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With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in local and regional food systems. CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing financing streams to scale local and regional food systems by increasing access to healthy foods and creating new living wage and accessible jobs in communities across the country.
This briefing details the findings from our 2020 Strengthening Border Families study, which identified barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in Doña Ana County. We also present preliminary results from a survey of frontline workers serving immigrant families across a variety of community settings. We discussed policy and practice recommendations and next steps for the local community and state of New Mexico. We were joined by guest speaker Margie McHugh from the Migration Policy Institute's (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, who shared new data about the population of dual language learners (DLLs) in NM and opportunities for improving equity in early childhood policies and programs for children in immigrant families. Margie's Powerpoint slides are available below, including links to various fact sheets and data sets on DLLs referenced during the briefing.MULTIPHASE STUDY:* PHASE I Community and government agency representative Zoom interviews to examine perceptions of accessibility and quality of services for immigrant families before and during the COVID-19pandemic.* PHASE II Online survey of frontline workers about the accessibility and quality of services forimmigrant families.STUDY GOALS:Understand community perceptions of accessibility and quality of their services for immigrantfamilies with young children;Identify barriers and facilitators for immigrant families accessing services;Develop policy and practice solutions to improve supports for immigrant families with young children in the NM borderlands and throughout the state. ***To access this resource please click the Download button (to the right) then via Publisher will show and double-click that button.
"Connecting the Dots: Building Community Wealth to End Hunger", a panel discussion was scheduled forlate afternoon on the last day of New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Legislative Conferencein January. We wanted to keep the audience engaged so they did not leave the room early. Little did weexpect a spirited exchange, and the start of a journey down the rabbit hole to find deep leverage points.
Evaluation of the Law Enforcement Leadership for Equity (LELE) initiative between the Center forChildren's Law and Policy (CCLP) and four law enforcement departments revealed that law enforcementagencies can achieve policy change goals within one year, confirming that CCLP's process and focus onagency leadership can successfully support reforms in that relatively short time. However, gaps betweenpolicy changes and targeted measurable outcomes evidenced that more work remains for lawenforcement agencies and youth justice professionals working toward racial equity.
The way a community shapes their city, in turn shapes them. There is growing recognition that wherepeople live, work, and play has a significant impact on one's mental, physical, social, environmental, andeconomic well-being.1It is through this lens that communities in the U.S. are exploring ways that canbetter foster healthier outcomes and eliminate health inequities. One such strategy is theimplementation of neighborhood planning initiatives that can rebuild and revitalize equitable spaces thatreflect the needs and wants of local community residents.
The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in December 2020.
Economic development that is equitable, inclusive,and outcome-driven for residents begins byprioritizing community engagement and clearlylinking that engagement to actionable initiativeswith measurable results.
The nation's top educationleaders—across time and partisandivides—have called for all studentsto be able to access an excellenteducation regardless of where theylive. U.S. Secretary of EducationBetsy DeVos says she "believes thatneither the ZIP code in which a childlives nor a child's household incomeshould be the principal determinantof his or her opportunity to receivea world-class education." FormerSecretary of Education John King feelssimilarly, stating that "ensuring a qualityeducation for students regardless ofZIP code is critical."
The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in November 2020.
The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in October 2020.
The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in September 2020.
The following report presents the results of the 100%Community Survey for Doña Ana County,New Mexico.This county-wide assessment was initiated by the Resilience Leaders of Southern New Mexico and follows the 100% Community initiative framework provided by the Anna, Age Eight Institute, whose mission is to "ensure that children, students, and families are safe and thriving." The purpose of the survey was to identify the level of need and access to 10 basic "surviving" and "thriving" family services, as well as perceptions of quality.
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