Public and private grant funds provide the major portion of most prevention programs' budgets. This section lists some basic information, tools, and resources to help programs identify and access these funding sources. Resources include State and local examples.
Core Intervention Components: Identifying and Operationalizing What Makes Programs Work
Blase & Fixsen (2013)
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Explores key implementation considerations important to consider when replicating evidence-based programs for children and youth focusing on the importance of identifying, operationalizing, and implementing the core components of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that likely are critical to producing positive outcomes.
Finding Funding: Supporting Making Connections Core Result That Children Are Healthy and Prepared to Succeed in School (PDF - 1,240 KB)
Lind, Crocker, Stewart, Torrico, Bhat, & Schmid (2009)
Reviews strategies for accessing Federal, State, local, and private funding sources to support early learning, health services, literacy and tutoring programs, out-of-school time programs, parent outreach and engagement, and supports for schools and child care providers.
Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis: How Human Services Nonprofits Can Stay Afloat and Advance Their Missions During a Time of Government Cutbacks
Stid & Seldon (2012)
Outlines five ways human services nonprofits can navigate the fiscal crisis that include: (1) get to strategic clarity, (2) diversity government funding streams, (3) improve productivity, (4) measure outcomes, and (5) move beyond vendors.
Preventing Child Abuse in an Age of Budget Deficits [Webinar]
The Future of Children (2010)
Discusses ways that prevention programs can both protect children and save money across a range of social programs.
Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Promoting Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2012)
Highlights research-based effective strategies for promoting children's social, emotional, and behavioral health and is intended to be a companion piece to the children's social, emotional, behavioral health section on PolicyForResults.org. It provides guidance on maximizing Federal resources and highlights State examples of effective policies and financing approaches.
State Early Care and Education Budget Actions FY 2011
National Conference of State Legislatures
Tracks and analyzes trends in State decisions to capture State funding choices in early care and education policy and programs, including child care, prekindergarten, home visiting, and related early childhood programs. The report is based on data compiled from an annual survey of State fiscal decisions.
Time for Reform: Investing in Prevention: Keeping Children Safe at Home (PDF - 475 KB)
Kids Are Waiting (2007)
Highlights prevention and reunification programs that have shown promising results and describes Federal legislative efforts to support these practices. The report recommends changes to the child welfare financing structure that could improve States' ability to provide services most likely to help children and families stay together.
Tossed on a Sea of Change: A Status Update on the Responsible Fatherhood Field (PDF - 2,243 KB)
Klempin & Mincy (2012)
Columbia University School of Social Work & Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being Provides an overview of the impact of the financial climate on the existence and range of services provided by responsible fatherhood programs. The current survey explores the extent to which programs have responded to increasing funder requests for evidence of program effectiveness.
Building a Sustainable Future: Analysis of the Fiscal Resources Supporting Children From Birth Through Age 8 in Michigan
Silloway, Bhat, & Connors-Tadros (2010)
Finance Project W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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Examines Federal, State, and private expenditures supporting children and their families in fiscal year 2010, particularly children who are transitioning from the early childhood system to school, and identifies how recent economic challenges have affected the early childhood system in Michigan.
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: How to Do It Better (PDF - 212 KB)
Center for Public Policy Priorities (2010)
Discusses ways the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services can maximize its funding for prevention programs by targeting communities in need of services and building capacity.
Child Well-Being in Minnesota: A Primer for the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session (PDF - 1,454 KB)
University of Minnesota & Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2013)
Offers a briefing on Minnesota's child welfare system, including child protection, foster care, and adoption service systems. It highlights populations served, funding structures, and decision-making criteria for evidence-based policy solutions.
Funding Prevention in California: Lessons From Past Efforts to Raise Revenues (PDF - 672 KB)
Prevention Institute & Berkeley Media Studies Group (2009)
Collects lessons learned from public health initiatives that attempted to tax or impose fees on consumer goods or businesses in order to fund prevention services in California.
Implementing Best Start LA: Continued Commitment in the Midst of Persistent Challenges (PDF - 946 KB)
Benatar, Hill, & Adams (2012)
Reviews Best Start LA, a place-based investment designed to improve the well-being, development, and care experienced by children ages 5 and under and that has gained momentum in its third year and become more firmly established in the downtown Los Angeles pilot community.
Investing in Early Childhood: A Roadmap to Economic Success for Louisiana (PDF - 1,922 KB)
Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families (2009)
Recommends strategies for ensuring the optimal development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and young children by making public investments in health, education, social-emotional development, parenting education, and family support.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting in New York: Funding Options and Opportunities (PDF - 515 KB)
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (2012)
Explores how New York and other States finance maternal, infant and early childhood home-visiting programs and infrastructure and addresses the ways funding is combined or used to leverage additional money, and what new possibilities might emerge from States and the Federal Government.
One Step Back: The Delayed Dream of Community Partnerships (PDF - 10,065 KB)
Center for New York City Affairs at The New School (2012)
Child Welfare Watch, 21
Discusses the implementation of the New York City's Administration for Children's services Community Partnership Initiative in 2007 and the goals and accomplishments of the partnerships.
Prevention Efforts Will Protect Children and Slow Down the Growing Need for Foster Care (PDF - 563 KB)
Children's Action Alliance Arizona (2013)
Explains that prevention efforts are effective in reducing the number of children that enter the Arizona foster care system. The reduction of prevention efforts due to State budget cuts is noted and provides recommendations for 2013 legislative action.