In Dutchess County, more children are entering foster care, even though rates of reported child abuse and neglect are not rising. What is the cause?
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November 22, 2016
September 26, 2016
Data Updates to Mid-Hudson Valley Profiles Site Provide Comparative Data
The Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles website was recently updated to provide the latest in comparative data for understanding how Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties stack up with each other and the rest of New York State. Now in its fifth year the Community Profiles website is designed to provide government, nonprofits, and educational institutions with a useful, annually updated tool for assessing and understanding the populations they serve and communities in which they operate.
June 30, 2016
Bullying remains a prominent national concern due to its harmful effects on young people, but in the Mid-Hudson Valley, statistics suggest it is mostly on the decline.
The number of reported incidents in the region has decreased 40% since 2004, from about 1,900 to less than 1,200. Incidents are down 40% in Dutchess County, 29% in Orange and 49% in Ulster over that time period.
April 11, 2016
Domestic violence is difficult to track, often unreported, and has long-lasting impacts on affected individuals and families. However, New York State (NYS) is working toward a more comprehensive approach to counting victims and enacting legislation to support them.
February 4, 2016
Homelessness is a persistent problem in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nationwide that is back in the news in recent weeks with a new policy from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring local agencies to remove homeless people from the streets when temperatures fall to or below 32 degrees.
November 2, 2015
Dissatisfaction with the NYS Education Department’s testing regime led many parents to allow their children to “opt-out” of state exams last spring. With State Education Commissioner John King gone—replaced by former Florida educator Mary Ellen Elia—Governor Cuomo is calling for a reboot in time for his State of the State in January. Elia has been touring the state gathering feedback from parents and educators.
March 27, 2015
Child care can be an expense that is simply out of reach for low-income families. A family needing full-time care for an infant can pay as much as $13,100 per year. Compare that to the before-tax earnings of a minimum wage worker - $18,200. If this worker has a second child, work becomes a near impossibility.
November 10, 2014
Homelessness is persistently higher in the Mid-Hudson Valley than in the rest of New York State (excluding New York City). High housing costs are a big part of the problem, as are pockets of poverty and a regional economy that is still looking to regain its pre-recession footing.
September 12, 2014
The Mid-Hudson Valley (MHV) economy has always been a blend of Upstate and Downstate influences and the region’s employment performance reflects this characteristic. Since 2000, the region had added about 2.7% to its employment rolls, nearly identical to the state’s 2.5% cumulative growth.
March 19, 2014
New York State’s local governments were shielded from the fallout of the Great Recession but did not escape unscathed: Though federal stimulus funds postponed the pain, county government spending across the state and in the Mid-Hudson Valley has now been flat or declining for at least two years. Yet governments are under continuing pressure to find efficiencies.
December 17, 2014
Impacting social problems on a wide scale is challenging, but here’s one issue where we’ve made significant progress: Teen pregnancy. For the past two decades, teen pregnancy rates have been declining across the nation and among all our major racial and ethnic groups.
October 15, 2013
The issues facing people with low incomes have claimed an appropriate place in many of our recent national debates – about expanding access to health care, boosting our economy, and ensuring that our food stamp program is adequate. As a region, the Mid-Hudson Valley has higher income levels and lower poverty rates than the nation – but the region-wide figures mask significant and rising poverty rates in some areas.
June 13, 2013
Last month, students in 3rd through 8th grades across New York State completed state tests. The results will be more carefully scrutinized than ever before: With the tests now aligned with the new Common Core curriculum, many observers are expecting pass rates to drop. Teachers are particularly concerned as this is the first year that test scores will feed into their evaluations.
January 25, 2013
Making sure pregnant women get care for themselves and their growing babies early in their pregnancies is the kind of cause most everyone can get behind. Yet, data show that the numbers in the Mid-Hudson Valley and elsewhere have proven hard to move. We might expect this to improve considering that national health reform will expand access to health insurance, but studies suggest having health insurance isn't the only factor.
Executive Director Literacy Connections: Helping people to read, write, & reach their potential.
There is sad news and there is good news.
According to the Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profile Page, the data about our children's reading ability in 4th grade, in aggregate, is not good. The data tells us that in our region, (Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties) fewer children are reading at Level 3 or above in 4th grade, than they were 10 years ago, with a significant drop just in the past reporting year. This means that on average, more than 40% of our children are testing under grade level.