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Children’s Aid Shines the Lights on Afterschool

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On October 17, The Children’s Aid Society joined organizations around the country for the 14th Annual Lights On Afterschool rally. Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of after-school programs for America's children, families and communities.

Community Schools in Action: Addressing the Opportunity Gap

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In 1992, Children's Aid launched its first community school, which organizes the resources of the school and the community around student success.

Reading for the Record and a Visit from Simba

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On October 3, children and adults across America united to read the children’s book Otis by Loren Long as part of Jumpstart’s national campaign, Read for the Record. Each year, this campaign brings millions individuals together to promote the importance of early childhood education, literacy and kindergarten preparedness.

Domestic Violence Part 1: What Everyone Should Know

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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are republishing four posts written by Kerry Moles, Children's Aid's Director of Family Wellness. Check back each week in October for upcoming blogs on The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, Why People Abuse and Why Victims Stay.

NY Giants’ Justin Tuck Headlines College Savings Program Launch

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New York Giants’ football star Justin Tuck joined the Citi Foundation and the 1:1 Fund yesterday at the Children’s Aid College Prep to launch a new initiative helping students save and plan for college. A select group of students from AAMI and 100 first and second graders from the charter school are the first group of students to participate.

The program is called CAS College Savers, and all students who sign up for a CAS College Savers account will receive a $100 seed deposit, dollar-for-dollar matched contributions of up to $100 during the first school year and additional matches and incentives as families contribute to the accounts. Initial funding for the program is provided through a $100,000 grant from Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a philanthropic initiative established in 2008 by Tuck and his wife Lauran.

The Citi Foundation has supported this initiative by creating a comprehensive program that includes a college readiness curriculum, financial education for children and parents and a matched student savings plan. The 1:1 Fund, a project of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), allows individual donors to make contributions to the CAS College Savers Program through an online marketplace, which are matched by CFED.

In the United States, graduating from college is the most effective strategy to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. However, less than 10% of students from low-income families graduate from college by their mid-20s. Research demonstrates that dedicated children’s savings accounts–combined with financial education–significantly improve a student’s ability to save for, enroll in and complete college.

The CAS College Savers program joins a growing list of similar efforts in San Francisco, Nevada, Ohio and elsewhere, empowering disadvantaged students to achieve college graduation.

Fannie Lou Students Host a Fresh Foods Youth Market

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Children’s Aid community school Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School recently held its back to school night, where students kicked off the new year in good health by organizing thei

Back to School: The First Week

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Allow for flexibility in your own schedule. You want to be available for any unexpected trips to your child’s school. Some children need help with this new transition and overcoming the anxiety that they may experience at the start of a new school year.

Gearing Up for a New School Year

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All public schools begin classes on Monday, September 9, which does not leave much time to establish a routine if you haven’t already done so in your home. The beginning of a new school year can be anxiety-inducing for parents and children alike but with a few tweaks to a child’s daily routine and pre-planning for the year ahead, the first days of school can start off without a hitch. Below are some helpful tips from The Children’s Aid Society to remember and put into practice to ensure you get off on the right foot:

Staten Island Elected Officials Help Beat the "Summer Slide"

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Staten Island politicians came out to The Children’s Aid Society’s Goodhue Center last week to share their love of reading with summer camp youth for its very first ‘Reading Leaders Day’. Councilwoman Debi Rose, Assemblymember Matthew Titone, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano along with representatives from the offices of the Richmond County District Attorney, State Senator Diane J.

With CME Group Support, Artistic Possibilities Grow in After-School

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In the 2012-2013 school year, after-school arts programming thrived at Children’s Aid community schools P.S. 8, located in Washington Heights, and C.S. 61, located in our South Bronx campus.

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