Features an extensive series of briefs pertaining to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including best practices in homeless education, best practices in interagency collaboration, and three briefs focusing on children and families displaced by disaster.
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Serving Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations
Vulnerable and at-risk populations refer to children, youth, students, and schools that are most vulnerable or at risk of disparities in access, service use, and outcomes. For the SS/HS Initiative, vulnerable populations are defined by race or ethnicity or by sex or gender and include other such groups as foster youth; English language learners; youth who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or questioning; disconnected youth; families that are homeless or in transition; and youth at risk for sexual exploitation. Identification of high-risk, vulnerable subpopulations involves increasing the quality and use of data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status, as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. State, tribal, and community collaborative teams must also engage in knowledge development on how to utilize their detailed State, tribal, and local data to inform priorities, planning, and selection of effective and culturally responsive programs, interventions, policies, and other strategies that target disparities. Furthermore, with the support of timely and detailed evaluation and performance feedback, collaborative quality improvement teams can learn to monitor and adjust their programs and track the progress of how strategies and activities are decreasing differences in access, service use, and outcomes for their high-risk populations of focus.
The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention is committed to helping SS/HS grantees identify their most vulnerable and at-risk students and schools, providing technical assistance, and supporting the implementation of culturally relevant health promotion and prevention strategies to address the unique needs of the grantees.
Offers a three-tiered approach to implementing effective programs for homeless students for administrators at the state, district and individual school levels about two critical components: 1) a comprehensive needs assessment, and 2) effective program evaluation.
Gives practical suggestions to school leaders or creating an inclusive school climate, and for preventing and addressing common school problems and challenges.
Examines the experiences of LGBT students nationally and looks at negative indicators affecting these students, as well as potential benefits of positive resources such as Gay-Straight Alliances, inclusive curricula, supportive adults, and anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies.
Highlights practices focused on improving educational continuity and school stability for children and youth in care. The report describes the strategies, practices, and tools showing the greatest potential for effecting systems improvement, along with key insights and lessons learned.
Highlights important findings about the prevalence of children experiencing risk factors in the United States. These findings were produced with the Young Child Risk Calculator, a tool of the National Center for Children in Poverty.
Includes comprehensive, intensive, community-based programs to promote building resiliency and protective factors in youth, families, and communities. CYFAR also promotes the use of technology to improve programs, provide efficient access to educational resources, and provide essential technological skills for youth and adults in at-risk environments.
Examines the educational experiences of vulnerable children and youth in Chicago, including children and youth who have been abused or neglected, who are placed in foster care, who are homeless, and who have been involved with the juvenile court system.
Highlights important research and information related to the study of children and youth in social work. Identifies resources on domestic violence and family issues.
Provides support to Local Health Departments' planning and preparedness activities by providing a filter, or guide, for the extensive array of existing resources, templates, PowerPoint presentations, memorandums of understanding and case studies in North Carolina. Resources in this online tool can be adapted for use by any state.
Safe Schools / Healthy Students
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