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More Data Must Equal More Commitment to Creating Racial Equity (www.tsne.org) & Commentary

Essay by Trina Jackson with links to a new report entitled Racial Inequities, Policy Solutions: Perceptions of Boston’s Communities of Color on Racism and Race Relations by The Hyams Foundation. While the reported data is specific to Massachusetts, the issues are national and relevant for all of us. Here are some excerpts: How many of us have been in or led organizations where we say we care about racial equity in our workplace but will address it more in real and meaningful ways in the next...

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? [NPR.org]

"I want The Three Bears!" These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa. A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young children's brains in each of those situations. And, says lead author Dr. John Hutton, there is an apparent "Goldilocks effect" — some kinds of storytelling may be "too cold" for children, while...

Coding Boot Camp Gives California Foster Youth a Path to Solid Tech Careers [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

As a teenager , Jose Colmenares spent time sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles as a runaway before ending up in a group home for foster youth. Besides missing many days of school, he missed out on important conversations about how he would plan for the future, including developing a career. At the group home where he lived from age 15 to 18, he remembers listening to many panel discussions about drug abuse, but never about careers. Colmenares had always been fascinated by technology, but...

Bigger in Texas: Number of Adoptions, and Parents Who Lose Their Rights [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

In 1998, the federal government started an incentive program aimed at pushing states to finalize more adoptions of youth in foster care. But in the decades since its inception, few states have seen any consistent benefit from the half-billion dollars spent on incentives. There are 34 states that have received less than $10 million in the 18 years the awards have been made thus far. But one state has consistently reaped rewards from the federal incentives: Texas. [For more of this story,...

How Homelessness Crisis in LA Affects Aged-out Foster Youth [JJIE.org]

Doniesha Thomas is in her bedroom, crouching on the floor and peering into a pet carrier that appears empty. “He’s in there, all the way back,” she said, reaching in to find the kitten she rescued from a nearby vacant lot the day before, though she says she dislikes cats. Thomas’ bedroom is in her house. Her house, rented in her own name. It’s a single-family dwelling in south central LA that she shares with her fiancé and a roommate. [For more of this story, written by Lauren Lee White, go...

Doctors are burning out and trite ‘wellness’ measures aren’t helping [CenterForHealthJournalism.org]

“I'm already beat. The trick is to not let the caring get to you.” These were the words recently uttered by one of my physician colleagues, referring to the stresses of caring for patients in the world of modern health care. The weariness was clear over the phone. Without missing a step, I responded, “I know. Of course.” It took me weeks to realize that it might be concerning that I immediately empathized with her sense of being submerged and overpowered by an uncaring health care system.

From the Back Pew; by Wendy Lestina [FenddaleEnterprise.com]

(Editor’s note:  We proudly are reprinting Ferndale Enterprise columnist Wendy Lestina’s prize-winning column from the November 17, 2017 edition. Lestina placed first in the 2017 California News Publishers Association (CNPA) California Journalism Awards. Her award was announced on Saturday at the CNPA Press Summit, held in Sonoma.) Mother Pewsitter and I both have January birthdays. About ten years ago, my sister Candace decided we should celebrate jointly at a family dinner (the three of...

Students Missing Class Is A Red Alert — But Researchers Say They Have A New Tool To Address The School-Absence Problem [CapRadio.org]

Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert — a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk. But schools and parents now have a new tool to investigate the problem, in the form of open-source data collected by UC Davis and research partners Attendance Works and Children Now. Together, they produced “ Seize the Data Opportunity in California: Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes .” The report uses an interactive map to pinpoint the type of schools that...

Senate ACEs Resolution passes unanimously

Sen. Res. 346 , the companion bill to the already passed House resolution, was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate on May 22. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was the sponsor of the resolution that attracted bipartisan co-sponsorship prior to the vote. The House version was sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher and Rep. Danny Davis who made statements on the bill as reported earlier on ACEs Connection.

Tell State Leaders: Do More for California's Babies

Check out this exciting opportunity to support babies and strengthen families! Please join hundreds of other organizations in signing on to this letter urging our state leaders to fund critical home visiting supports for babies and families living in poverty. Children’s earliest brain development is the foundation for their lifelong health and success. Yet too often families, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet, don’t have the support they need during the stressful time of...