Tom Pollak Edit Name
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Thomas Pollak is program director of the nonprofit National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute, a Washington DC-based research organization, which he joined in 1996. He has his law degree from Georgetown University and has been actively involved with a range of other nonprofit organizations as a director, volunteer, consultant and employee.
Child Trends' mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.
Schools of the 21st Century is based on 6 components includeing guidance & support for teachers, early care & education, programs for school age children both before and after school and on school vacation, health education & services, networks and training for child care providers, and information and referral services.
The Harlem Children's Zone is providing social, educational and medical services to children in a 60 block neighborhood. The philosophy of the program is that a child will do better if all the children around them are doing better. The organization goes door to door recruiting children for the program and offers incentive to parents to enroll their children.
Strive, an organization based in Cincinnati, is approaching education in an innovative way. Adopting a holistic approach, Strive is bringing together educators, nonprofits, grantmakers, elected officials and corporations to foster children's education from "cradle to career". Based on collaboration and... (continued)
The Knowledge is Power Program currently has 82 schools in 19 states. It is an intense program requiring longer school days, heavy teacher and parent involvement and a focus on results. The results are remarkable. Nationally, 100% of KIPP 8th grade classes outperform their district averages in both math and reading and 85% of KIPP students go on to attend college.
This guide assists Community Action Agencies and other community-based organizations in their quest toward such a vision, this guide presents ideas, examples, promising practices, and technical information. It addresses the following: planning for workforce development; working with the workforce development... (continued)
In this report, the Center for American Progress's Task Force on Poverty calls for a national goal of cutting poverty in half in the next 10 years and proposes a strategy to reach the goal, and recommends policies which could achieve goal goal.
This paper suggests that although skills are a increasingly important necessity in the current labor market, federal spending on workforce development has decreased over time. The paper reviews studies of cost effectiveness of programs for adults and children and recent developments in workforce policy, then includes policy recommendations.
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the U.S. poverty rate reached 13.2 percent in 2008. Even this significant increase from the 12.5 percent rate in 2007 surely understates the share of Americans struggling to make ends meet today.
Press release for the Virtual Senior Center, an experimental project for creating an online community for older people, preventing isolation of home-bound seniors.
This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities for expanding rural elder care options, strategies for increasing access and options for elder care, steps to move forward in building rural communities that support elder care and five models for rural elder care.
This article tells the stories of several "village movement" based organizations, which allows many older adults to live in their homes, while also having the services and community necessary.
The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's report lists successful programs from around the nation in promoting recovery and providing serves to individuals with mental disorders. It also provides recommendations for steps that can be taken at national, state and local levels to improve mental health services and supports for people of... (continued)
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 180 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. We connect members of the public to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities.
Cincinnati Works has an 80% one year job retention rate among its participants and is currently being replicated is Texas and Kentucky. The model not only focuses on initial job placement, but on retention, advancement, and managing barriers to long term employment.
Project Quest partners with employers in need of skilled workers and community colleges offering the required courses, Project Quest recruits and trains workers for highly skilled positions in in industries such as healthcare electronics and information systems.
The Backpack Program provides food to students on weekends and school vacations when the free or reduced price school lunch is not available.