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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Education"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Alternative high schools for at-risk students

Scientifically Supported

Provide educational and social services in an alternative setting for students at-risk of dropping out of traditional high schools


Attendance interventions for chronically absent students

Scientifically Supported

Support interventions that provide chronically absent students with resources to improve self-esteem, social skills, etc. and address familial and school-related factors that can contribute to poor attendance


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Some Evidence

Match disadvantaged or at-risk youth with volunteer mentors in school or community settings

Community Safety  ·  Education

Bridge programs for hard-to-employ adults

Expert Opinion

Provide basic skills (e.g., reading, math, writing, English language, or soft skills) and industry-specific training with other supports; often incorporated in career pathway programs

Education  ·  Employment

Career & technical education for high school graduation

Scientifically Supported

Provide career and technical education (CTE) as an integrated part of an academic curriculum for students at risk of dropping out of high school; also called vocational training


Career Academies

Scientifically Supported

Establish small learning communities in high schools focused on fields such as health care, finance, technology, communications, or public service


Charter schools

Mixed Evidence

Establish publicly financed schools that are not subject to many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools, such as staffing, curriculum, and budgeting requirements


Chicago Child-Parent Centers

Scientifically Supported

Provide preschool education and comprehensive support to low income families, including small classes, student meals, and home visits with referrals for social service support as needed


Children's savings accounts

Expert Opinion

Establish dedicated children’s savings account (CSAs) to build assets over time with contributions from family, friends, and sometimes, supporting organizations; also called children’s development accounts (CDAs)

Income  ·  Education

College access programs

Scientifically Supported

Help underrepresented students prepare academically for college, complete applications, and enroll, especially first generation applicants and students from low income families