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The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project: How Early Head Start programs are reaching out to kith and kin caregivers

Individual Author: 
Paulsell, Diane
Mekos, Debra
Del Grosso, Patricia
Banghart, Patti
Nogales, Renée

The Enhanced Home Visiting Pilot Project, funded by the Head Start Bureau in 2004, supports the quality of care that family, friends and neighbors—"kith and kin" caregivers—provide to infants and toddlers enrolled in home-based Early Head Start programs. This publication describes characteristics of enrolled children, families, and caregivers. It also details early implementation experiences of pilot programs based on site visits after one year of operation. (Author abstract)

Final impacts of the POWER Through Choices program: Impact report from the evaluation of adolescent pregnancy prevention approaches

Individual Author: 
Covington, Reginald D.
Goesling, Brian
Clark Tuttle, Christina
Crofton, Molly
Manlove, Jennifer
Oman, Roy F.
Vesely, Sara

This report presents the final impact findings from a large-scale demonstration project and evaluation of POWER Through Choices (PTC), a comprehensive sexual health education curriculum designed specifically for youth in foster care, the juvenile justice system, and other out-of-home care settings. Prior research indicates that youth in out-of-home care are at particularly high risk for teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and associated sexual risk behaviors (Dworsky and Courtney 2010).

The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Profiles of the random assignment projects

Individual Author: 
Martinez, John
Manno, Michelle S.
Baird, Peter
Fraker, Thomas
Honeycutt, Todd
Mamun, Arif
O'Day, Bonnie
Rangarajan, Anu

The transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, particularly youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other disability program benefits, can be especially challenging. In addition to the host of issues facing all transition-age youth, young people with disabilities face special issues related to health, social isolation, service needs, and lack of access to supports. These challenges complicate their planning for future education and work, and often lead to poor educational and employment outcomes, high risk of dependency, and a lifetime of poverty.

Implementation lessons from the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration

Individual Author: 
Martinez, John
Fraker, Thomas
Manno, Michelle S.
Baird, Peter
Mamun, Arif
O'Day, Bonnie
Rangarajan, Anu
Wittenburg, David

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is conducting the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) as part of a broader initiative to encourage disability beneficiaries to return to work. The demonstration provides youth ages 14 through 25 with employment-related services and waivers of certain rules governing the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs, including childhood disability benefits. The waivers augment existing financial incentives for beneficiaries to work.

Case management models for pre- and post-release employment services

Individual Author: 
Gutierrez, Ivette

The LEAP grants sought to create a stronger linkage between pre- and post-release employment services for justice-involved individuals. Case management—coordinating services for and working directly with clients—is an important aspect of that linkage. In the LEAP sites, interactions with case managers played a role in shaping participants’ experiences with employment services in the jail, and their engagement.

Psychometric analyses of child outcome measures with American Indian and Alaska Native preschoolers: Initial evidence from AI/AN FACES 2015

Individual Author: 
Malone, Lizabeth
Bernstein, Sara
Atkins-Burnett, Sally
Xue, Yange


AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first national study of Region XI AI/AN Head Start children and their families, classrooms, and programs. To date, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a major source of descriptive information on Head Start and preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the program. FACES gathers data from Regions I-X, the 10 geographically based Head Start regions, with the most recent round conducted in 2014.

Implementation and outcomes of competency-based education in three community colleges: Findings from the comprehensive evaluation of a TAACCCT grant (executive summary)

Individual Author: 
Person, Ann E.
Thomas, Jaime
Goble, Lisbeth

Competency-based education models allow students to move through material independently, advancing when they demonstrate content mastery. Proponents of competency-based approaches view them as a potential solution to student demand for flexible, career-relevant programs and to employer demand for skilled workers. This executive summary presents findings from the comprehensive evaluation of online, competency-based information technology programs offered by a consortium of three community colleges under a grant from the U.S.

The SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers™ demonstration pilot in Utah: Interim evaluation report, executive summary

Individual Author: 
Denny-Brown, Noelle
Livermore, Gina
Shenk, Marisa
Morris, Eric

The SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers™ (Pathways) initiative relies upon state-of-the-art employment strategies to enable people with significant disabilities to have an informed choice of competitive, integrated, full-wage employment options that match their individual skills, interests, and abilities. In this report, we document the activities of the pilot Pathways project in Utah and the experiences of participants from the time this pilot project launched in May 2012 through December 2016, the fourth full year of implementation. During that time, the project enrolled 91 participants.

Superutilization of child welfare, Medicaid, and other services

Individual Author: 
Weigensberg, Elizabeth
Cornwell, Derekh
Leininger, Lindsey
Stagner, Matthew
LeBarron, Sarah
Gellar, Jonathan
MacIntyre, Sophie
Chapman, Richard
Maher, Erin J.
Pecora, Peter J.
O'Brien, Kirk

Mathematica and Casey Family Programs have published the final report from a project linking child welfare and Medicaid data to conduct analyses to understand types of high service use and to identify factors predictive of high service use among children in foster care. The study identifies distinct types of high service users and how both child welfare and Medicaid data can be used to predict which children may be likely to experience high degrees of placement instability.

Finding a way: How income instability affects low income families

Individual Author: 
Mathematica Policy Research

This video explains how income instability affects families’ every day lives. It highlights opportunities for policymakers and program administrators to promote greater income stability and mobility through income support programs. The video proposes that policymakers and program administrators consider changes to eligibility determination and recertification procedures to promote stable incomes and reduce the cost of program administration.