Keeping Kids with Family: How Texas Can Support Kinship Caregivers

Rachel Cooper

This week CPPP released Keeping Kids with Family: How Texas Can Financially Support Kinship Caregivers, a new brief that explains who kinship caregivers are and what the Texas Legislature can do to support these family members and friends who have stepped up to provide homes for children whose parents cannot care for them. These “kinship […]

2016-17 Legislative Budget Snapshot

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With just weeks remaining in the regular session of the 84th Legislature, House and Senate conferees are working out the two chambers’ different versions of House Bill 1, the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act. Wherever different levels of funding are proposed, the conferees may choose to go with the lower amount, the higher amount, or compromise […]

Texas House Budget: The Day After

As the dust settles on the 17-hour HB 1 debate in the Texas House, it’s worth noting what made it into the final House budget proposal, what didn’t, and what the key takeaways were. Journalists and spectators have already said plenty about the purely political or ideologically driven attacks on everything from public transit to […]

Time for State Leaders to be Heroes for Kids

Superheroes are known for their special powers. As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I was dazzled by Wonder Woman as she wielded her bracelets and Lasso of Truth to fight evil and protect democracy. As an adult, I am continually inspired by Texas parents who exhibit real superpowers every day: protecting their kids […]

Analysis in Brief: DFPS Budget Proposals

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

This week, I testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II on their respective starting-point budget proposals for DFPS. This testimony comes a month after the Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Straus (R – San Antonio) introduced HB 1, the House’s recommendations for funding state […]

Kinship Care: Keeping Kids with Families

Rachel Cooper

253,000 Texas kids live with family or close friends who have stepped in to care for them when their parents aren’t able. These arrangements, known as “kinship care,” provide stability and familiarity for children at vulnerable times, but often create financial hardship for the caregivers. A number of resources are available, but current systems make […]

Budget Should Meet the Growing Needs of Children In Foster Care

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

Since Texas children account for nearly one of every 11 children in the U.S., our state government must continue to invest in programs and services that ensure children live in safe and loving homes. That’s why last week I visited with the Child Protection Roundtable about the Department of Family and Protective Services’ (DFPS) 2016-17 […]

CPPP Report Reissued To Provide Context for Today’s Unaccompanied Child Immigration Crisis

Working for a Better Texas

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is deeply saddened by reports of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States, many detained by border security and then left to languish in military facilities ill-equipped to care for them. The situation is clearly a humanitarian crisis, but it’s also a much bigger, more complicated policy crisis. To […]

After the Bell: Enhanced Out-of-School Engagement for Texas Students

Chandra Villanueva

As students head back to school it’s important to keep in mind the significant role structured high-quality out-of-school time plays in student well-being. Most risky adolescent behavior occurs between 3:00pm and 6:00pm and right now 26 percent of Texas students are taking care of themselves after school. Creating additional learning spaces outside the regular school […]

What can be done to help disadvantaged children succeed in school?

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

What can be done to address the barriers that often make it difficult for disadvantaged children to succeed in school?   Noted education researcher Helen Ladd of Duke University proposes three steps, all backed by extensive research: Disadvantaged children often suffer from poor health and nutrition—which can be corrected by high-quality early childhood and preschool programs. […]