Without immigration, the up-and-coming working population of both the state and indeed the nation will not be enough to sustain current economic output in the near and far term. Immigrants have been critical to the social and economic fabric of this nation from its founding- now is the time to invite and encourage their participation and help in ensuring our joint economic and social well-being.
As we begin to understand the consequences of the declining birth rates discussed in the last blog post, we can leverage the projected slow growth of the population of school-aged children into the next decade, to position our state to make some significant investments in this diminishing resource now. Paying attention to and voting on propositions is one way to ensure investments early and often in our children and youth.
“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
I am a child of the 1970s, and was twelve years old when Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All was released in 1985, when perhaps more adults did believe that children were our future. Yet, many of us adults today may be unaware of how much truer these words are now than they were when I was a child, as we currently face a demographically-borne crisis that can only be addressed if we heed Whitney Houston’s words.
ASR is thrilled to share our Q&A with Megan Joseph, Executive Director of Rise Together Bay Area. Megan spent some time addressing questions regarding her passion for equity and collective work, the efforts of Rise Together, as well as also Leadership for Equity and Opportunity (LEO), a unique leadership development program developed by Dr. Monica Sharma.
ASR attended and presented, along with local First 5 experts, at First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit from April 10-12, 2018 in Los Angeles. Read summaries of the topics covered and check out the PowerPoint presentations >>
This blog post is the final installment of a four-part series about School Readiness.
In this blog post, we explore ways in which partners have used data gathered from school readiness assessments to turn the curve on readiness in their communities.
This blog post is the third of a four-part series about School Readiness.
How can we close readiness gaps? Given the implications of school readiness for future outcomes, it is critical to know where readiness gaps occur and what can be done to help close them.
This blog post is the second of a four-part series about School Readiness.
How Do We Measure Readiness? At ASR, we have been measuring school readiness in communities throughout California, as well as in Arizona, North Carolina, and Illinois, since 2001.
This blog post is the first of a four-part series about School Readiness.
According to many scholars and educators, school readiness is multifaceted and means that children are ready for school, families and communities are ready to support children’s growth and development, and schools are ready to accept children into their classrooms.
ASR has leveraged the power of profile data to build an interactive and dynamic dashboard that considers how our local renters are faring relative to their home-owning peers and county residents overall
This week, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we conclude our series with 7 ways you and your organization can end youth homelessness.
As our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series continues, this week we turn our attention toward efforts to end youth homelessness in the U.S.
Today marks the release of the 23rd annual Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project (CAP) featuring a community survey of nearly 800 of the county's residents.
On any given night in 2016, there were 35,686 unaccompanied young people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness across the U.S. Nearly one-third of these young people were residing in California. This week, in continuation of our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series, we examine some of the characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness.
In recognition of November as Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Applied Survey Research will be posting a series of blog posts highlighting the unique characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness, the challenges and successes found in responses to the crisis, and ways stakeholders can take action to prevent and end homelessness among young people in their communities.
ASR has a long history of conducting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). A favorite CHNA partner is Dignity Health’s Mark Twain Medical Center (MTMC) in Calaveras County. We have now completed the second consecutive Needs Assessment for MTMC. Check out this partner highlight to find out more about MTMC and our Needs Assessment process.
Learn about the recent Trauma Informed Systems (TIS) Community of Practice Kick Off hosted by Trauma Transformed and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the upcoming Trauma Informed System of Care Conference hosted by Project Thrive. In addition, find out more about the trauma informed movement in Santa Cruz with Project Thrive and across the Bay Area with Trauma Transformed in this article. These projects are unique and working to shape system of care policies and practices throughout the Bay Area.
Did you know that in the United States there is a 15 year difference in life expectancy based on where you live, your income, education, race, and access to health care? You can view information by county on the health ranking in your area with the recently released 2017 County Health Rankings. Find out more in this article on how to view the rankings and how your community can use the data to improve its health outcomes and wellbeing.
ASR focuses its community building efforts to end homelessness through peer-centric data collection that informs community action. Read about how ASR's processes have developed and evolved from 2005 to 2017. Article included media links to coverage from the 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time Counts.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County, released their 5-Year (2010-2015) report last Thursday (May 26th, 2016) highlighting the program's effectiveness of teaching practical, scientifically-proven parenting strategies in order to strengthen communication and relationships among families in Santa Cruz County.