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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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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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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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The Mayor in Our Midsts

ASR has been pleased to be joined by the Mayor for the summer. Alvaro Zamora is a recently graduated student of Pajaro Valley High School who will be attending Brown University in the Fall and is just ending his year long term as the Mayor of the Watsonville Youth City Council, and a summer working as an intern for ASR. Sworn in by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in the fall of 2012, the Youth City Council is made up of 11 high school students throughout Watsonville who then selected Alvaro to be the mayor. As part of their duties, the council selected 3 issues to focus on, education, youth-oriented business, and public safety. It is the focus on public safety that will have particular relevance in the upcoming Youth Violence Summit.

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