Thrive by Three initiative aimed to improve outcomes for children in Santa Cruz County

Thrive by Three initiative aimed to improve outcomes for children in Santa Cruz County

ASR is the evaluator of the Thrive by Three (TBT) Fund, an initiative launched by the County of Santa Cruz in 2017 to improve outcomes for the county’s youngest and most vulnerable children, prenatal through age 3, as well as their families.

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Preparing for the School Year - Transition Summer Camps

Preparing for the School Year - Transition Summer Camps

In partnership with First 5 Sacramento, earlier this year ASR analyzed the impact of transition summer camps on school readiness outcomes and found several key takeaways including that camps are serving those children with greater readiness needs than peers and that caregivers exposed to the program showed greater engagement levels in kindergarten preparation activities such as attending a parent orientation.

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Solano Oral Health Needs Assessment to Inform Action Plan for County

Solano Oral Health Needs Assessment to Inform Action Plan for County

The Solano County Health Promotion & Community Wellness Bureau commissioned ASR in spring of 2018 to conduct an oral health needs assessment in Solano County. This assessment will inform the county's action plan to improve oral health outcomes for its residents.

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Collecting Data For Impact, Not Headlines

 Collecting Data For Impact, Not Headlines

This blog post picks up from last week’s covering Homeless Point-In-Time Counts. As impactful as the federally required data for the Point-in-Time Count can be, many communities choose to identify additional factors affecting their neighbors experiencing homelessness. As planning for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count begins, ASR recommends the following tips to help communities prepare their survey materials.

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Makin' It Count (PIT Counts)

Makin' It Count (PIT Counts)

A growing economic divide, soaring costs of living, and a housing inventory shortage have contributed to nearly 135,000 individuals experiencing homelessness on a given night in California. While the issue can seem overwhelming and complex, understanding and estimating the size and scope of the problem is critical to efforts to end and prevent homelessness.

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Our house in the middle of ... a housing crisis.

Our house in the middle of ... a housing crisis.

In the final installment of our demography series, guest staff blogger, Dr. Penelope Huang, Ph.D., explores how the current housing crisis is impacting families, and ultimately California. She explores both the current exodus of families and individuals from the Bay Area to nearby suburbs and also to neighboring states. Beyond the financial burden felt by families, the health implications of uncertain housing are also considered.

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Hitting the Brakes on Our Economic Demise, or the Opportunity in Immigration

Hitting the Brakes on Our Economic Demise, or the Opportunity in Immigration

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.  


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Big Hair, Building Blocks, and Ballots: Vote for Our Youth This Election Season

Big Hair, Building Blocks, and Ballots: Vote for Our Youth This Election Season

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.

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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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