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Kids Count says success will come with support

11:19 PM, Nov. 23, 2013
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A fall 2013 Kids Counts in Delaware brief highlights the developmental assets as a way to help youth in the community.According to Kid's Count in Delaware, the developmental assets are based on three types of applied research. They are: positive youth development, which "highlights basic processes and dynamics in development" that are important for a healthy childhood; prevention, which focuses on "protective factors that deter high-risk behavior;" and resiliency, a term used to refer to a child's ability to "recover from adversity."

The community can help by giving children support, according to the Kid's Count brief. The report found that more about 85 percent of Delaware 8th graders said they expect to complete a college degree or other graduate or professional school, according to students surveyed in 2012 as part of the annual Delaware School Survey. Almost 70 percent also said they are always or usually engaged in school, according to Kid's Count.

"Due to the unprecedented challenges facing families during the recession, now more than ever, youth need the adults in their lives to help support them in preparing for a positive adulthood - including providing them with a safe place to live and grow, to exposing them to college opportunities. Despite these challenges, youth remain hopeful and determined to achieve their goals. Developing their assets further will only increase their existing potential."

This is the second year Kid's Count has published a policy brief dedicated to building assets in children.

Two years ago, AstraZeneca announced a $3.4 million effort alongside The United Way of Delaware to bring Young Health Program: IM40 to Delaware. It is based on 40 noncognitive qualities that a Wisconsin nonprofit believes help children succeed.

Originally published at The News Journal.

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