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Youth Policy News - January 2014

January edition of Youth Policy News



NYC's SIB: Early Lessons

Early lessons are now available from the first operational SIB (social impact bond) in the United States, and the program financed by it, the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE).  ABLE aims to equip adolescents ages 16 to 18 incarcerated in the New York City jail system with the social and emotional skills to help them make better life choices when they leave jail, yielding financial savings to city government by reducing readmissions. A report from MDRC illustrates the merits and challenges of the approach, and touches on some important lessons that are beginning to emerge.

Critical Investments Should Include the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds

The latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up - but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.


The report sets forth three broad policy recommendations:

  • Support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children;
  • Increase access to high-quality birth-through-age-8 programs, beginning with investments that target low-income children; and
  • Develop comprehensive, integrated programs and data systems to address all aspects of children's development and to support their transition to elementary school and to related programs for school-age children.

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success includes data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation. 


Coming soon: 2014 Gubernatorial Elections

Gubernatorial transitions at the state level always provide critical opportunities to sustain and expand efforts for youth.  Be sure to keep track of what's happening in your state's executive offices, especially if you live in one of the 36 states and three territories that will hold gubernatorial elections this year. There are 31 incumbent governors eligible to run for reelection and eight incumbent governors who are term-limited or have announced they will not seek reelection. Click here to access information on candidates and state term limits, as well as a link to each state's elections website, provided by the National Governors Association. 

Database Tracks Child Care, Early Education Bills

The 2013 legislative session was a busy one, as lawmakers in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico introduced nearly 700 bills on early care and education. Of those, 174 became law in 38 states and Puerto Rico.  Lawmakers enacted comprehensive bills or bill packages to address multiple aspects of early care and education policy, including longitudinal student data systems, the early childhood workforce, appropriations and innovative financing for programs and services. 


As states move into the 2014 legislative session, remember to frequently visit the Child Care and Early Education Legislation Database, which tracks early care and education legislation for all states and territories. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. The database is updated on a biweekly basis and includes a section with introduced bills of note.

How much is your State spending on Children and Youth? 

A Feb. 4 webinar, Fiscal Mapping Tools for Children's Cabinets, aims to introduce state leaders to tools that can identify where resources are being spent for young people across the full range of developmental areas. Participants will learn about how fiscal maps can help inform decision-making, so that states can maximize their resources to achieve improved outcomes for children and youth.




Early Registration for the Ready by 21 National Meeting 

ends Jan. 31

Where should you be April 22-24? With hundreds of leaders from around the country will be at the Ready by 21 National Meeting, of course.  These leaders all have one thing in common: They seek new tools and strategies to ensure that all young people are Ready by 21 - ready for college, work and life.  Early registration ends Jan. 31. Find out more information, including a summary of the topics to be covered, and register today. 



For more information about Youth Policy News, contact Jenny Bonilla Moreno, Policy Associate at the Forum for Youth Investment, jenny@forumfyi.org, 202.207.3328



Publishing Date: 
January 10, 2014