The Weekly Connect 6/21/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

The City Connects model is an example of how schools can provide crucial services as the pandemic recedes.

A Brown University economics professor is preserving data about how schools fared during the pandemic.

Policies can address the systemic racism that school children face. 

As schools return to in-person learning, thousands of “missing” students are not returning.

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The Weekly Connect 6/14/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Detailed information on chronic absenteeism can inform interventions. 

U.S. Department of Education report looks at the pandemic’s toll on underserved students

Black parents keep children in online school programs where they see less bullying and racism

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A Brookings article on tackling funding silos to better serve children

One significant challenge when it comes to helping children and families is running into funding silos – restrictions on public and private funds that do not allow for flexibility in responding to families’ complex needs.

A recent article – “The COVID-19 experience shows government budgeting can become more nimble” — from the Washington, D.C., think tank Brookings, explores the problem – and explains how City Connects is part of the solution.

“Most of the major social challenges facing America, from homelessness and opioid dependency to achieving successful aging and good family health, require the successful coordination of funds from many government programs. In general, we are not good at doing that,” the article’s authors Stuart M. Butler and Timothy Higashi write.

Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings. And Higashi is a Senior Research Analyst in the Economic Studies program.

“Programs tend to be siloed at all levels of government,” they add, “with most managers reluctant to allow funds to be used outside their explicit purposes. Moreover, eligibility rules, restrictions on data sharing, and other accountability requirements present significant obstacles to collaboration and flexibility.”

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The Weekly Connect 6/7/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Researchers find fewer but more severe child abuse cases in a county in California. 

U.S. Department of Education explains both the flexible and the limited ways that schools can use Covid relief funds. 

The nation’s already overburdened school mental health network is being tested by students’ pandemic-related mental health challenges.

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The Weekly Connect 6/1/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Fourth grade science NAEP scores in 2019 declined by two points compared to 2015.

Twenty-seven states have abandoned universal masking in schools

Students are struggling with pandemic-related mental health challenges.

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The Weekly Connect 5/24/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Research from the National Bureau of Economic Research reenforces the case for universal preschool

As eviction moratoriums end, the risk of homelessness increases

Cleveland tests out a kinder, gentler summer school

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The Weekly Connect 5/17/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

New Jersey’s early childhood program shows positive impacts into 10th grade.

Schools can help families access federal help to pay for Internet service.

Art teachers can help restore students’ mental health. 

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The Weekly Connect 5/10/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

In Salem, City Connects staff are planning for summer

A new report from the national nonprofit Zero to Three says that inequality starts early, when children are infants and toddlers. 

In Massachusetts, 1.6 million adults are struggling to get enough to eat

The pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on immigrant students and English learners

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