Children and Youth Funding Report

Child Welfare

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Agency Publishes Guidance on TANF Work, Education Requirements

The Health and Human Services Dept's Office of Family Assistance (OFA) published guidance outlining how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies can support postsecondary completion for TANF recipients. OFA recommends using TANF dollars to fund work-study programs. TANF benefit...

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HHS Issues New CCDF Standards To Improve Quality And Safety For Child Care

HHS' Admin, for Children and Families (ACF) releases new quality and safety standards aimed at providing higher quality care and safer environments for programs that receive funding under the $5 billion Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The rule, which implements bipartisan legislation sig...

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CNCS Awards $21M to Expand Impact of Children, Youth Programs

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) names the winners of its Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Classic grant competition. The grants totaling $21 million will support youth development and healthy outcomes for children and youth. SIF mobilizing private resources to find and grow...

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CLASP Releases latest Head Start National Snapshot

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) releases a national snapshot of participants in the Head Start program, the nation's preschool program which serves about 1 million underserved and needy children each year. The 2016 snapshot uses Program Information Reports (PIR) collected during t...

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USDA Awards $16.8M for SNAP Programs

The Agriculture Dept. distributes $16.8 million in competitive grants to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the old Food Stamp program) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) progr...

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HUD Names Final Round Of Promise Zone Communities

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. names the final nine Promise Zones across the country - high poverty areas in select urban, rural and tribal communities – that will be eligible for additional federal aid to help in revitalization efforts. "Promise Zones bring the power of partnersh...

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Utah, Florida Extend Medicaid, CHIP to Immigrant Children

Child welfare advocates are praising a move by lawmakers in Utah and Florida to extend Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits to lawfully present immigrant children who had previously been excluded for such services. Thirty states and the District of Columbia now allo...

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ACF Seeks Comments Foster Care ‘Visitation’ Application

The Administration for Children and Families (HHS) seeks comments on the proposed revisions to the application for its Access and Visitation Program (CFDA Number: 93.597).  Public Comment Deadline: June 26. The AV program (http://tinyurl.com/hnlrpa2) provides $10 million in formula funding t...

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TANF Cash Assistance Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Advocates Say

Children and youth advocates are urging congressional appropriators to increase funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which has been significantly eroded by inflation over the last several decades, said a new report. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CL...

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HHS Approves Allotment of $3B in LIHEAP Funding

The Health & Human Services Dept. (HHS) approves the appropriation of $3 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding (LIHEAP) to support state programs that help families who struggle to heat their homes during the winter months. LIHEAP (CFDA Number: 93.568) is overseen by H...

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