The Demographic Case for Investing in our Children, or Why We Should Have Listened to Whitney Houston

The Demographic Case for Investing in our Children, or Why We Should Have Listened to Whitney Houston

“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.

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Collective work is everything: A Q&A with Megan Joseph of Rise Together

Collective work is everything: A Q&A with Megan Joseph of Rise Together

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.

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First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education and Care Summit

First 5 California's 2018 Child Health, Education and Care Summit

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 >>

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School Readiness Data in Action

School Readiness Data in Action

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.

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How can we close readiness gaps?

How can we close readiness gaps?

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. 

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Measuring School Readiness

Measuring School Readiness

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.

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An Introduction to School Readiness

An Introduction to School Readiness

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.

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Using CAP Survey Data to Understand How Renters are Faring in our Community

Using CAP Survey Data to Understand How Renters are Faring in our Community

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

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How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

This week, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we conclude our series with 7 ways you and your organization can end youth homelessness.

 

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Building a movement to end youth homelessness

Building a movement to 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.

 

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Community survey of nearly 800 Santa Cruz County residents released today!

Community survey of nearly 800 Santa Cruz County residents released today!

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. 

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Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

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.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

 

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.

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Community Health Needs Assessments Partner Highlight with Mark Twain Medical Center

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.

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Trauma Informed Throughout the Bay Area: Project Thrive and Trauma Transformed

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.

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County Health Rankings and Ways to Improve Community Wellbeing

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.

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Innovating HUD Homeless Counts

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.

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5-Year Triple P Report Released!

5-Year Triple P Report Released!

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. 

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Stories from the Count

Because the event draws folks from all walks of life, many who have never met before, it provides the opportunity for volunteers and guides to meet new people, many from different walks of life. When teams come back to their deployment centers, we frequently hear lots of stories about their time during the count. Here is a little sampling of some of those stories:

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What is the Homeless Census and Survey?

ASR has worked with county organizations to conduct a Homeless Census and Survey since 1999 and is proud to have worked in counties throughout California and the country. All counties hoping to receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are mandated to conduct a count of all homeless persons living in their county

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