Forty-four national organizations have signed on to the national Coalition for Community Schools recommendations for a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These organizations span education, health, youth development, and civil rights and include the AFT, AASA, National League of Cities, Opportunity Action, First Focus Campaign for Children, and National PTA, reflecting the large scope of organizations in support of community school principles.
RI Kids Count released a new Issue Brief, Child Poverty in Rhode Island, which covers the prevalence and impact of child poverty in Rhode Island communities and recommendations for short-term assistance and long-term solutions to lift families out of poverty. Addressing child poverty in Rhode Island requires a multi-faceted approach, including strategies that attract high-wage jobs, improve the education levels of our current and future workforce and provide access to job training, literacy programs and English language acquisition.
Access to affordable, quality child care and health care can help to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on children.