Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national, non-profit child advocacy organization, conducted an educational campaign to increase policymakers' awareness of the value of publicly funded programs to strengthen youth and fragile families.
In a report to RWJF, the project director reported the following results:
- Project staff developed five research reports and more than 10 research briefs. All can be downloaded at no charge at www.fightcrime.org.
- New York's After-School Choice (November 2002).
- When the school bell rings…juvenile crime or constructive time? (September 2002).
- Cutting Pre-Kindergarten Will Increase Crime in New York (April 2003).
- New Hope for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (May 2003).
- Pennsylvania's Pre-Kindergarten Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy (June 2003).
- Research summaries targeted at federal policy-makers covered such topics as:
- Head Start.
- Cost savings of key investments in children.
- Positive interventions for troubled preschoolers.
- Bullying prevention.
- Impact of proposed 40 percent cut to federal after-school programs.
- Impact of proposed 40 percent cut to after school programs on Maine's youth.
- Impact of federal investments on Maine's children and youth.
- Impact of federal investments on Ohio's children and youth.
In April 2002, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a $250,000 one-year grant to the Action Against Crime and Violence Education Fund, the parent organization of Fight Crime.