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New Rule Puts Some Head Start Agencies Under Pressure to Improve

The federal government is hoping to improve the quality of local Head Start agencies’ programs by refining how it determines when grantees are falling short and must be thrown into competition for ongoing funding.

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Trump Signs Spending Bill with Family First Sweeteners, Boosts to Head Start and Child Care

Just days after being impeached by the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill for 2020 that includes hundreds of millions in funding to assist states with a recent overhaul of federal child welfare financing.

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Trump’s 2020 Budget for Family and Youth Services

President Donald Trump released his 2020 spending proposal, dubbed “A Budget for a Better America,” late last week. On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget and various cabinet agencies released the fine print.

Johnson with foster son Eddie Heights at Heights' high school graduation in 2003. Photo courtesy of Dewayne Johnson


Top Stories of 2018: Inspiring Stories from the Frontlines

Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll count down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. In each, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage of this issue.


Self-Taught Techie Designs App to Get At-Risk Kids into Preschool

Steve Sturm believes every child should have the same opportunities that his 3-year-old daughter Reagan enjoys. Things like new boots, trips to the trampoline park — and preschool. But for children known to the foster care system, too many miss out on the earliest years of their education.

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Head Start Prevents Foster Care? To Be Decided

The jury is decidedly out on the academic track record of Head Start, the education-oriented pre-school program for low-income families invented in the 1960s and federally proliferated in the early 1980s.

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Muhlhausen, Heritage’s Main Guy on Work Programs, to Lead National Institute of Justice

The Trump Administration has tapped a longtime critic of federal social programs to head up the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s central agency for research, standards development, and program evaluation.

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Trump’s First Month: What’s Happening At Federal Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Offices

Youth Services Insider has been trying to get a handle on what the early days of the Trump administration have brought on at two key youth services agencies: the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Justice Department, and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at Health and Human Services.


California Attorney General: Too Many Young Kids Missing School

About 7 percent of California’s elementary school students — or 210,000 schoolchildren in the state — were “chronically absent” from school last year, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. According to estimates in a report on truancy and chronic absenteeism in the state’s elementary schools, “chronically absent” students missed school at least 10 percent of all school days during the 2015-16 school year.