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NCCP Examines the Role of Community Development Corporations
Recognizing this, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) decided to undertake an exploratory project to see what community-based organizations in low-income communities and neighborhoods are doing to promote the healthy development of low-income young children and families through child development and family support strategies. NCCP focused on three questions:
The National Center for Children in Poverty investigates these questions and more in a new report entitled, The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children.
The authors look at CDC sites in the following cities: Chicago, IL; Tulsa, OK; Oakland, CA; Bronx, NY; and Portland, OR.
The authors - Jane Knitzer, Ed.D., Deputy Director of NCCP, and Fida Adely, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, - find CDCs have the potential to play a stronger role in promoting better outcomes for young children and their families if they had access to better resources and technical assistance.
Many CDCs implement child development and family support programs, and assist child care providers and families. However, broader efforts to improve conditions and outcomes for young children and families are essential if CDCs are to realize their full and powerful potential.
The report, The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children may be downloaded from the NCCP Web site at http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/roleCDC.html .
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