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More and more, when economists discuss taking advantage of "human capital" through education and skills training, they highlight high-quality early childhood programs and the benefits they bring to society.
the child welfare system in 13 states, and everywhere they provide the bulk of services that former foster youth need: housing, education, health care, training, and job placement. Research In Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Identifying Strategies and Report Best Practices, an issue brief published earlier this year, NACo’s County Services Research Division highlighted model programs in counties across the country. The brief is available at www.naco.org/ Content/ContentGroups/ Issue_ Briefs/IB-YouthAging A timely report from policy center Zero to Three focuses outof Foster-2008.pdf. on investments in early childhood development, and The latest offering from how they can become a different sort of economic the National Center for stimulus. More and more, when economists discuss taking Children in Poverty’s Research advantage of “human capital” through education and skills Connections project is a brief training, they highlight high-quality early childhood pro- examining Demographics of grams and the benefits they bring to society. Investing in Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care. The report asserts that Infants and Toddlers: The Economics of Early Childhood family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is the most common outlines current economic research, its application to the form of nonparental care in the country; some statistics sug- childhood development field, and ways that professionals gest that between one-third and one-half of children whose from both areas can work together to better advocate for parents are employed experience FFN care. Despite that, its more investment in children and families. Visit www.zeroto- prevalence, role, and impact are not clearly understood, and three.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_BM_09_05_06 this report examines the definitions, demographics, and meth- to read the article. ods behind FFN care. Visit www.nccp.org/ publications/pub_ In 2007, the National Association of Counties (NACo) began 835.html to r
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