Administration for Children and Families releases 2015 Maltreatment Report

Each year, the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF’s) Children’s Bureau releases a report with the latest data available on an analysis of child abuse and neglect information collected from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. Known as the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), this data and analysis program was established by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1988. The first NCANDS report was based on data for 1990 and since then NCANDS has been reported annually, with the Children’s Bureau collecting and analyzing the data in its “Child Maltreatment” report submitted to Congress each year. The 2015 Child Maltreatment Report was released at the end of January 2017 and reflects data reported for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015. [More]

HHS encourages Governors to consider state innovation waivers

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a letter to all governors outlining the parameters under which states can obtain waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HHS notes that state innovation waivers to implement high-risk pools and state-operated reinsurance programs may be an important opportunity to lower health insurance premiums for consumers, to improve health insurance market stability in the state, and to increase consumer choice. [More]

Parent & Child

By supporting programs that work with two generations at a time, United Way for Greater Austin aims to multiply impacts. Leah Newkirk Meunier, chief programs officer at United Way for Greater Austin, did her doctoral work in early childhood development, and she says she has spent her career “preaching the value of investing early” in kids because those investments tend to have the highest payoff. [More]

Foster Care Crisis - What’s an Agency to Do? Part 2

Increasing demands for licensed foster homes have led many jurisdictions across the country to review their foster care services for children coming into their care. Though critical, these reviews are only one piece of a very complex puzzle. Child welfare agencies must also review the foster care system in the context of the current increasing demand, challenging family circumstances, and trauma children coming into the system. [More]

PCG’s long-time partner recognized on the Senate floor

PCG is a proud long-time partner of Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), a managed care organization in Massachusetts specializing in the management of dually eligible populations. CCA’s client-centered focus has won accolades in state and nationally. PCG has provided claims processing and other related services to CCA for more than 10 years. [More]

Amended ACA repeal legislation headed for critical vote in the U.S. House of Representatives

On March 20, 2017, the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives released amendments to the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new amendments to AHCA would allow states to impose work-related activity requirements on specified categories of adult Medicaid recipients as a condition of eligibility. The work-related activity requirements would not apply to the aged, disabled, pregnant women, and certain other Medicaid eligibility groups; and would incorporate broad definitions of work-related activities and exemptions aligned with longstanding TANF requirements. An enhanced Medicaid administrative matching rate (a five percentage point increase on top of the usual 50 percent rate) would be available for Medicaid administrative expenditures necessary to implement the work-related activity requirements. [More]

What is executive function?

When students develop these skills early in life, they set themselves up for future academic and career success. Deb Joffe, an associate manager at PCG, has produced a video for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agency, on executive function and explains what it is and why it is so important for future workforce development. [More]

The Pro-Business Case for Preschool

Young children and their families aren’t the only beneficiaries of early childhood education programs.

Most people would argue that the public and private sectors should invest in early childhood education because it’s the right thing to do.

Not Donnie Charleston. [More]

BLEGroup is a finalist for the EdTech Digest 2017 Trendsetter Award

EdTech Digest has named the finalists for its prestigious 2017 Trendsetter Award, and BLEGroup, a Public Consulting Group, Inc. company, is proud to among the distinguished group of EdTech innovators. The EdTech Awards recognize people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring EdTech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters. [More]