A staggering 14 million children, newborn to age 18, in the United States and Puerto Rico struggle with poverty and poverty-related issues.
Children in Poverty (CIP) is an initiative of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It encourages and equips American Baptists to respond to the needs of children in poverty through ministries of caring and prophetic justice.
The initiative highlights existing ministry resources and opportunities, and provides leadership for developing new resources and opportunities for service to children.
American Baptist churches, regions and individuals continue to develop and implement programs that meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. Another important part of the CIP initiative is the opportunity that we have to celebrate and share the good news about this work throughout the denominational family.
The Penny Project
The Children in Poverty 2013 grant process is open.
Proposals (grant applications) must be received by American Baptist Home Mission Societies by April 24, 2013.
The Penny Project of American Baptist Home Mission Societies seeks to engage American Baptist congregations and youth groups across the country in collecting pennies and other coins to represent the number of children in poverty the United States and Puerto Rico. The money collected is donated to organizations that aid these children.
No Child Left Behind
A Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education
Become a co-signer of this important statement "A Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education," drafted by a prominent group of sixty leaders including Julian Bond, pediatricians T. Berry Brazelton and James Comer, school superintendents Rudy Crew and Arnie Duncan, sociologists Pedro Noguera and William Julius Wilson, educators Linda Darling-Hammond and Deborah Meier, and including the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. The statement refutes both the strategy and the philosophy of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the federal education law, whose five-year reauthorization is pending in Congress. Signers believe it will take a far greater effort by not only improving schools, but also expanding access to quality early childhood experiences, expanding access to pediatric care for all children, and improving out-of-school activities for children. Co-sign at the projects website at: www.boldapproach.org
Faith-Based Study Guide for TESTED
Use the new Faith-Based study guide for adult education classes and congregational reading groups to support congregational study of the award-winning book, TESTED by Linda Perlstein. TESTED is now available in paperback. Perlstein spent an entire school year in the third grade classrooms of one elementary school to understand the impact of NCLB.
Forum on Educational Accountability
The Forum on Educational Accountability has been formed to improve federal education policy by expanding on and advancing the ideas in the "Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind." Supported by more than ninety national education, civil rights, religious, children's, disability, and civic organizations, including National Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, the statement calls for significant changes to improve federal education policy. The signatories to the statement seek to shift No Child Left Behind from applying sanctions to schools for failing to raise test scores to supporting states and localities and holding them accountable as they work to make the systemic changes that improve student learning. For more on the Forum and the Joint Statement visit the Forum on Educational Accountability.
Additional study resources on the No Child Left Behind Act:
An America for Christ
bulletin insert features a story about the importance of Children in Poverty grants.
ABHMS CIP grant featured in Ohio news story
A Children in Poverty (CIP) grant awarded by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is featured in a story recently published in the Heights Observer.....
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ABHMS’ CIP grant leads to federal funds for program to serve children
of incarcerated parents
The story of a Rochester, N.Y.-area ministry partnership may provide incentive for ministries that are considering applying for a Children in Poverty (CIP) grant from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS). Not only did the partnership receive a CIP grant to implement a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents, but the funding resulted in a larger, multi-year federal grant. .....
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