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Ariane Karakalos

NCCP | The Changing Face of Child Poverty in California - 0 views

  • Despite the national decline in child poverty and low-income rates in the United States since the early 1990s, the rates in California have surpassed those of the nation.
  • a large and growing majority of poor children live in working families, and as many of California’s poor children live in two-parent as in single-parent families.
  • Almost half of all California’s children are immigrants, and the large majority of these immigrants are Hispanic.
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  • Poverty rates for Hispanic children increased from 30 to 34 percent, an increase of 14 percent. Poverty rates for African-American children went from 32 to 24 percent. At the same time, the poverty rates for white children stayed nearly flat at about 11 percent.
  • The poverty rate for Asian-American children was 19 percent during 1996–2000.
  • Children in two-parent families in California are more likely to be poor than they were two decades ago, but they continue to have much lower poverty rates than children living with single mothers.
    • Garry Golden
      all relevant stats for our Domain work... have noted this file in Dropbox as well as a resource
Lisa Eriksen

CHARTS: 5 Takeaways From the Latest Census Data - US News and World Report - 0 views

    Interesting summary of US census data.  "A majority of children under 2 are minorities, according to the data, and 49.9 percent of all children under five are minorities." Are museums paying attention?
Ariane Karakalos

Community Involvement : Discovery Center Museum : Rockford, IL - 0 views

  • Discovery Center Museum has provided after school activities within the Rockford School District #205 for the past 10 years. The After School Achievement Program is provided to schools within the Rockford School District that are defined as Title One schools. These schools are all located in predominately low-income neighborhoods and have a high number of children on the free or reduced lunch program, and have been placed on a statewide Watch List due to their low academic test scores. This program runs from September-May each year.
  • safe environment, positive mentoring and lessons that foster success in school and the community at large. Our program helps children succeed, develop a positive self-image and stay in school by improving their English language, reading, math, science and creative skills. Our program also teaches social and personal life skills, team building, and exposes children to a wide variety of cultural experiences
  • These after school programs are partially funded by the state of Illinois. Discovery Center provides approximately $100,000 of in-kind services for the five schools in which we serve as Lead Agency. This support is in the form of donated staff salaries, a free Family Nights at the museum for participating children and their families, materials, food, student incentives, contractual costs to other participating organizations, free admission to the museum for a field trip one time each year and free family memberships to the museum to all lead agency schools (approximately 500 families).
Ruth Cuadra

China Loosens One-Child Policy | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Developmen... - 0 views

    The Communist Party announced changes to their one-child policy to allow urban couple to have two children is both parents are only-children.  China's population is aging rapidly and they face looming labor shortages before they can get a firm foothold on prosperity.
Megan Conn

Schoolyard designed for children with autism - 1 views

    Learning/play innovation for children with autism
Lisa Eriksen

Kidsdata: Data and Resources about the Health of Children - 0 views

    Good site for finding data on demographics in CA
Ariane Karakalos

The Cost of "Free": Admission Fees at American Art Museums - 0 views

  • Museum theorists such as Elaine Heumann Gurian point out that admission fees may be the single biggest obstacle preventing museums from fulfilling their missions as educational institutions that are open and accessible to the widest range of visitors from all income levels and backgrounds. But is the financial position of most art museums so precarious that the 5 percent of operating budget provided by admissions fees is indispensable to the survival of the institution? Is there a middle ground between free admission and a standard entrance fee?
  • Potential visitors—especially families with children—are often concerned about the financial costs associated with a museum visit, such as transportation, parking and lunch. As the costs have risen, visitors expect greater value for their admission dollars.
  • Many of us have visited museums and seen the words “suggested donation” or “recommended amount” next to the admission fees. The actual amount collected per visitor is often significantly lower than the suggested amount
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  • he Art Institute of Chicago switched from free Tuesdays to free Thursday evenings, from 5-8 p.m.
  • At the time of this writing, there is not much more than anecdotal evidence available on the desired result of racially and ethnically diverse visitors during free evening hours, but the Art Institute of Chicago has every reason to believe its change in free hours achieved this. “We had Chicagoans in the museum who reported that it was their first-ever visit,” Lee said. “We had parents telling us that they were grateful that the free hours allowed them to easily bring their children after work. We had more visitors per free hour than we did when the free hours were on Tuesdays.
  • the competing priorities of ideology, practicality and economics. By designating periods of free admission to attract the infrequent visitor, museums can more easily justify charging an entrance fee on a regular basis
  • Cool Culture, an inventive nonprofit formed in 1999, has created a family pass to 71 cultural institutions in New York City. The pass is intended for low-income families, and the program’s primary clients are Head Start and other subsidized child-care centers. Two-thirds of participants have household incomes below the federal poverty line.
  • Although transportation is not provided, participants can visit at any time and return as many times as they wish.
  • Cool Culture’s success is in the numbers: Families who have the Cool Culture Pass are four times more likely to visit a museum than families without the pass, according to Linda Steele, executive director.    
  • one might logically conclude that museums with no admission fee will attract larger audiences and thus have a better chance at earning more revenue within the museum: more visitors, more sales in shops or restaurants. Upon closer scrutiny, this assumption may not be true.
  • museum visitors who did not pay an admission fee were likely to spend even less on additional goods or services than the average visitor who paid a fee to enter, even they were not museum members.
  • responses from museums of various sizes, settings and budgets. The most commonly mentioned benefits of free admission were service to the community and accessibility to a more diverse audience. Increased exposure, attendance and public relations opportunities also ranked high, as did improved opportunities for individual, corporate and foundation support. The primary drawbacks were lost revenue and the inability to build a membership base. Security concerns also figured prominently.
  • Do Not Touch” signs in art exhibitions. Of the 15 responding museums that offered limited free admission days or hours, more than half reported a significant difference in visitor demographics: seniors, large family groups, school groups, disabled persons and drug or alcohol recovery groups were most likely to attend at these times. Museums in Seattle, Scottsdale, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area all reported an increase in student visitors on free admission days. Sue Cake, a longtime docent at the Oakland Museum of California, observed that free admission days enabled teachers to assign a museum visit as part of a class lesson, likely a factor for increased student visitation at many museums.
  • can discount or waive admission fees on a case-by-case basis. “The experience should have value like a movie, going out to eat, a concert or any other leisure-time activity,” said Deputy Director Amy Oppio. “It is . . . important for guests to believe in supporting the organization and its mission.” 
  • Not all respondents shared Oppio’s view. One of the survey questions asked about the ideal admission fee structure. Of the 24 museums that responded to this question, 30 percent said that free admission is the way to go. Midge Bowman, executive director of the Frye Art Museum, responded that art museums “should be free as public libraries are. Without this open admission, they remain elitist institutions.”
  • ents we write and the act of imposing an entry fee,” she wrote. “Museums, if they remain oriented toward their paying customers will not . . . feel motivated to become essential elements within the community and an important educational resource for all individuals wishing to learn.”
Ruth Cuadra

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine - 0 views

    ideas about colors and clothing for children changes with the generations

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR - 0 views

  • Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.
Karen Wade

More grandparents serving as primary caregivers to children - - 0 views

    More and more grandparents are, and will continue to be, those who parent their grandchildren.
Ruth Cuadra

How Social Robotics is Revolutionising Therapy for Autistic Children - 0 views

    Social robots are simpler to interact with than humans, can repeat games with infinite patience and record the data for further study. Applications with Alzheimer patients too?
Elizabeth Merritt

Across cultural lines, home schooling has boomed since COVID-19 hit - Virginia Mercury - 0 views

    African Americans represent the fastest-growing home-schooling demographic nationwide, and Black and Hispanic families have been more likely than Whites to home-school their children during the pandemic, according to a 2020 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Garry Golden

IFTF: The Magic of KidsTech - 1 views

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Family Matters: The Money Squeeze : NPR - 0 views

  • Nearly 10 million adult children are caring for aging parents today,
Ileana Maestas

Alternative to Traditional School Funding - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week - 0 views

  • Budget shortfalls are forcing states to come up with novel solutions for the wide disparities between poor and affluent school districts. The latest reminder was a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in May that ordered the Legislature to increase spending for only the 31 poorest urban districts ("Court Orders New Jersey to Increase Aid to Schools," The New York Times, May 24). Not surprisingly, the decision did not please the other districts in the state. In light of the problem in New Jersey and in other states as well, perhaps it's time to consider what is known as weighted student funding. The Summer 2011 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management contains a study by Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske titled "Weighted Student Funding in the Netherlands: A Model for the U.S.?" For the past quarter of a century, the Netherlands has been using a version of WSF for all its elementary schools serving children from ages 4 to 12.
    Alternative funding for traditional schools
Lisa Eriksen

The Magic of KidsTech: Enchantments and Curses | Institute For The Future - 0 views

    "with instant consumption, ambient assistance, and contextual awareness, the delay between desire and result is shrinking. Instant feedback and constant affirmation of status will be the norm. Patience may be a virtue, but it will be measured in seconds, not days." Look forward to spending time reading the full report. What is the impact on museums?  Can we keep up with expectations of gamified information streams?
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