Child Welfare Watch News Digest - November 7, 2013

Here’s a roundup of this week’s news on low-income children, youth and their families:

The New York City Board of Correction released a report last week that documents the stories of three adolescents who were sentenced to more than 200 days in isolation on Rikers Island.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for a Lifetime.” This policy report details how children’s early development from birth through age 8, is essential to easing kids’ transition to school and for long-term academic success. The report is part of AECF’s KIDS COUNT series, and includes data on early childhood development for every state and Washington, DC.

The Census Bureau released its third Supplementary Poverty Measure report, which takes into account the impact of various benefits and necessary expenses on families’ resources. According to the report, the nation’s poverty rate was 16.0 percent in 2012, unchanged from 2011. The official poverty rate in 2012 was also not significantly different from the corresponding rate in 2011.


  • November 6 - The Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the Bureau of Prisons and Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism.
  • November 11 - The Graduate Center at CUNY will host Moving New York City Forward in 2014 and Beyond. Hear from a diverse group of stakeholders about the many issues facing New York in 2014, and be part of the conversation about how the next Mayor should created a 21st Century city that works for everyone. Read the full 21st Century City report here. Read a chapter by Andrew White, Director of the Center for New York City Affairs, here.
  • November 13 - National Center on Family Homelessness and First Focus will host a briefing to commemorate National Homeless Awareness Month. The briefing will highlight the latest policy and research and on child, youth and family homelessness.