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									                             May 2012

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Funding Sources                                                                       2
    Education/Positive Youth Development                                             2
    Health and Human Services                                                        10
    Workforce Development/Employment and Training                                    13

Nonprofit & Educational Resources                                                     15

Information/Best Practices/Research                                                   16
    Southeast Region/Pennsylvania                                                    16
    Early Childhood                                                                  17
    Education/Positive Youth Development                                             18
    Health and Human Services                                                        20
    Mentoring                                                                        22
    Parent Education                                                                 22
    Workforce Development/Employment and Training                                    25

Professional Training and Conferences                                                 29

                               FUNDING SOURCES


MADD Power of You(th) Video Contest
The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to prevent some of the 6,000 deaths that result each
year from underage drinking. Use your power to make a minute video or less for Mothers
Against Drunk Driving and enter it into our contest. The top five finalists will each win an iPad
and an all-expense paid trip for themselves and one guardian to Dallas in June 2012 for the Teen
Influencer Summit. A Grand Prize Winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip for
himself/herself and one guardian to Washington D.C. for MADD's National Conference in
September 2012.
Deadline: April 27, 2012

Target: Early Childhood Reading Grants
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants promote a love of reading and encourages young
children to read together with their families by supporting programs such as after-school reading
events and weekend book clubs. Maximum award: $2,000.
Eligibility: schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations.
Deadline: April 30, 2012

ING Unsung Heroes
Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S.
and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member
working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Award:
$2,000.00 to $25,000.00
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Teaching Tolerance Applications for Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive
Five K-12 educators will receive $1,000 in recognition of their success in meeting the needs of
students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds....
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Target: Arts and Culture in Schools Grants
Target Arts and Culture in Schools Grants help schools and nonprofits to bring arts and cultural
experiences directly to K-12 students. These programs must have a curriculum component.
Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: schools and nonprofit organizations.
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Gateway to College National Network Offers Funding for College/K-12 Partnerships to
Serve Out-Of-School Youth

The Gateway to College National Network has funds available to support up to ten partnerships
between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout
recovery program
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Teaching Tolerance Invites Applications for Award for Excellence in Culturally
Responsive Teaching 

Five K-12 educators will receive $1,000 each in honor of their success in meeting the needs of
students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. 

Deadline: April 30, 2012

American Honda Foundation: Grants for Education
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade
schools, and other youth-focused nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit youth and
scientific education. Maximum award: $60,000. Eligibility: schools and youth-focused nonprofit
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Dominion Virginia Power and the Dominion Foundation Offer K-12 and Higher Education
A total of $1.3 million is available for programs designed to help students in kindergarten
through college in Virginia and eleven other states in Dominion Virginia's service territory that
includes Pennsylvania.
Deadline: May 1, 2012

National Education Startup Challenge
Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-
profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to
address one of four challenges to educational success. If you are in 6th grade through
postsecondary or an out-of-school youth, you are eligible to participate. Winning students will be
celebrated by senior White House and Department of Education officials and may qualify for
additional recognition opportunities.
Deadline: May 1, 2012

American Honda Foundation
The Foundation supports projects with a focus on math, science, the environment, and
technology. It also supports youth job training programs. Grants typically range from about
$10,000 to $75,000. For grant guidelines, schools should send a self-addressed stamped envelope
to: American Honda Foundation, P. O. Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509-2205.

Deadline: May 1, August 1 and November 1. Note: If the staff receives preliminary
proposals a month before the deadline, they can provide feedback in time for applicants to
make changes and still meet the deadline.
21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC)
2012-15 Request for Proposal (RFP) and the opening of the 2012-13 eGrants online
application. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide
academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for students who attend high-
poverty and low-performing schools. Program Guidelines and Application for Funding HERE.
Deadline: May 4, 2012

State Farm Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-based-learning projects that address the
root causes of the following issue areas: access to higher education, financial literacy,
community safety, and social health & wellness. The maximum award is $100,000. Nonprofit,
tax-exempt organizations are eligible for funding to the extent that they collaborate with and
engage K-12 public school curriculum and achievement as part of the grant.
Deadline: May 4, 2012

NCTM: PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants
Grants provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university
faculty, pre-service teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding
of mathematics in PreK-8 classroom(s). Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a
team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle-school teachers, and pre-service
teachers from the undergraduate ranks. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the
research project, the expected impact on teaching/learning in the school setting, and anticipated
improvements in pre-service student learning. Grant funds should be used to support project
expenses to plan and carry out the action research. Maximum Award: $3,000. Eligibility:
current (as of April 27, 2012) full individual or e-members of NCTM or those teaching at a
school with a current (as of April 27, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The
participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the
undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some
form of practicum experience or student teaching.
Deadline: May 4, 2012

Libri Foundation: Books for Children Grants
The Libri Foundation Books for Children Grants donate new, quality, hardcover children's books
for small, rural, public libraries across the country. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Libraries
should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department.
The average total operating budget of Books for Children grant recipient must be less than
Deadline: May 15, 2012

ING Run For Something Better National School Awards
With the goal of empowering school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and
maintain a healthy lifestyle, ING Run For Something Better (IRFSB), in partnership with the
National Association For Sport And Physical Education (NASPE), has developed a school-based
running program. Each year ING Run For Something Better National School Awards Program
provides a minimum of (50) grants up to $2,500 for each school that desires to establish a school
based running program or to expand an existing one. Through activity plans created by NASPE,
the Awards Program offers children a healthy start to life and fosters their desire to exercise
before obesity ever begins.
Deadline: May 15, 2012

Entertainment Software Association: Grants for Youth Programs

The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting geographically diverse projects and programs
that benefit American youth of all races and denominations and make a difference in the quality
of their life, health and welfare. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the
interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities, and
supports. Maximum award: $50,000.
Deadline: May 15, 2012

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Literacy Grants
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public libraries
providing adult and family literacy programs and summer reading programs in states in where
Dollar General operates.
Deadline: May 16, 2012

100 Best Communities for Young People
The 100 Best Communities for Young People competition rewards and recognizes communities
making extraordinary efforts to reduce dropout rates and provide outstanding services and
supports to their youth. A grant of $2,500 will be given to every community that is named one of
the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The $2,500 grant can be used to help fund a local
program or service, within certain parameters, or be used for a local event to celebrate the win.
This grant package includes national and local media exposure, a commemorative trophy, road
signs, a media relations toolkit and on-call support to help in announcing your win to the
community, a one-year subscription to a leading online grant search service, and much more.
Deadline: May 17, 2012

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment

The Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects that encourage innovative programs that
empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve
environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500.
Deadline: May 31, 2012

PTO Today: Parent Group of the Year Contest

PTO Today's Parent Group of the Year Contest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your
hard work while giving your school the chance to win cash and prizes. Maximum award: $3,000,
plus a free DIRECTV system for the school, installed in up to eight rooms (valued at $3,500).
Eligibility: all parent groups -- PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and private schools; rural,
suburban, and urban schools.
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Special Olympics Project Unify Grants
The goal of Project UNIFY is to activate youth around the country to develop school
communities where all young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity, and
advocacy with and for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and
initiatives of Special Olympics. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 12 to 20, or a
current undergraduate student in college. A Special Olympics North America program is
required to be your main partner organization. Projects must demonstrate the core essence of
service learning. Budgets for projects can range from $100 to $5,000.
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation gives back to communities by partnering with community groups and
sponsoring local efforts to protect the environment, promote education, and support cultural and
athletic events, especially for youth. Coca Cola's grant guidelines are available by clicking here.
Deadlines: June 1, September 1, and December 1.

Pioneer Drama Service - Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants
The goal with these grants is to create and support school theatre programs, generating positive
opportunities for students and giving them a place to shine. theatre allows children to involve
themselves in an experience that brings growth, maturity, teamwork and responsibility —
qualities that are relevant to all aspects of life.
Deadline: June 30, 2012

MetLife/NASSP: Breakthrough Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation are calling
for entries in the search for the nation's top Breakthrough Schools. Honorees will be chosen
based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of
NASSP's Breaking Ranks II publication: collaborative leadership; personalization; and
curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Maximum award: $5,000 recognition in the
association's monthly magazine, Principal Leadership. Eligibility: high-achieving middle and
high schools with 40 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced priced meals.
Deadline: June 30, 2012

NSTA: New Science Teacher Academy
The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Foundation is a professional development initiative
created to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom
excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Maximum award: program expenses.
Eligibility: middle or high school science teachers entering their second or third year of teaching,
working a schedule with 51 percent of their classes in science.
Deadline: July 1, 2012

William T. Grant Scholars Application Guide Now Available
The Scholars Program supports the professional development of early-career researchers from
diverse disciplines, who have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research and
are seeking to expand their skills and expertise. Each year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars
are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period. Additional
information about the Scholars Program is available on the website.
Due Date: July 3, 2012

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation - Child Development Grants
The Foundation has two basic purposes — to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and
spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about innovative
organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and to contribute to the physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge
already possessed by well-established organizations, so that such information can be more
adequately used by society. Award amounts vary. Grants are awarded to nonprofit, tax-exempt
organizations that have the potential of helping American children in more than one state.
Deadline: July 15, 2012

ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is seeking nominations for its
Outstanding Young Educator Award, which recognizes a teacher under the age of 40 who
demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the
classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. Maximum award: $10,000; ASCD
institutional membership. Self-nominations accepted.
Deadline: August 1, 2012

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership

The National Association of Independent Schools seeks to bring together one school from the US
and one school from outside of the US. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together
throughout the fall 2012 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem.
Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard's book, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20
Years to Solve Them. Maximum award: international cooperation and collaboration between
youth. Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private.
Deadline: August 17, 2012 es/index.cfm?ItemNumber=147262

Mickelson/ExxonMobil: 2013 Teachers Academy
The Mickelson ExxonMobil 2013 Teachers Academy offers a program designed to provide
third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students
to pursue careers in science and math. Maximum award: all expenses paid five-day program in
July 2013. Eligibility: third- through fifth-grade teachers from all over the United States.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Humane Society of the United States: Education Mini-grant

The Humane Society of the United States is now accepting applications for the 2012 Humane
Education Mini-Grant, designed to fund innovative humane education opportunities in K-12
classrooms. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all certified K-12 teachers in the U.S.
Deadline: November 30, 2012

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas: Community Development: We support the
improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that: 1) Create and
sustain affordable housing, 2) Facilitate financial literacy and empowerment, 3) Provide job
training and workforce development, and 4) Revitalize and stabilize communities; Education:
We support organizations that: 1) Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income
students, and 2) Eliminate the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education.
Deadline: January 1 to November

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage
excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility:
current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12
classroom educators. Maximum award: $200.
Deadline: Rolling

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The trust seeks to foster healthy development and future independence by increasing
opportunities for children and youth (ages 0-25). Among the programs of greatest interest to the
Trust are those offering direct services to disadvantaged children and youth such as Academic
enrichment and support, Mentoring and youth leadership programs, and Recreational programs
and camps incorporating youth development objectives. Award varies.
Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry Required)

Elmer's and Kids In Need Foundation K-12 Teacher Grant Program
Approximately two hundred and fifty grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to accredited K-
12 teachers in the United States for classroom projects to be completed during the 2012-13
school year.
Deadline: TBA

Do Something Seed Grants
Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? Do you need
money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week
to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and
programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the
first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and
sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to
expand your project and grow your impact.
Dead: Ongoing

Everyday Young Hero Award
Awarded weekly to a young person from around the world who exemplifies an extraordinary
commitment to service, the Everyday Young Hero Award program is open to youth ages 5-25.
Nominations must come from a parent, teacher or other adult mentor. Winners are announced in
the NSB, featured on YSA's website and showcased within its social media outlets. Everyday
Young Heroes also receive a certificate, award and press release. Nominate a young person you
know to be recognized as an Everyday Young Hero
Deadline: Ongoing

Intel Education PC & Model School Program
Intel's Education PC Program gives teachers, staff, students, and parents the opportunity to
purchase high-quality educational computers at discounted prices. Schools and school districts
are eligible. Schools are eligible to apply for Intel's Model School Program, which gives every
school in the United States the chance to apply for potential seeding of equipment.
Deadline: Ongoing

Digital Wish Grants
Digital Wish is now offering a program that matches teachers with donors. To find a donor,
teachers must build a wish list of Digital Wish classroom technology products. Teachers may
then tell their stories and share their lesson plan ideas. Prospective donors can review a
classroom profile and donate funding or purchase a wish list item for a school. After each
technology purchase, Digital Wish will automatically donate an additional 2-10% in immediate
cash-back funding to the recipient school to fund their next technology project.
Deadline: Rolling Grants will be awarded on the 28th of every calendar month.)
Heather Chirtea, (802) 375-6721

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The Trust seeks to foster healthy development and future independence by increasing
opportunities for children and youth (ages 0-25). Among the programs of greatest interest to the
Trust are those offering direct services to disadvantaged children and youth such as Academic
enrichment and support, Mentoring and youth leadership programs, and Recreational programs
and camps incorporating youth development objectives.
Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry Required)
Click Here.

Campbell's: Labels for Education
The Campbell's, Inc. Labels for Education program gives schools free educational equipment in
exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Schools or
parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Deadline: N/A

                      HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Eileen Fisher Activating Leadership Grant Program for Women and Girls

Grants of $5,000 or more will be awarded to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for programs
designed to activate leadership qualities in women and girls.

Deadline: April 25, 2012

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant Requests From Nonprofit Organizations
Addressing Housing Issues

Funding is available to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations working at the local and national levels
to provide and/or support foreclosure counseling and mitigation, neighborhood stabilization, and
the development of affordable housing.
Deadline: April 30, 2012

American Legacy Foundation Invites Applications for Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Two undergraduate or graduate scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students in
recognition of their work to raise awareness of tobacco's harmful impact among vulnerable
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Mary Kay Foundation Applications for Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States that operate emergency
shelters (immediate overnight housing) for survivors of domestic violence.
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency
 OJJDP FY 2012 Mentoring Best Practices Research Modification 1

This program seeks to enhance what is understood about mentoring as a prevention strategy for
youth who are at risk of involvement or already involved in the juvenile justice system. While
mentoring appears to be a promising intervention for youth, more evaluation work is needed to
further highlight the components of a mentoring program that are most effective. Research is
also needed to demonstrate the specific components of mentoring programs that have a
significant impact in reducing juvenile delinquency and offending. This solicitation seeks to fund
research studies that will inform the design and delivery of mentoring programs. OJJDP expects
that the results of this effort will encourage a more effective utilization of resources as well as
enhance the implementation of evidence-based best practices for juvenile mentoring.
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency
 OJJDP FY 2012 Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration
Program - Modification 1
A growing number of communities have adopted multi-strategy, multi-disciplinary approaches to
reduce the violence that has adversely affected youth, families, and neighborhoods across
America. This program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local
partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants
2012 Call for Proposals
Twenty grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to organizations and agencies working to
implement policy or system changes to address social or economic factors that influence health
outcomes in their community.
Deadline: May 2, 2012 (Brief Proposals)

Serving Adult and Youth Ex-Offenders through Strategies Targeted to Characteristics
Common to Female Ex-Offenders - SGA-DFA-PY-11-12
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the
availability of approximately $12 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Investment
Act (WIA) to award approximately eight grants to serve adult and youth ex-offenders pre- and
post-release. Services to be funded will be targeted to female ex-offenders, but must also be open
to eligible male ex-offenders. Applicants may submit only one proposal for up to $1.5 million,
with the amount requested depending on the number of participants to be served. These grants
will cover a 30-month period of performance that includes up to six months of planning and a
minimum of 24 months of operations.
Deadline: May 4, 2012

Full Announcement (pdf format) 

Department of Health and Human Services - Food & Drug Administration
 - The Tobacco
Regulation Awareness, Communication, and Education Program (U1A) Grant
The purpose of the Tobacco Regulation Awareness, Communication, and Education Program is
to assist entities to establish or expand health education and communication programs at the
community level congruent with the Tobacco Control Act. The Program will advance public
health by supporting community-based programs that work to identify and disseminate evidence-
based, community-level best practices and improving access to standardized, community-level
data. Strong applications will seek to educate and communicate to 1) promote the understanding
of the consequences of tobacco use through individual and community actions; 2) protect youth
from the dangers of tobacco use; and 3) increase cessation among those who use tobacco
products. Funding recipients must implement a comprehensive public education and/or
communication program that addresses federal tobacco regulations and the public health goals
which flow directly from them, as identified in the applicant’s needs assessment and that will
improve health outcomes for members of target population(s).
Deadline: May 9, 2012

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
on the Link Between Victimization and Offending Grant

NIJ seeks proposals to conduct research that enhances the knowledge of the relationship between
victimization and offending, with an emphasis on criminal incidents or events. NIJ encourages
applicants to submit proposals for bold, innovative approaches to enhance the understanding of
processes linking criminal offending and victimization.
Deadline: May 29, 2012

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
Victimization Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities Grant
NIJ seeks proposals for research on the violent victimization experiences of racial and ethnic
minorities. NIJ’s goal is to advance the body of research on this topic by examining the causes
and correlates of differential victimization rates among these diverse populations, including
demographic and socioeconomic risk factors. The research should take into account the
argument that there is no single cause of violent victimization. Rather, it should consider
multiple risk factors that contribute to racial/ethnic minorities’ victimization, including
individual, situational, family, school, peer, and community factors.
Deadline: May 29, 2012

Avon Foundation and Institute of Medicine Announce Global App Challenge to Help
Prevent Domestic Violence Against Women and Children

Four prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded to teams of individuals from the fields of domestic
violence prevention and communications technologies working on mobile- and Web-based apps
designed to help prevent domestic violence.
Deadline: May 31, 2012 (Team Registration)

Grants to Improve the Well-being of Young Children Through Systems Collaboration
The Children’s Bureau recently announced discretionary grants for Early Education Partnerships
to Expand Protective Factors for Children with Child Welfare Involvement. Authorized by the
Adoption Opportunities Program (P.L. 111-320), these grants fund demonstration projects to
improve the socio-emotional and behavioral well-being of young children who are in or at risk of
entering foster care or are receiving post-adoption services.
Deadline: June 11, 2012
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Home Depot Foundation Applications for 2012 Community Impact Grants Program
Grants of up to $5,000 in the form of Home Depot gift cards are available for projects run by
community volunteers designed to improve housing for veterans....
Deadline: August 13, 2012

Build-a-Bear - Children’s Health & Wellness Grants
The purpose of this funding is to provide direct support for children in the areas of health and
wellness such as childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations and
organizations that serve children with special needs. Previous winners include Adoptions
Together, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth, Mississippi Food Network, The
Center for Grieving Children, and Youth Emergency Services and Shelter. Multiple grants of
$5,000 will be awarded to select applicants. Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada are
eligible to apply.
Deadline: August 31, 2012


Serving Juvenile Offenders in High-Poverty, High-Crime Communities
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL), Employment and Training Administration
(ETA), announces the availability of approximately $20 million in grant funds authorized by the
Workforce Investment Act for four grants to serve juvenile offenders, ages 14 and above, in
high-poverty, high-crime communities. The purpose of these grants is to improve the long-term
labor market prospects of these youth. These grants will be awarded through a competitive
process open to organizations with the capacity to implement multi-site, multi-state projects. The
Department expects to award four grants of $5 million each to cover a 32-month period of
performance that includes up to 6 months of planning and a minimum of 26 months of operation.
The 26 months of operation includes 3-4 months for follow-up services. Grantees may provide
follow-up services to some participants while providing direct services to others. DOL will
require grantees to competitively select local sub-grantees to operate the program in a minimum
of three high-poverty, high-crime communities in at least two states.
Closing Date: May 1, 2012
Full Announcement (pdf format) 

YouthBuild Grants - SGA-DFA-PY-11-06
The Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the
availability of approximately $75 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions
of the Workforce Investment Act [29 USC 2918a]. YouthBuild grants will be awarded through a
competitive process. Under this solicitation, DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee
the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to
disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their
communities. Based on FY 2012 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 5,210 participants
during the grant period of performance, with projects operating in approximately 75
communities across the country.

Deadline: May 8, 2012

Full Announcement (pdf format) 

Senior Community Service Employment Program National Grants for Program Year (PY)
2012 - SGA-DFA-PY-11-04
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the
Department) announces a grant competition for national grantees funded under the Community
Service Employment for Older Americans program, authorized under title V of the Older
Americans Act (OAA) as amended in 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-365. This program is commonly
referred to as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Approximately
$346,000,000 in grant funds will be available for national grantees.

Deadline: May 10, 2012
Full Announcement (pdf format)
 Appendix A (Word format)
 Appendix B (Word format)

Eileen Fisher Invites Women Entrepreneurs to Apply for Business Grant Program

Applications for five grants of $12,500 are sought from wholly women-owned businesses that
combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation to create new
businesses or invigorate existing ones..

Deadline: May 15, 2012


GrantStation - An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the
world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other
valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed
fundraising decisions.
• Sign up to receive the weekly GrantStation Insider from and Youth
       Service America with news about new funding programs, upcoming deadlines,
       conferences, seminars, and more.
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       resources for non-governmental (NGO) and nonprofit organizations working

GrantWatch - Lists current federal government grants, state grants, city grants, local grants,
foundation grants, corporation grants, educational grants, international grants and grant

GrantWrangler - A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for
school funding.

 YouthToday Grants Today - A national source for news, views and important
developments in the youth service field from a nonprofit

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Funding Opportunities - Information on
current funding opportunities in the service-learning and national service communities

Grants Alert - A website dedicated to making life a little easier for those who devote their
time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their
organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

ACF Releases Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based
The Administration for Children and Families has released a Guide to Resources and
Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. This guide is an important
component of our effort to inform the public about ACF's wide range of programs and
resources. It provides an overview of the agency, basic information about finding and
applying for federal funds, specific information about ACF’s grant opportunities, and
numerous resources and toolkits available for any community or faith-based organization.



Philadelphia Schools To Update Career Education Program
The Philadelphia Inquirer (4/12, Graham) reports, "The Philadelphia School District wants to
revamp career and technical education - eliminating outdated programs, beefing up existing ones,
and adding offerings in high-growth, 21st century job areas." Chief Academic Officer Penny
Nixon said that many of the current programs "don't lead to state certification," some of them
"aren't rigorous enough, and the district's offerings often don't match high-growth career areas."
She added that "the district wants to focus on 'eds and meds.'" Nixon said "the plan must address
issues of equity...and there must be better access to such programs for English language learners
and special education students."

Fattah Announces $500000 Grant for Philadelphia CORE Scholarships
The matching grant, from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of
Community Services, will allow College Opportunity Resources for Education (CORE)
Scholarships to target low-income and disabled students and families and recent high school
graduates up to age 21.

Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee Approves Special Education Bill
The Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News (3/7, Murphy, 73K) reports that the Pennsylvania "Senate
Education Committee approved legislation that would establish a 12-member House-Senate
commission to develop a distribution formula for new state special education funding." Under
the bill, "More funds would be allocated for students requiring higher levels of service."
Additionally, the bill sponsored by State Sen. Pat Browne (R) "would move away from the
current formula's built-in assumption that all districts have the same percentage of special
education students."

Pennsylvania Middle School Student Sues District Over Drug Testing
The AP (3/22) reports that the ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Peach Bottom,
Pennsylvania, middle school student "over a drug testing policy that's required if she
wants to participate in choir and other activities." The ACLU says "the policy violates
privacy rights under the state constitution and want a county judge to prevent the Solanco
School District from enforcing it. The lawsuit says the Peach Bottom sixth-grader at
Swift Middle School was removed from the orchestra and chorus, and can't participate in
athletic or academic teams, because she won't consent to having her urine screened on a
random basis by school officials."

Pennsylvania Dept of Education - Academic Achievement Report

School Performance Index (SPI) - The School District of Philadelphia -

Pennsylvania Nominates Green Ribbon Schools
The Philadelphia Inquirer (3/27) reports in its "Neighbors" blog that Radnor Middle
School in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, is one of four schools in the state to be
nominated for ED's "inaugural Green Ribbon Schools Award," noting that "Radnor and
its fellow Pennsylvania nominees, A.W. Beattie Career Center, Thaddeus Stevens
Elementary School and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, were among 47 public and
private schools in the state to submit applications for the honor. They received
notification of their nomination on Thursday, March 22." The Inquirer notes that the
program "seeks to recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect health,
feature sustainable learning spaces and encourage environmental awareness and
community engagement among other green-related education initiatives."

                                   EARLY CHILDHOOD

Survey: Most Teachers Say Rigorous Pre-K Academics Counterproductive
Julie Rasicot writes at the Education Week (4/5) "Early Years" blog that according to a survey of
educators conducted by "The Source for Learning and the National Head Start Association," a
majority of respondents said that there should be no focus on rigorous academics in pre-K
education. "In fact, setting rigorous expectations for preschoolers often results in pushing
inappropriate academic content into early learning. And trying to meet those higher expectations
isn't likely to prepare kids for success in school." The piece notes that the groups say that the
survey is an effort to spark debate on unified school readiness standards.

Study-Chronic Early Education Absenteeism Predicts Future Low Performance
Julie Rasicot writes at the Education Week (3/22) "Early Years" blog that according to a new
study from the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, "prekindergartners and kindergartners
who are chronically absent are more likely than regularly attending students to continue to miss
school in later grades and to be held back by grade 3." Rasicot details the study's methodology,
adding that researchers "found that one-half of early learners who were chronically absent in pre-
K and kindergarten continued to miss as much school the following year. More than a quarter of
those chronically absent children were retained by grade 3." However, "Head Start students
maintained better attendance records when compared with similar kids."

Report Points Out Impact Of State Pre-K Funding Cuts
Coverage continues today of the new report from the National Institute for Early Education
Research on state pre-K spending and the quality of programs in various states. Education Daily
(4/11, Njuguna) reports that according to the new report, "states forestalled quality
improvements and collectively spent $60 million less on preschool programs in 2010-2011,
resulting in the lowest spending on early childhood programs" in the 11-year history of the

institute's rankings. "Per child spending decreased $715 to $4,151 over the past decade,
according to the NIEER report released Tuesday, The State of Preschool 2011, which measured
the quality and fiscal health of the nation's pre-K programs." Meanwhile, "despite the growing
national recognition that preschool access is important for school readiness, helps reduce college
remediation rates, and prepares students for college and careers, 'when it comes to funding,
unfortunately, we are back to where we were a decade ago,' Duncan said."

The Family Networks Project
Children with disabilities are at a higher risk for behavioral and emotional problems and for
being victims of maltreatment. To improve outcomes for children with developmental disabilities
and their families, the Family Networks Project in South Carolina, a research and demonstration
project led by South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness and funded by the Children's
Bureau's Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC), is implementing two
strategies: a parenting program and a capacity-building curriculum for service coordinators. The
strategies will be provided in different combinations in two separate regions of the State as part
of a random assignment study to test their efficacy. The project utilizes the Stepping Stones
Triple P-Positive Parenting Program (SSTP) in a seven-county region of South Carolina to
enhance parent confidence and competence and promote positive development in children with
developmental disabilities. Stepping Stones is a variant of the Triple P program designed
specifically for parents of children with disabilities. SSTP is delivered in family homes by parent
educators specially trained and accredited to deliver SSTP. In a separate study in a five-county
region of South Carolina, BabyNet service coordinators are trained using the Preventing Child
Abuse and Neglect: Parent-Provider Partnerships in Child Care curriculum (PCAN). This
training is intended to help these IDEA Part C service coordinators develop an increased
understanding of the impact of child maltreatment and build better relationships with parents.
This training addresses a wide range of topics, including healthy development in infants and
toddlers, culture and caregiving, and supportive responses to troubled parent-child relationships.
For more information about this project, visit the QIC-EC website:

Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
In a March 6, 2012 New York Times article, results of a study showing that the rising number of
preschoolers requiring extensive dental procedures are described in detail. According to the
study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the first time in 40
years, the number of preschoolers with cavities is increasing, and dentists are seeing more and
more children from all levels of income with 6 or more cavities. This change is occurring at a
national level. You can read the full article here.


HHS and U.S. Department of Education Launch New Stop Bullying Website
Enhanced site has new resources for children, parents, educators, and communities to take action
to prevent and respond to bullying.

Salvation Army Centers Report Increase in Demand for Youth Services
Salvation Army centers in cities across the country are struggling to keep up with a growing
demand for youth services, a new report from the national social service organization finds.
According to the report, Growing Up in a Downturn (16 pages, PDF), 81 percent of Salvation
Army centers — including Corps Community Centers, Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers,
summer and day camps, preschools, daycare, and afterschool programs — reported greater
demand for their services in 2011, up from 75 percent in 2008. The report also found that more
than half (56 percent) of Salvation Army youth programs were operating beyond capacity, and
that one-third (33 percent) had seen a decline in donations. Since 2008, 41 percent of Salvation
Army youth programs have been forced to reduce services or close completely, despite an
increase in volunteering at some centers. In its most recent annual report, the organizations said
its programs had assisted more than 30.2 million Americans nationwide in 2010, up from 28.9
million in 2007. Despite the squeeze caused by declining donations, 92 percent of Salvation
Army youth programs expect they will be able to meet the increased demand for services.

Online Education Firms Facing Increasing Scrutiny
Ian Quillen writes at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook (3/19) that private virtual school
firms are coming under increasing scrutiny from education researchers and policymakers.
"Recent studies suggesting declining achievement among full-time public virtual school students
don't always distinguish between publicly and privately run schools. Still, the private sector and
its two biggest for-profit providers-K12 Inc. and Connections Education-appear to be taking
most of the heat.

BJS Releases 2011 School Crime and Safety Report
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,
2011,” a report that provides data on crime and safety at school from the perspective of students,
teachers, and principals. It also provides crime and safety information for students’ travel to and
from school. The report highlights the most current detailed statistical information on the nature
of crime in schools and school environments and responses to violence and crime at school.
Download the report online. To find out more information or to download the report, go to

Improving High School Graduation Rates with Credit Recovery Programs 

This report on credit recovery outlines options for earning credits, often via online programs, for
students who have fallen behind.

New Resource to Stop Bullying

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education launched a
new website to encourage communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying.

States Struggle To Implement Standardized Graduation Rate System
Education Week (4/4, Zubrzycki) reports that states are preparing to implement the new
Federally mandated method for determining their high school graduation rates, and that the new
system in some cases "is yielding rates that are 20 percentage points lower than those states have
reported in the past. Under a 2008 update to federal education rules, the states were required to
replace their patchwork of graduation-rate formulas with a four-year 'cohort' rate, beginning in

the 2010-11 school year, and to use that number this school year to determine whether schools
are making adequate progress under the No Child Left Behind Act." The piece notes that the new
Federal standard was intended to create coherent and consistent graduation rate data, and
explores how its implementation is impacting various states.

National Endowment: Arts Participation Improves Low-Income Students' Academics
The AP (3/30, Zongker) reported that according to a National Endowment for the Arts study of
ED and Department of Labor data, "low-income students who are involved in arts activities have
higher academic achievement and are more likely to go to college." The study "follows other
federal research showing arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.
'The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth' also found that students who have access to the
arts tend to have better workforce goals and opportunities and more civic engagement, such as
voting, volunteering and reading about current events."

Power of Developmental Assets in Building Behavioral Adjustment Among Youth Exposed
to Community Violence: A Multidisciplinary Longitudinal Study of Resilience
Researchers and practitioners have repeatedly noted substantial variation in the behavioral
functioning of youth exposed to community violence. Several studies across fields have
documented the detrimental effects of exposure to violence, while other studies have considered
how developmental assets promote positive youth development. However, few have examined
the lives of the many youth who demonstrate resilience (that is, positive adjustment despite risk)
and hardly any have examined how developmental assets may shape resilient trajectories into
adulthood for youth exposed to violence. This report seeks to examine the effects of family, peer,
and neighborhood-level protective factors, or developmental assets, on behavioral adjustment for
high-risk youth exposed to community violence using the Project on Human Development in
Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) longitudinal study sample.
Read the Executive Summary (pdf, 25 pages).
Read the Full Final Report (pdf, 71 pages).

                           HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment
The lifetime cost of child maltreatment cases and related fatalities confirmed in 1 year totals
$124 billion, according to a new study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The authors generated the findings by combining estimates of child maltreatment
survivors' lifetime health and mental health care costs, lost productivity, child welfare services,
special education, and criminal justice services, as well as services and lost productivity for
children who died as a result of maltreatment. The study was based on 2008 data, during which
579,000 new child maltreatment victims were identified and 1,740 children died from
maltreatment. To underscore the significance of child maltreatment's impact on the U.S.
economy, the authors compared costs per case with two common public health issues:
• Stroke: $159,000
• Type 2 diabetes: $181,000 to $253,000
• Child maltreatment: $210,000
• Child maltreatment fatality: More than $1.2 million

The authors described several reasons why the results likely underestimate the total cost of child
• Official statistics include only children who come to the attention of State child welfare
        systems, so the total impact of child maltreatment is likely much larger.
• Costs that are more difficult to estimate were not included, such as the impact of psychological
        abuse, reduced life expectancy and quality of life, and the intergenerational cycle of
• Differences due to the severity of child maltreatment could not be factored into the estimate.
To reduce the high cost of child maltreatment and maltreatment-related fatalities, the authors
recommended that child welfare professionals and policymakers redouble efforts to fund and
implement evidence-based prevention services and intervention services to reduce the impact
when it occurs.
"The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for
Prevention," by X. Fang, D. S. Brown, C. S. Florence, and J. A. Mercy (in press), was published
in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, and is available on the ScienceDirect

Congressional Reporting on Child Welfare Related Issues
The Congressional Research Service, which creates reports for Congress, frequently analyzes
legislative proposals and other major policy issues. In regards to child welfare, some recent and
popular circulations include a memo on child abuse and neglect reporting, a report on the Social
Services Block Grant and another report on the health care needs of children in foster care.
Read More

Women Senators Urge Action on Violence Against Women Act
Yesterday women in the US Senate took to the floor of the Senate to demand quick action on
legislation to improve and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, (VAWA), S. 1925.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the majority leader, has suggested he will push for a vote by the end
of March. The reauthorization includes important protections for victims of domestic violence.
Read More

Young people who are homeless or runaway and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or
questioning (LGBTQ) are more likely to report victimization on the streets versus heterosexual
runaway youth (58.7 percent versus 33.4 percent).
With help from families, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope, children and youth can be
resilient when dealing with trauma. Join us in celebrating Children's Mental Health Awareness
Day. Learn More

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Is May 9, 2012
During National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, you can help raise
awareness about the importance of children's mental health by sharing information about trauma
and resilience in children.
Learn More About Supporting National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Youth in Juvenile Detention
Among a sample of youth in juvenile detention, 93 percent of males and 84 percent of females
reported exposure to a traumatic experience. Eleven percent of males and 15 percent of females
met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD and other mental health
challenges can impair a youth's capacity to reach age-appropriate developmental goals.
With help from families, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope, children and youth can be
resilient when dealing with trauma. Join us in celebrating National Children's Mental Health
Awareness Day. Learn More

Youth Exposed to Trauma
Children and youth who experience trauma display increases in stress hormones comparable to
those displayed in combat veterans. Researchers point to multiple potential outcomes for
children exposed to trauma, including attachment, mood regulation, dissociation, self-concept
challenges, and behavioral, cognition, and biological changes, all of which can have a negative
impact on school attendance, learning, and academic achievement. With help from families,
friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope, children and youth can be resilient when dealing
with trauma. Join us in celebrating National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Learn

Inhalant Abuse Experts Caution Against Huffing Helium
You’ve seen it done in movies and maybe have even done it yourself at a party for a quick laugh,
but at a press conference in Washington, D.C. today experts said inhaling helium from balloons
or helium tanks is no laughing matter. Just ask Loriann and Justin Earp, the parents of 14-year-
old Ashley Long, who died in January in Medford, Ore. after huffing helium. Read more


A 2012 update to the original Grad Nation report — Building a Grad Nation: Progress and
Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic — includes information about the work
State and Local Mentoring Partnerships, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year, Communities In
Schools, Success Mentors of New York City, United Way and others are doing in locations coast
to coast. The report references MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, as
well as the growing Quality Mentoring System developed and pioneered by Mass Mentoring
Partnership and the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and promotes the newly-released
Mentor in a Box, which global entertainment company Viacom created with MENTOR and
innovation Research & Training to help empower companies to understand the process and
possibilities of strengthening their communities by engaging in youth mentoring.

                                  PARENT EDUCATION

Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for
Rearing children can be difficult for any parent, but parents who experience social and economic
disadvantages may face additional challenges. Child Trends' latest research brief, Disadvantaged
Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers, examines the

link between emotional support mothers receive in rearing their children, and their children's
development. Child Trends found that emotional support for mothers improves outcomes for
children, even when controlling for family structure, income, gender, race/ethnicity, and child's
age. Children whose mothers reported receiving emotional support during childrearing were
more likely to be engaged in school and exhibit social competence than children whose mothers
did not receive emotional support. The same pattern held true for internalizing behaviors;
children were less likely to display internalizing behaviors if their mothers had received
emotional support. Findings from this brief suggest that providing emotional support for
mothers may serve to protect children in both disadvantaged and advantaged families from
negative outcomes.

Group Seeks To Include Parents In School Partnerships
Michele Molnar writes at the Education Week (4/4) "K-12 Parents and the Public" blog that
"research from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) identifies eight 'essential
elements' for effective leadership" related to parental engagement, listing them as "leadership,
teamwork, action plans, implementation of plans, funding, collegial support, evaluation, and
networking. 'We help district leaders work with schools in ways that improve student success,'
says Joyce Epstein, founder and director of NNPS, located at Johns Hopkins University, in

Bringing Back the Dads
A 2011 special issue of American Humane's Protecting Children is dedicated to father
engagement and features a variety of articles addressing issues facing nonresident fathers
involved with the child welfare system. Practitioners and researchers share lessons learned from
the National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers (QIC-NRF), a Children's
Bureau-funded project geared toward determining the impact of increased nonresident father
engagement on the safety, permanency, and well-being of their children involved in the child
welfare system. The article "Fathers' Voices in the Child Welfare System: Not About Us Without
Us," by Ron J. Clark and Greg Cox, explores strides taken by the QIC-NRF to include the voices
of fathers when building intervention programs aimed at fathers. Conceptually simple, the author
notes that nonresident fathers are often viewed as apathetic to the needs of their children
involved in the child welfare system rather than as individuals dealing with their own challenges.
The QIC-NRF established the National Fathers Advisory Council (NFAC) to foster a culture
shift and move away from the punitive-only approach to serving fathers, change perceptions, and
incorporate fathers' voices in developing support services. The group met six times during the 5-
year grant period, and Local Fathers Advisory Councils were later formed near demonstration
sites. The issue also includes a spotlight on Colorado's Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
Initiative (PRF), which funded 63 faith- and community-based organizations over 5 years to
provide direct services to fathers—serving approximately 5,000 fathers. The PRF program also
facilitated fatherhood training. The special issue of Protecting Children, 26(2),"Bringing Back
the Dads: Changing Practice's in Child Welfare Systems," is available on the American Humane
website: (1.47 MB)

Father Involvement Curricula
The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) offers several trainings for child welfare
professionals to help them in engaging fathers.
• The Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum is focused on working with noncustodial fathers
        but can be applied to other father-child relationships.
• Two self-contained training packages (one basic and one advanced) were modeled on The
        Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum to help practitioners develop the skills for
        engaging fathers and to learn best practices. The advanced curricula was developed for
        those working with fathers who are resistant to engaging with their child or children.
• The basic and advanced training packages were converted into three online courses worth
        three continuing education units upon completion.
In addition to the training options, NFPN produced a handbook for child welfare professionals
developing father-involvement programs, the Complete Guide to Father Involvement.

Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) published a new two-part guide, Pregnant and
Parenting Youth in Foster Care, to offer suggestions in the areas of both policy and practice. Part
one, A Guide to Service Implementation, offers a set of policy recommendations for
administrators and practitioners who work closely with pregnant and parenting youth in foster
care. National experts were consulted when drafting this list of recommendations, and findings
were taken from a yearlong project that examined what is currently working in States and Tribes.
The recommendations align with goals of keeping pregnant and parenting youth and their
children healthy, successful in school, and safe in their communities.
 Part one is divided into
five sections:
• State Infrastructure for Service Delivery, Financing, Monitoring, and Accountability
• Legal Rights, Placement and Permanency
• Physical, Socio-Emotional Health and Well-Being
• Education and Self-Sufficiency
• Engagement of Fathers
Part two, A Guide on Effective Programs, Curricula and Other Resources, is geared toward
jurisdictions working to help pregnant and parenting youth in foster care. This guide includes
resources based on evidence-based programs, surveys, and phone interviews with those
knowledgeable about existing supports for this vulnerable population. The guide includes more
general resources for pregnant or parenting youth that may be applied to the foster care
 Part two is composed of three sections:
• Parenting Supports
• Developmental Supports for Children and Parents, including Health Care and Trauma-
        Informed Supports
• Preparation for Adulthood, including Education and Housing
Both guides are available on the CSSP website:
Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Part I: A Guide to Service Implementation
Youth-Service-Recommendations.pdf (415 KB)
 Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster
Care: Part II: A Guide on Effective Programs, Curricula and Other Resources

Youth-Resource-Guide.pdf (406 KB)
Issue Date: April 2012
 Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice

Toolbox for Foster Parents
A new guide is available to provide foster parents and child welfare professionals with practical
information, parenting tips, and fresh strategies to better understand and respond to the needs of
children and youth in foster care. Edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel, The Foster Parenting Toolbox
is the result of a collaborative effort that taps into the experiences, words of wisdom, and
problem-solving skills of foster parents, birth parents, caseworkers, former foster youth, and
child welfare advocates. The 464-page book covers topics such as how to become a foster parent,
working with biological families, and dealing with issues of grief and loss, and it offers advice
and recommendations on nurturing positive foster parent/child relationships, successfully
managing difficult behaviors, and seeking appropriate services. Developed as an extension of
State trainings, the book focuses on the most common foster care issues and concerns. Chapters
highlight critical areas of foster parenting, including:
• Collaborations
• Caregiver transitions
• Birth family relations
• Addressing trauma
• Issues related to anger, grief, attachment disruption
• Using discipline
• Support services
• Allegations of abuse
• Family reunification/adoption

 The Foster Parenting Toolbox can be purchased on the EMK Press website: 
 Download a free article from the book,
"The Jigsaw Puzzle Child," by Eileen Mayers Pasztor: (3 MB)

Trauma Guide for Resource Parents
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network published Birth Parents With Trauma Histories
and the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Resource Parents. This short factsheet describes how
trauma experienced by birth parents can affect children's lives and how resource parents (foster,
adoptive, or kinship) can support both the birth parent and the entire family.
The guide is broken into three sections:
• What resource parents should know about the effects of trauma on birth parents
• How resource parents can work together with birth parents
• How resource parents can protect themselves from secondary traumatic stress
Each section includes a list of bulleted tips. This factsheet's conversational tone makes the
information accessible and easy to understand, especially for resource parents who may not have
any formal child welfare training.
pdf (308 KB)

This factsheet is part of a series of factsheets about parent trauma in the child welfare system.
The series includes guides for child welfare staff, birth parents, and judges and attorneys and are
available on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website:


New Online Financial & Performance Management Resource Portal
A new online portal has been created that houses training materials and other resources covering
financial and performance management topics. ETA created this portal as a “one-stop” website
for accessing technical assistance materials for grantees—both regular funds and Recovery Act
funds. To access this resource page, please visit:
Some examples of the resources included on the portal include:
     Tutorial on completing the Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data
     Overview of Financial Management Principles;
     Introduction to Procurement;
     Introduction to Financial Reporting;
     Newly developed lessons on the Federal Cost Principles, the Uniform Administrative
         Requirements and Accrual Accounting.
The site also contains links to a number of archived webinars conducted for grantees providing
general and program-specific guidance on ETA grants. Finally, the site contains a resource page
that includes a list of commonly referenced materials such as the One-Stop Comprehensive
Financial Management Technical Assistance Guide, the Department of Labor’s Uniform
Administrative Requirements, the Federal Cost Principles, performance reporting timeframes,
WIASRD key terms and edit checks, and other financial and performance-related Training and
Employment Guidance Letters. Additional training materials and other resources will be added
as they become available, so bookmark the site and visit it regularly. TEGL 28-11 provides
more details on the portal.
Career Pathways Toolkit
Developed for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration by
Social Policy Research Associates, the Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success
offers a clear and user-friendly road map for those seeking to develop career pathway systems at
local, regional, and/or state levels. It details the Six Key Elements Framework, highlights
promising practices, and provides tools designed to support visioning and strategic planning.
Check out the Toolkit online by clicking here. See other resources and tools for developing
career pathway systems on the Career Pathways Initiative Community of Practice.

Expanding Economic Self-Sufficiency For People with Disabilities
The state of Maine recently hosted an "Asset Summit" which brought together stakeholders
within the local area with the goal of creating greater awareness of the options for economic self-
sufficiency for people with disabilities. Panel members included representatives from Maine’s
One-Stop Career Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Bangor Savings Bank, Maine Centers for
Women, Work and Community, Maine's Community Work Incentive Planning and Assistance
Program (Social Security Administration), Penquis CAP/CA$H Coalition, as well as a consumer

who shared her experiences accessing many of these programs. Through small group
participation, attendees were able to identify opportunities for community collaboration,
additional partners to call to the table, and possible outreach strategies to expand asset building
within the disability community. To view the video modules from the Bangor Asset Summit,
click here.

Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth
Employment Initiative (ETAOP 2012-02)
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), local areas
throughout the country had the opportunity to offer subsidized summer employment to large
numbers of youth in 2009 and 2010. What’s in it for me? Examine qualitative data collected in
10 local sites across seven states to describe the partnerships between state and local TANF and
workforce agencies, particular aspects of the youth employment initiatives that the TANF
funding affected, and youths' summer work experiences.

Career Exploration in Action 

This brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth suggests
youth who participate in career exploration activities have higher career search self-efficacy.
Advancing Practices of Supported Employment Services

This brief from The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities focuses on
the use of trained employment specialists working collaboratively with businesses to enhance
training and productivity of workers with disabilities.

The Summer Jobs + Initiative
The goal is to provide career pathways for low-income and disconnected youth. The success of
this initiative requires businesses, non-profits and government to all work together. The
Employment and Training Administration has outlined how the workforce system can support
this initiative in Training and Employment Notice No TEN 35-11: Opportunities for the
Workforce System to Support the Summer Jobs + Initiative.
These opportunities include:
     Connecting existing WIA Youth to employers: work with youth to identify “pathways”
         opportunities of interest and assist them in connecting with employers.
     Supporting employers serving WIA Youth: help businesses understand the Summer Jobs
         + “pathways” options and work together to determine how best to accomplish the
         “pathways” commitments they have made.
     Recruiting and outreach to employers: reach out to employers, highlight the importance
         of the effort and ask them to commit to one or more of the “pathways” options.
For valuable resources on Summer Jobs +, see this U.S. Department of Labor webpage:

Seven new User Guides were recently added to the Competency Model Clearinghouse. These
Guides are designed to assist workforce developers, educators, employers, and others in
developing and using competency models and career ladders/lattices. The User Guides include:

• Developing Competency Models

• Career Ladders and Lattices
• Communicate Workforce Needs
• Identify Credential Competencies
• Develop Curriculum
• Perform Human Resources Activities
• Career Exploration and Guidance
Below are a few examples of some recently posted items on Workforce3 One. If you have an
innovative program or successful initiative that you would like to share, please e-mail us at:

• CareerSTAT: CareerSTAT is an initiative to document and endorse the business case for
      investments in frontline hospital workers and to establish an employer-led advocacy
      council to promote investments that yield strong skill development and career outcomes
      for low-wage, frontline hospital workers. CareerSTAT is a project of Jobs for the Future
      and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
• AREVA Employment Training Program with Virginia Community College: AREVA, in
      partnership with Central Virginia Community College, hires high school graduates and
      provides them the opportunity to earn an associate degree, creating a pipeline of skilled
      and educated workers and ensuring AREVA is an employer of choice in the central
      Virginia region.
• Business and Community College Partnerships: A Blueprint: This document, created by
      Corporate Voices’ for Working Families, helps practitioners create and sustain these
      partnerships to increase the skills of employees and college completion rates.
• What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009: Use this U.S. Census
      Bureau report to explore the relationship between educational attainment, field of
      training, and eventual occupation and earnings. The report also explores sex, race, and
      ethnic differences in educational attainment and differences between people who received
      a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and a high school diploma.
• “Completion by Design” Knowledge Center and Toolkits: Completion by Design is a five-
      year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that works with community colleges to
      significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26.
      The Knowledge Center is a searchable database that contains expert-identified and vetted
      research (toolkits) and planning documents to support Completion by Design colleges
      through the planning, decision making, and implementation stages.
• Wisconsin RISE: Wisconsin's RISE Career Pathway offers low-income adults clear and
      reliable courses of action for building skills to progress in their careers.
• Minnesota FastTRAC: MN FastTRAC makes attaining a postsecondary education
      manageable by breaking up the educational journey into smaller steps that build off one
      another and each lead to a “stackable credential.”


Career Pathways Webinar Series
A diverse collection of resources and materials to help states, local areas, and tribal communities
develop effective career pathways systems was recently released by ETA and can be downloaded
here. During March, ETA continued its very popular Career Pathways Webinar Series to share
resources and present experts in states, local areas and tribal communities who are effectively
implementing career pathways systems.
     View the second installment, “Building Effective Career Pathways Systems: Tools You
        Can Use” here, featuring the state of Kansas and the Tucson Indian Center.
     View the third webinar “Building Career Pathways Systems: Roles for the Workforce
        Investment System” here, with highlights from Arkansas and Wisconsin.
For the latest information on future career pathways webinars, live chats with experts, and up-to-
the minute resources, join our Career Pathways Community of Practice today at

Inside Workforce3 One: Webinars
For dates and times of upcoming live Webinars, or to find recorded Webinars on other topics,
visit the Workforce3 One home page, and check out the Webinars section on the right side of
the page.
Recently Archived Webinars:
• Building Career Pathways: Roles for the Workforce Investment System (3/28/12)
• Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Reemployment Services and
         Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (RES/REAs) (3/21/12)
• Short-Time Compensation: Listening Session (3/20/12)
• Self-Employment Assistance Programs Listening Session (3/20/12)
• Self-Employment Assistance Programs Listening Session (3/19/12)
• Short-Time Compensation: Listening Session (3/19/12)
• Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Outlook-Long Term Projections (3/16/12)
• Building Effective Career Pathway Systems: Tools You Can Use (3/15/12)
• Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)
         Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA/DFA PY 11-08) Prospective Applicant
         Webinar (3/9/12)
• YouthBuild Webinar Series – Spring Cleaning: Your Data and the National Data Day
• YouthBuild Regulations – An Overview (3/1/12)

                                            May 2012

2012 Safe Schools Conference
May 8-9, 2012, Hilton Harrisburg – Harrisburg, PA
The Conference provides an opportunity to learn about the latest research in school safety and
violence prevention and will focus on the following strands:
• Bullying Prevention
• Conflict Management
• Emergency Response and Crisis Management
• Positive School Climate
• Student Mental Health Issues
Registration Fee: $75
Online registration will close on Monday, April 30, 2012. Onsite registration will be accepted at
the Conference on May 8 and 9, 2012 at the rate of $100.00/per person.
Additional information, details and registration can be found on the Center for Safe Schools’
website at

The 19th Annual National Foster Care Conference
 "Footsteps to the Future"

Daniel Kids Foundation, Inc.

May 9-11, Orlando, FL

May 12, 2012. Save The Date. Black Male Development Symposium 2012

Upcoming Webinar: Youth Voice in Advocacy: a Guide to Strategic Sharing
Strategic Sharing is the practice of safely and effectively telling the story of your lived
experience(s) in order to achieve a goal. The purpose of this webinar is to inform participants of
the main principles of Strategic Sharing to assist them in doing advocacy work. Join us to:
     Identify reasons for sharing
     Learn the risks and benefits of sharing
     Learn how to strategically target events
     Develop strategies on answering difficult questions
     Gain general tips on being strategic in your sharing
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 
 Time: 10am - 11am PDT 
 Presenter: Eric Lulow Youth
Involvement Associate for the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Click here to register

3rd Annual "Working With Youth" Workshops & Conference
Evidence-based Programs and Supports for Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent
Delinquency and Criminal Conduct
May 16 - 18, 2012
San Francisco, LA, USA
View details
Download Brochure

Free ILP Workshops!
The University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia (UCCP) and Out-of-School Time
Resource Center (OSTRC) invite you to a 2-part workshop on Monday, April 9 and Monday,
May 21. Both sessions will run from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and take place on the campus of Temple
University: 300AB Tuttleman Learning Center, located on 13th Street between Montgomery
Avenue & Polett Walk. These sessions will provide an overview of the School District of
Philadelphia's Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), through which students can electronically
chart their academic progress and create customized goals and educational pathways. Workshop
participants will learn about ILP access; how this resource can be used to enhance youth
programming; and how it can help connect in-school and out-of-school activities. This workshop
series is FREE, and available to the first 20 (10 pairs of) registrants. Since space is limited,
please register today:

11th Annual National Child Welfare IT Managers' Meeting

Child Welfare Information System Training 

May 21-24, Arlington, VA;jsessionid=0596E7AA3D71956432888C9C7310E4

Colorado Summit on Children, Youth, and Families

Colorado Department of Human Services

May 23-25, Keystone, CO

2012 National Transition Conference: College and Careers for Youth With Disabilities
May 30th-June 1st in Washington, DC 

This national conference will highlight research, innovative practices, and policy initiatives
focused on transition-aged youth with disabilities. Registration is available in early April.

                                            June 2012

31st Annual National CASA Conference
June 9–12, 2012
Each year, more than 1,400 court-appointed special advocates (CASA) and guardian ad litem
staff, board members, volunteers, judges, attorneys and other child welfare professionals gather
to connect with peers and learn from leaders in the field. The 2012 National CASA Conference
will take place in Washington, DC. Subscribe to receive conference e-mail updates and
registration information.

14th Annual International Fatherhood
 Partnerships and Collaboration: Expanding Responsible Fatherhood and
Healthy Family Program Connections 

National Partnership for Community Leadership

June 12-15, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2012 National Foster Parent Association National Education Conference

National Foster Parent Association

June 15-18, Chicago, IL

2012 National Pathways to Adulthood

Convening on Youth in Transition

National Resource Center for Youth Development

June 26-29, New Orleans, LA

                                           July 2012

Announcing the 5th National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls
Health, Empowerment, Resilience, and Recovery (HERR CONFERence)
July 17–19, 2012 | San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
SAMHSA, in partnership with Mental Health Systems, Inc., is pleased to host the 5th National
Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls: Health, Empowerment, Resilience, and
This 2½-day conference will bring together a diverse audience with an interest in prevention,
mental health, and addiction services for women and girls. There will be a variety of energizing
ways to learn, converse, and contribute. You will have opportunities to interact with presenters
and with other participants in a variety of venues. Access to nationally recognized speakers and
authors, tea with experts, an array of presentation types, and a bookstore make this conference
unique and essential for today's providers of women's services. Through different types of
sessions, you will be able to tailor your conference experience to match your preferences.

26th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care

Foster Family-Based Treatment Association

July 22-25, Atlanta, GA

Georgetown University Training Institutes
Save the Date: 2012 Georgetown University Training Institutes on "Improving Children's Mental
Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation."
July 25-29, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

38th Annual NACAC Conference 
 Celebrating Families: Valuable Lessons from Children,
Parents, and Professionals

North American Council on Adoptable Children

July 26-28, Crystal City, VA


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