Parents, caregivers, and caring adults

Rain Brings Frogs- A Little Book of Hope

Rain Brings Frogs - A Little Book of HOPE  is a children's book with message of hope, kindness, tolerance, appreciation & generosity.  This book is geared toward Pre-school to age 8 and  compliments current anti-bullying campaigns. Early education is important in prevention of bullying and this simple book serves as a spring board for discussion of kindness and inclusion and tolerance. Thank you for your consideration.  www.maryanncoccaleffler.com  (603) 672-8991. I would be happy to send copies for your review.

Social Policy Report Brief

The Social Policy Report Brief on Making Schools Safe for Sexual-Minority and All Students is a two-page summary of a longer research report that reviews the evidence on how to create safer school environments for LGBTQ and all youth. The brief provides an overview of research on the subject and provides policy and practice recommendations that will be relevant for educators, parents and students, in addition to federal, state and local policymakers.

SaySo, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out)

SaySo,Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) is a youth driven advocacy organization for youth ages 14-24 who are or have been in substitute care. This includes foster care, kinship care, group homes, mental health placements and others. The mission of SaySo is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care. The website provides information, resources and tools to help youth who are in transition.

Social Policy Report: Safe Schools Policy for LGBTQ Students

The Social Policy Report on Safe Schools for LGBTQ students provides an extensive review of the research evidence on creating safe schools for LGBTQ students. The report makes policy and practice recommendations that will be relevant for educators, parents and students, in addition to federal, state and local policymakers.

Planning and Evaluation Resource Center

The Planning and Evaluation Resource Center web site is an online tutorial and clearinghouse of evaluation and planning tools. This dynamic site includes evaluation and planning tools, tips, and opportunities to link with others looking to use evaluation to strengthen community youth-development programs.

School Dropout Prevention: A Civil Rights and Public Health Imperative

As the true dropout figures emerge across the nation, the crisis nature of the problem is apparent. Recent reports indicate that more than half a million young people drop out of high school each year, and the rate at which they drop out has remained about the same for the last 30 years (Dynarski, et al., 2008). The data confirm that in far too many school districts a majority of students do not have sufficient supports to enable them to succeed at school and will not graduate.

School Attendance Problems: Are Current Policies & Practices Going in the Right Direction?

Reducing school absences is one of the most challenging matters facing schools. In addressing the problem, it is important to begin by exploring two questions: What factors lead to student absences? How can schools more effectively address the problem? This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to school attendance problems and then frames directions for policy and practice. 

Mobilizing a Cross-Sector Collaborative for Systemic Change

This report details the major phases of Project U-Turn, a cross-sector collaborative in Philadelphia focusing on reducing dropouts and improving youth outcomes.

Parent Resources - Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

These brochures help parents understand bullying, cyberbullying, children's use of social networking websites, bullying of GLBT children, and other similar topics.  The brochures help parents have conversations with their children about these issues to promote improved education and awareness.  

Making the Juvenile Justice-Workforce System Connection for Re-Entering Young Offenders

This guidebook is designed to provide advice from the field to communities interested in pursuing more formal connections, or strengthening existing connections, between the workforce and justice systems. It focuses on specific challenges and how selected communities addressed them. The information was gathered via two surveys and site visits.