HMRE Programming was developed...
  • Encouraging Attendance and Engagement in Parenting Programs: Developing a Smartphone Application with Fathers, for Fathers

    Published: July 19, 2018
    Building Bridges and Bonds (B3), a study of Responsible Fatherhood programs, is testing a set of innovative approaches designed to help fathers advance their parenting and employment skills. One of these innovations is a new smartphone-based application called DadTime. DadTime is designed to support engagement...
  • Supporting the Use of Administrative Data in Early Care and Education Research: Resource Series

    Published: July 18, 2018
    This set of resources is intended to strengthen the ability of state/territory child care administrators and their research partners to utilize administrative data to address policy-relevant early care and education research questions. The resources are designed for researchers who are new to the analysis of administrative data...
  • Research and Evaluation Capacity Building: A Resource Guide for Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agencies

    Published: July 16, 2018
    Research and evaluation play an important role in supporting government agencies in making optimal policy, programmatic, and operational decisions. This guide provides an annotated list of selected...
  • Supporting the Psychological Well-Being of the Early Care and Education Workforce: Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education

    Published: July 12, 2018
    While many efforts to improve the quality of early care and education (ECE) have focused on increasing teachers’ and caregivers’ competencies and knowledge specific to the teaching of young children, a small body of research suggests that an ECE workforce that is mentally healthy can provide the best-quality care for children.
  • State TANF Policies - A Graphical Overview of State TANF Policies as of July 2016

    Published: July 12, 2018
    This brief is a companion to the 2016 Welfare Rules Databook and provides a graphical overview of selected state policy differences for TANF cash assistance. The policies are taken from the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a database maintained by the Urban Institute and funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Child and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services. The WRD...