|Research and Resources|
|3/22/2013 ||Be Sure Texas Kids Get the Same Health Opportunities as Children in Other States |
| ||The third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's passage is March 23. This policy brief points out how important it is for Texas to implement the law, including accepting funds for Medicaid expansion, if the state wants to keep up progress in ensuring more Texas children have access to the health care they need.|
|2/6/2013 ||Solutions to Our Texas Challenge: 30 Ways to Build a Better Future for Kids and Our State.
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can Texas improve conditions for children and, therefore, the outlook
for our state? This report includes results of a year-long research project by a team of
students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and also represents
recommendations resulting from meetings with hundreds of Texans who have
worked directly with Texans Care for Children over the past two years.
|1/30/2013 ||Things Texas Can Do to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Youth |
| ||A conversation is happening nationally and in Texas right now regarding children, youth, and mental health. These 16 strategies would be a step in the right direction.|
|1/9/2013 ||School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports- A Plan for Texas |
| || Texas schools are regularly confronted with student social and behavioral challenges that get in the way of teachers teaching and students learning. This report provides an initial plan and framework for proactively addressing discipline, conduct, and behavior problems in Texas schools through School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS). |
|12/15/2012||The Curbing Hunger Challenge Toolkit |
| ||The Curbing Hunger Challenge Toolkit: A step-by-step guide on how to educate policymakers about low-income communities with limited access to healthful foods. Made possible with a grant from Presbyterian Hunger Program USA.|
|7/25/2012 ||Juvenile Justice in Texas: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Headed |
| || Since 2007, Texas has enacted a series of juvenile justice reforms that move us closer to the promise of safer communities and greater success for youth. Texas must not reverse the progress it has made. Reverting to less accountability in the system or to a more punitive response to young offenders cannot be the way forward after so much effective change.
|5/7/2012 ||A Check-Up on Children's Mental Health |
| ||How are kids in Texas faring when it comes to mental health? Is our state meeting children's mental health needs? This report provides a check-up.
|4/29/2012 ||A Lone Star State Collaboration Success: The Texas Council on Children and Families |
| ||In 2009, Texas created a Council on Children and Families in order to reduce any fragmentation of services across numerous state programs for families with children.|
|4/24/2012 ||Children and the 2012 Elections |
| ||This election
policy guide gives child advocates, candidates and voters what they need to know to secure America's future by giving kids a good start.
|4/17/2012 ||What Texans Make Possible with Their Taxes |
| ||What is it that Texans pool their
resources for? We look at the public structures and services that we all count on in our cities,
counties, and school districts, as well as at the state and national level.
|2/21/2012 ||Ounces of Prevention, Pounds of Cure |
| || What is Texas doing about the growing childhood obesity challenge our state faces?
|1/31/2012 ||A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Children |
| ||As featured on Fox 7, KVUE, KLBJ, KEYE and WOAI, our definitive guide for new parents in Texas. |
|1/25/2012 ||Ensuring Appropriate Psychotropic Medication Usage for Children in Foster Care |
| || A recent report by the United States Government Accountability Office found that Texas foster children are more likely than foster children in other states to be prescribed psychotropic medications, but there are ways the state can limit children's unnecessary exposure to drugs.
|6/29/2011 ||A Session Recap on the Bottom Line: Children and the 82nd Texas Legislature |
| ||The complete report on the 2011 legislative session and what it means for the wellbeing of Texas children|
|5/23/2011 ||Ensuring the Child Welfare System Works for All Texas Children |
| ||An examination of why children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds face differing outcomes within the Child Protective Services system--and what Texas is doing to ensure all children receive appropriate CPS care.|
|1/25/2011 ||A Report on the Bottom Line: Conditions for Children and the Texas of Tomorrow |
| ||Texas children are trailing their peers in other parts of the country on a host of indicators. Why that is, and what Texas can do about it.|
|1/15/2011 ||Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline |
| || School disciplinary measures are increasingly entering children into the correctional system for even minor offenses, but there are key things Texas can do to slow the "school-to-prison pipeline."
|12/14/2010||To Improve Wellbeing for Children, State Policy Matters Most |
| ||Texans Care for Children examined key indicators in two national reports to determine why Texas consistently ranks poorly in child wellbeing.|
|12/1/2010 ||The Case for Taxing Sugary Drinks in Texas |
| ||Taxing sugary drinks in Texas could help reduce rates of obesity and overweight for both children and adults in our state.|
|6/11/2010 ||Preventing Poverty through Asset Building |
| || Texas families experience poverty at higher rates than families in nearly every other state, but there are ways to help them build assets that will aid in achieving and maintaining financial stability.
|5/19/2010 ||Creating a Workforce to Support Children's Mental Health |
| || An exploration of the challenges facing the children's mental health workforce in Texas and ways for the state to capitalize on opportunities to help children grow up well.
|5/6/2010 ||The Officer Will See You Now |
| ||An estimated 7 in 10 children in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental disorder, but Texas can reverse the trend toward juvenile justice as default mental health provider for kids.|
|5/6/2010 ||Treatment, Not Punishment: Untangling the Mental Health-Juvenile Justice Knot |
| ||Texas' juvenile justice system is becoming the default mental health care provider for the state's youth due to limited resources dedicated to promoting children's mental health.|
|1/20/2010 ||Promoting Children's Social and Emotional Development |
| || A number of strategies to help Texas more effectively foster healthy development in the earliest years of children's lives, warding off problems later in life that taxpayers might have to pay for.|
|12/9/2009 ||Transitions to Adulthood for Texas Foster Youth |
| ||An examination of situations faced by Texas foster youth who turn 18 without having found a permanent home, transitioning into adulthood without the emotional and financial support of a family.|
|8/25/2009 ||The Recession and Texas Children: How the Lone Star State's Kids are Weathering the Economic Storm |
| ||A discussion of the costs of child poverty for Texas, the long-term effects of recession-induced poverty, and the unique challenges that Texas children are dealing with during this economic downturn|
|8/24/2009 ||Child Wellbeing, Immigrant Populations, and Taxes |
| ||Texas is the only state in the nation with a very high population of immigrant children to also rank in the bottom fifth for child wellbeing, but it shares a certain approach to taxation with other states that rank poorly in child wellbeing.|
|7/15/2009 ||Beyond the Hype: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits and Advocates |
| ||Practical strategies for novices who want concrete tips for using social media to achieve your goals.|
|6/23/2009 ||Children and the 81st Legislature: A Recap of the 2009 Texas Legislative Session |
| ||Our complete report on how the 2009 legislative session in Texas impacted children and families.|
|5/7/2009 ||Children's Mental Health in Texas: Running a Diagnostic Test |
| || An examination of Texas' services and policies pertaining to children's mental health and development.|
|4/15/2009 ||Advocacy Training Manual |
| ||Our complete resource offers everything an advocate needs to know to influence policy decisions in Texas.|
|1/7/2009 ||The Children's Campaign: An Agenda for the Decade - 2009 Report Update |
| ||Our comprehensive report covers how Texas ranks in child wellbeing and our progress as a state this decade.|
|12/30/2008||101 Ways to Put Kids 1st |
| ||This mid-sized poster offers 101 ideas for how you can improve the lives of Texas children.|
|8/30/2008 ||How Are the Children? A Listening Tour Report |
| ||Texans Care for Children's 2008 report on what eight Texas communities said they need for their children.|
|1/1/2007 ||The Children's Campaign: An Agenda for the Decade - 2007 Update |
| ||Our 2007 report on how our state compares to others in child wellbeing and what progress we've made.|
|4/13/2005 ||Early Learning Left Out: Closing the Investment Gap for America's Youngest Children |
See our 2nd edition, written in partnership with Voices for America's Children and the Child and Family Policy Center.
|12/30/2004||The Children's Campaign: An Agenda for the Decade - 2004 Edition |
| ||Our first in the Children's Campaign series tracks how Texas progressed from 2000 to 2005 on a series of child wellbeing indicators.|
|9/15/2004 ||Checklist for the Healthy Development of Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care |
| ||This two-page checklist is a resource for caregivers and others working with young children in foster care.|