9-12 APRIL 2016
[U.S.] Diversified Community Services operates two childcare centers, both of which have been distinguished with four Keystone STARS. “A four-star Keystone STAR rating is the highest level you can reach,” Bullock said of the state ranking.
“The Keystone STARS system is a great tool to establish the basic level of quality for early childhood education centers, [and] professional development opportunity for my staff,” said Bullock. According to the well-known High/Scope Perry Preschool study, children who attend structured programs before kindergarten are better prepared to achieve academic success, complete high school and earn higher wages. This is particularly true for children from low-income backgrounds.
Early start making a big difference in child protection
[Australia] Two US child protection experts are in Melbourne this week, talking to local services about ways to safely reduce the need for children and teenagers to be removed from their families.
A spokeswoman says the Victorian government wants to learn from other jurisdictions and countries as part of its goal of reforming the children and families' services sector to focus more effectively on prevention and early intervention. "For those children who need to be removed from their families' care, the goal is to work intensively with the children and their families so they can be safely returned home in a short timeframe."
"With a study room, a coffee shop, a supermarket, an infirmary and even a factory, it is a community in miniature, but its functions are the same," says Dou.The plan envisages the more capable autistic people participating in product design and production processes in the factory, while those less capable can work in a store, coffee shop, canteen or laundry. "Those who have dexterous hands and good manners are likely to be introduced to work with ordinary people," says Dou.
[U.S.] The Older Americans Act, first passed in 1965, has been in need of reauthorization since 2011. The bill provides much-needed funding for caregiver support, transportation, job training, protection from abuse and financial exploitation and nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who co-sponsored the legislation, said that in addition to extending the Act’s core programs, new provisions in the bill strengthen elder abuse protections, direct the administration to put forward guidelines for caring for Holocaust survivors, support oral health among seniors and promote the modernization of senior centers.
[U.S.] Michigan has observed a mild decrease in children being placed in foster care in recent years, but its health workers also deduced that the need for birth parents is still persistent.Charles Ludwig, director of Court Appointed Special Advocates program of CARE House of Oakland County, noted that adoption is only a secondary option for foster kids. The primary objective of foster care is to help children return to their birth families. If those are not feasible, guardianship with another family member is another possible outcome, Ludwig said.
"Most children who come into care, the goal is reunification and most people don't understand that," Ludwig said. State figures also reveal more than 50 percent of foster kids eventually return to their families.
[U.K.] Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. Ministers have said households affected by the changes could work extra hours to make up the difference, but charities have said that will be impossible in many cases, and that the cuts will push more families into poverty.
The ambitious universal credit project, which aims to streamline existing working-age benefits into a single monthly payment, is six years behind schedule, and critics say Treasury cuts have undermined its original vision of making work – and working extra hours – more attractive than relying on state benefits.
[Korea] “Korea is facilitating women’s economic participation through work-life balance and establishing a gender-equal culture that fits the status and prestige of our nation,” Korean Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kang Eun-hee said in a speech.
“The Korean government provides to young women skills enhancing programs to aid their career development, employment and entrepreneurship, through the University Career Development Centers for the Creative Economy and the Academy for Promising Women.” The government has also strengthened support for paternity leave, shorter work hours during childbirth and rearing periods and public and private child care centers, Kang noted.
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