Monthly Archives: November 2012
|November 30, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Education, Research|
- The percentage of children under the age of 4 lacking health insurance (5 percent) had little to no change from the 2011 report, although the amount of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) declined by over 40,000
- The amount of young children receiving early intervention services and quality child care increased, both by approximately 6 percent, however, Head Start and other public pre-K programs served fewer children than the year prior
- About 38 percent of children under the age of 5 live in low-income families
- 16.5 percent of children ages 4 and under attend publicly funded pre-K, down from 17.6 percent in the 2011 report
- Child abuse and neglect reports and substantiations for children under 5 years old decreased
Only time will tell if the sluggish trend in critical school readiness factors will continue, or what (if any) the eventual impact will be on the Pennsylvania children just beginning their educations. Hopefully, accommodations can be made to maintain these programs as research has found demonstrable cognitive benefits of daycare and pre-K. Even when factors related to a child’s emotional and social development offset some gains, typically, the overall impact is not diminished.
|November 25, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Management, Philanthropy||
Approximately half of American adults intend to donate to a charity this holiday season, including 47 percent of those who are currently unemployed, according to Razoo’s 2012 holiday giving survey. The online survey conducted earlier this month highlights the value families place on philanthropy as 71 percent believe in teaching children the importance of giving at an early age.
A survey from Charity Navigator captures nonprofit expectations of end-of-year giving with over half (51 percent) predicting that it will remain the same as 2011, 32 percent foreseeing an increase in donations, and 6 percent expecting a decline. Nonprofits considered results, familiarity and the fiscal health of the organization to be the top donor concerns when pledging a seasonal gift. Donors agreed that fiscal health and results were key factors in giving decisions, along with the charity’s record of accountability and transparency. What factors do you consider most important when deciding on charitable donations?
|November 18, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Management, News||
The Women’s College of The University of Denver recently released preview data from the upcoming second edition of the study Benchmarking Women’s Leadership indicating little to no growth of women in senior leadership positions in the United States since the 2009 study. Among sectors included in the release were the government/political arena and nonprofits, both areas which are considered more likely to have an equal gender split, if not more women, in their workforce.
In the government sector, women make up over ¼ of executive leadership positions, while among nonprofits, they account for 21 percent in organizations with annual budgets of over $25 million. Social entrepreneurship appears to be a niche where women-led enterprises are thriving in significant numbers, although women lag behind their male counterparts in the entrepreneurship sector overall. Despite evidence that many female entrepreneurs are excelling at startups, and that 20 percent of the top entrepreneurs of 2011 were women, they receive just 11 percent of available startup capital.
The complete results from the second edition of Benchmarking Women’s Leadership study will be released in spring of 2013.
The gender gap in advancement isn’t exactly news, but in the nonprofit sector, where the majority of the employees are women, why are so few reaching the top tier of management?
|November 13, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Education, Policy, Research||
Got the comparative analysis blues? Need more or better data? Well, difficult-to-find data on pre-K programs just got easier to access thanks to a combined effort from the Early Education Initiative and the Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) of the New America Foundation. An expansion of the FEBP database added 2007 through 2011 enrollment and funding information on public early education programs at both the state and local levels – including Head Start and federally mandated special education services to young children.
Alex Holt gives an overview of this valuable resource at the Foundation’s website, and discusses the serious deficit in reliable pre-K data reporting in the brief (with Lisa Guernsey) Counting Kids and Tracking Funds: Falling Short at the Local Level.