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Two of the articles in the June/July 2004 issue of CLASP Update, might be of interest to you and your practitioners: one on current TANF proposals and the other regarding a Head Start Report. An abstract of each is below followed by the URL for the entire online issue.
Child Support Measures That Would Help Poor Families
Current law requires families who receive cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to sign over their rights to unpaid child support to the state. States keep much of the child support collected for current and former TANF families and share the money with the federal government. The Senate Finance Committee TANF bill would give states options to pass through more of the money to families, and it also includes stronger enforcement measures, according to a recent analysis by Vicki Turetsky, CLASP Senior Staff Attorney.
Head Start Children, Families, and Programs in 2003
A new CLASP policy brief, Moving Forward: Head Start Children, Families, and Programs in 2003, by Katherine Hart and Rachel Schumacher, presents the latest federal data on Head Start, offering insights into the services the program provided and whom it served in 2003. Head Start continued to serve a diverse population of low-income children, mostly in working families. In 2003, more Head Start children had access to continuous medical and dental care than in previous years. Early Head Start children showed a particularly dramatic increase in access to dental care, rising from 47 percent in 2002 to 64 percent in 2003.
The entire issue can be found online at:
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. For more information about CLASP, visit www.clasp.org.
Here is a resource you might want to pass on
to your Family Literacy leadership and practitioners from Public Education
Network Weekly NewsBlast for July 2, 2004.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS & EVALUATION
The NAEPDC National Training Institute (NTI) will be held November 3-6, 2004 in New Orleans-- Please plan to join your colleagues.
Linda Warner (IN) chairs the Professional Development Committee which is designing these sessions to provide you with a) a number of resources and strategies developed by your colleagues in other states and b) opportunities to discuss options and ways to adapt each to meet the needs of your state. You will leave New Orleans with resources for leading initiatives in your state.
The Professional Development Committee members have identified the tentative time frames and topics below. If you have suggestions related to schedule or topics, please feel free to send them to Linda Warner (email@example.com).
If you have successful strategies in any of these areas, please send them to Linda Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to feature your state’s work.
Tentative topics include:
1. State Plan Development: OVAE will conduct a technical/legislative session later after the bill passes, but this day-long session will focus on “process” options including:
· state-wide needs assessment strategies including
o specific proven data sources
o options for presenting the data
· processes for engaging the field, as well as other agencies and stakeholders, in analyzing needs and contributing to your plan without your agency relinquishing control
· identification of program development priorities and resulting multi-year initiatives to develop, implement, and evaluate the success of each initiative, and
· guidance to help local programs conduct assessments, engage partners, and develop multi-year program improvement plans.
2. Half-day sessions will provide policy development options for health literacy, financial literacy, and learning disabilities.
3. Half-day sessions will explore strategies for boosting two performance standards:
· GED Completion
· Transition to Post Secondary
4. Overview of the National Assessment Adult Literacy (NAAL) survey and preparation for the release of the reports in the summer of 2005.
5. Distance professional development resources developed by several states and available for your state to tweak for use to prepare and train your teachers and program managers.
Each of these sessions will provide you with a variety of state-level strategies to use as guides for developing, implementing and evaluating your own initiatives. Sessions will also give you time to consider each option, discuss the pros and cons with your colleagues, and sketch out tentative initiative plans.
Mark your calendars. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Send any suggestions to Linda Warner (email@example.com).
Do you have an adult education technology plan? Are you willing to share it with your colleagues?
As many of you heard at the dinner we hosted in Columbus prior to the State Directors’ meeting, we are working with NCAL (the National Center for Adult Literacy) to help interested states develop a state adult education technology plan and expand or enhance the use of technology in instruction and professional development.
The project entitled Project STAIT (State Technical Assistance for Information Technology) is working with 13 states.
One of the resources we are compiling for their use, and for your use when you would like, is sample technology plans.
REQUEST: If you have developed a state adult education technology plan, would you please send Noreen and Janet a copy or a link to the site where it can be found?
Noreen Lopez (NAEPDC) & Janet Smith (NCAL)
We will post the plans on both the NAEPDC website and the
password protected Project STAIT Website for you and your colleagues to use
Becky Byrd and her colleagues in Montana are designing new ABE/ESL assessment policies. They would appreciate your ideas and opinions.
Attached is an electronic survey that will go directly to her workgroup members. They will share what they find with all of you.
Just click on the URL below.
It will take you to the survey. When finished, click on the “submit” button
at the end.
Thank you for helping out your colleague.
For information please contact:
Contact us: Dr. Lennox
McLendon, Executive Director; 444 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422;
Washington, DC 20001