Allison Becker
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MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
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MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
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MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
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MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
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B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
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M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
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Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
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MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
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MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
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MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
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Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
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MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
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MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
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Devoted to improving the well-being of our state's children, youth and their families, KIDS COUNT in Delaware has been using highly credible research, data collection and education to inform change on behalf of children for the last 25 years.

KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States. KIDS COUNT in Delaware, a project of the Center for Community Research & Service, is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations to enrich local and state discussion concerning ways to secure better lives for all children by providing policy makers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being.

KIDS COUNT in Delaware Team:

Janice Barlow, MPA, Policy Scientist and KIDS COUNT Director

Erin Lynch, MS, Assistant Policy Scientist

Natalie Paramo, Public Policy Intern

Miranda Perez-Rivera, Public Policy Intern

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Timeline Tuesdays: Data Snapshot Webinar Series

Timeline Tuedays Data Snapshot on Student Assessment

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest resulting from racial injustice have intensified the need to re-imagine how communities and public systems support children and families. Because these barriers persist even with the broad progress of the past twenty-five years, it is more urgent than ever for leaders to focus on systemic solutions that work for everyone.

In a year-long webinar series "Timeline Tuesdays," KIDS COUNT in Delaware brings together leaders from across the state to engage in conversations - both grounded in data and informed by those working in the field - to advance collaboration towards positive outcomes for children and families. The goal of this series is to translate research and policy from the past 25 years into effective action steps in partnership with stakeholders.

Future webinar dates & topics planned:

  • June 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM Data Snapshot: Student Assessment Register Now
  • July 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM Data Snapshot: Children in One-Parent Families
  • August 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM Data Snapshot: Births to Teens
  • September 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM Data Snapshot Wrap-up, Revisit and Review

Registration for future webinars within the series will be forthcoming.

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KIDS COUNT in Delaware 2021 Fact Book Focuses on Pandemic Impacts on Children

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Compiling data for public use, the 2021 KIDS COUNT in Delaware Fact Book's central theme is Delaware kids and COVID-19. Traditional indicators included in the book assess trends in the health and well-being of children before the coronavirus pandemic began. These data are supplemented with measures from the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey to show some of the immediate impacts of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Illuminates Flaws in Child-Serving Systems:

Starting in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been making an impact on our lives. Since its arrival in Delaware, we have each learned a lot about prevention, made personal sacrifices, and adopted new behaviors in order to limit exposure and reduce community spread. Many of our societal structures are operating in a modified way: virtual and hybrid schooling, telemedicine, limited number of patrons in businesses, and non-essential personnel working from home are some of the changes to which we are now accustomed.

The pandemic has illuminated flaws in the patchwork of infrastructure supports for Delaware’s kids and their families. COVID-19 did not create these systemic issues. But the pandemic has further stressed our child-serving system and highlighted the disparate outcomes dependent on social determinants of health. COVID-19 has also caused us to collectively grapple with many hard questions: How is this history making pandemic affecting our children’s well-being? What will the lasting impacts be – physical, mental, social, and economic – of this virus?

In Delaware, families are struggling to meet the needs of children during the COVID-19 pandemic while simultaneously managing finances, school, work, and health. Addressing historic systemic challenges in our health care, education, and social safety net programs will need to be a priority so that the impacts of COVID-19 and the related economic crisis are minimized for Delaware's youth.

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Keynote Address by: Dr. Melissa T. Merrick

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. She has more than 20 years of clinical, research, and leadership experience related to the etiology, course, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Previously, Dr. Merrick was a senior epidemiologist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta. She is recognized as one of the country’s foremost experts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, she served for 8 years as the lead scientist for the ACEs study at CDC and is the lead author of CDC’s Vital Signs: ACEs, the most nationally representative report on the topic.

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Data for Discussion and Decision Making

The online KIDS COUNT Data Center offers data on education, employment and income, poverty, health and youth at-risk factors. We invite you to discover ways to customize the data and join us in using this data to make informed decisions by investing in Delaware's biggest asset, our kids.

Subscribe to the KIDS COUNT in Delaware monthly e-newsletter for monthly updates on news, research, and policy information.

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