Children and Youth Related Research from Around the Nation

US-MapU.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits 82.3%, Report Finds: While the U.S. high school graduation rate rose to a record high of 82.3% in 2014, the nation is not on track to reach the goal of achieving a 90% rate by 2020, a study from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education finds. The annual update from GradNation found that while Iowa has achieved a 90% graduation rate and twenty other states are on track to do so by 2020, for the first time in four years the nation as a whole is not on track to meet the goal.

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DoEd, HHS Release Release Joint Guidance on Foster Youth

The Departments of Education and the Health and Human Services issue guidance to states, school districts and child welfare agencies on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting children in foster care.

The guidance aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law and support local local collaboration. This is the first DoEd guidance regarding provisions of the ESSA, Additional guidance is forthcoming. In addition, DoEd releases a letter to states and districts stressing the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement as they begin to transition to ESSA. Continue reading

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Education Dept. Releases $116M for School Improvement Grants

US-DeptOfEducation-Seal_LargeThe Education Dept. releases more than $113 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to continue efforts to turn around persistently lowest-achieving schools in 16 states.  

“When we launched this program at the beginning of the Obama Administration, we wanted to give states and school districts an opportunity to put unprecedented resources toward reforms that would increase graduation rates, reduce dropout rates and improve teacher quality for all students, particularly for those who most need good teaching to catch up,” said DoEd Secy. John King. “Together, we’ve made important gains, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done in transforming our lowest-performing schools. Continue reading

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DoEd Reaches Voluntary Settlement With District Over Transgender Student Rights

DeptOfEd_largeThe Education Dept.’s Office for Civil Rights agrees to an out-of-court settlement with Dorchester County School District Two in South Carolina after finding the district did not allow a transgender elementary school student restroom access.

DoEd found that the district had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which protects students from sex-based discrimination. OCR concluded that the district violated Title IX because the female transgender student was not given access to the girls’ bathroom as a result of her transgender status. Continue reading

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$4.75M to Improve Student Safety

US-DeptOfEducation-Seal_LargeAgency: Education Dept. (DoEd) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE); Program: Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) Program (CFDA Number 84.184C); Eligibility: Schools, state educational agencies (from a community that has experienced significant civil unrest.); Funding: $4.75 million award for two awards (no match required); Deadline: July 25. Continue reading

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ACF Funds go for Tribal, Alaska Native Early Ed-Child Care Partnerships

Agency: Health & Human Services Dept. (HHS); Admin. for Children & Families (HHS); Program: American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants (CFDA Number: 93.600) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OHS-HI-R11-1182); Eligibility: Schools, tribes, for-profits, universities, governments, faith-based groups and nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status; Funding: $3.6 million for seven awards (20% match required); Deadline: Aug. 25. Continue reading

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ACF Releases $135M Competition to Expand Early Education, Child Care Partnerships

Dept of Health and Human ServicesAgency: Admin. for Children and Families (HHS); Program: Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants (CFDA Number: 93.600) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OHS-HP-1181); Eligibility: State and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status, public housing authorities and for-profits; Funding: $135 million for 75 awards; Deadline: Aug. 24. Continue reading

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Solicitation Supports Migrant Child Welfare Program

Dept of Health and Human ServicesAgency: Administration for Children and Families (HHS); Program: Migrant and Seasonal EHS (Early Head Start)-Child Care and EHS Expansion Partnerships (CFDA Number: 93.600) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OHS-HM-1183); Eligibility: State, tribal and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, nonprofits and for-profits; Funding: $5.4 million for 10 awards; Deadline: Aug.  24. Continue reading

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NIC Funds Efforts to Aid Children of Jailed Parents  

Justice Dept logoNonprofit agencies and faith-based institutions can apply for a cooperative agreement to develop and field test a curriculum to train jail and state correctional personnel in ways to reduce the trauma on the children of incarcerated parents.  

Deadline: Aug. 8; Funding, $1.1 million. Continue reading

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$1.5M to Study Efficacy of Adolescent Child Immunizations

cdc-logoAgency: Health & Human Services Dept. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, CDC); Program: Improving HPV vaccination coverage among adolescent patients of VFC providers: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of the effect of including a consulting AFIX physician; Department of Health and Human Services (CFDA Numbers: 93.268) (Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-IP-17-002); Eligibility: Schools, governments, colleges, nonprofits businesses and tribes; Funding: $1.5 million for one awards(no match required); Deadline: March 30. Continue reading

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