New brief spotlights funding sources to boost student mental health services

Student mental health challenges have been deeply exacerbated by the pandemic, and many state and local policymakers have acknowledged a need to implement strong mental health services to better support children. To aid in this effort, Education Commission of The States released a policy brief […]

Updated national student survey shows improvements compared to spring 2020

In July 2020, YouthTruth released a national report that surveyed more than 20,000 students about their learning and well-being during that first wave of school closures, Students Weigh In: Learning & Well-Being During COVID-19. Although intended to be a standalone report, the organization has now […]

Experts give tips on spotting signs of child abuse during distance learning

Cases of child abuse rose significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic while reports decreased, but there are strategies teachers and school officials can use to identify the signs even in virtual learning, according to a Feb. 16 webinar hosted by CSBA Business Affiliate Keenan & Associates. […]

Latest California Healthy Kids Study highlights areas that could use improvement in schools

Even before the coronavirus pandemic left more children isolated and experiencing higher levels of stress, a decline in mental health was being reported by students in the golden state, according to the latest California Healthy Kids Survey results. Coordinated by the California Department of Education […]

Past chronic absence data can help identify students most in danger of falling behind during pandemic

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, one out of six children — or 8 million U.S. students — experienced some level of chronic absenteeism,  according to an analysis of the most recent federal data. Those with the most absences are also in the groups hardest hit […]

Homeless students require long-term support from schools to improve outcomes

Homelessness is rising among public school students in large cities across the country, and the impacts of homelessness on a student’s educational outcomes persist even after they are sheltered, according to a recent working paper from University of Southern California researchers. Using nine years of […]

Labor trafficking is overlooked, needs immediate attention new study finds

More than 14,000 Californians received state help between 2016 and 2019 to recover from human trafficking — 26 percent of whom were under the age of 18, according to a new report from the Little Hoover Commission. California must prioritize victim services for labor trafficking […]

Surgeon General’s report highlights need for cross-sector cooperation to support children and families

California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris released a report Dec. 9 to help support communities to recognize and effectively address Adverse Childhood Experiences — experiences that can include neglect, homelessness and witnessing violence in the home or community. In a press conference the following day, […]