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May 1998

Written by Wendy Lazarus & Laurie Lipper,
The Children's Partnership

Second Edition edited by Lynzi Ziegenhagen
with Sarah Whitehead

With Special Thanks to

Ginny Markell and Linda Hodge, National PTA
B. Keith Fulton, National Urban League


James Goldin
Norman Praught
Mark Baechtel
Arun Baheti
Elise Crane


Daniel Ben-Horin, CompuMentor
Milton Chen, The George Lucas Education Foundation
Aimee Dorr, UCLA Graduate School of Education
Joan Dykstra, National PTA
Karen Jaffe, KIDSNET
Tamara Ritchey Powers, Community Volunteer
Hugh B. Price, National Urban League
Linda Roberts, U.S. Department of Education
Susan Roman, American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children
Armando Valdez, LatinoNet
Tracy Westen, Center for Governmental Studies
Raul Yzaguirre, National Council of La Raza

©1996 The Children's Partnership

Permission to copy, disseminate, or otherwise use this work is normally granted to noncommercial entities as long as ownership is properly attributed to The Children's Partnership.

Any mention of a commercial product in this Guide is for example only and should not be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

The Children's Partnership is a project of The Tides Center.

Background About the Organizations

The Children's Partnership

The Children's Partnership is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Its mission is to inform leaders and the public about the needs of America's 70 million children, and to engage these leaders in ways that benefit children. The Partnership undertakes research and policy analysis, publishes reports and materials, develops multimedia campaigns, and forges new alliances among parents, policymakers, and the private sector to achieve tangible gains for children.

The Partnership focuses particular attention on identifying trends and emerging issues that will affect large numbers of children and on providing early analysis and strategies for action. In this way, it functions as a research and development (R&D) arm for the children's movement.

The work of The Children's Partnership is supported by private foundations, corporations, the entertainment community, interested individuals, and others with whom it partners on projects. These include The ARCO Foundation, The AT&T Foundation, The California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Joseph Drown Foundation, The Favrot Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, KPMG Peat Marwick, The Mattel Foundation, Pacific Bell, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The Streisand Foundation. The Children's Partnership has offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Current Program

America's Children and The Information Superhighway: A multi-year project exploring how the Information Superhighway and related technologies can best serve children.

Publishing Ventures

The Children's Partnership researches and publishes (in print and online) the Next Generation Reports, a national information service to provide timely bulletins about children's issues. The Partnership also maintains a multi-issue Web site at:

The National PTA

The National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Founded in 1897, today its nearly 7 million members are parents, teachers, students, and other citizens eager to work on behalf of children nationwide. The organization prides itself on being noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan. Its members serve as child advocates in schools, in the community, and before government agencies. The National PTA builds partnerships with other health, education, and welfare organizations, both public and private, to develop national coalitions on children's issues. The organization also produces programs, publications, and training to help state and local PTAs encourage parents and families to become involved in their children's lives.

The National Urban League

Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is the premier social service and civil rights organization in America. The League is a nonpartisan, community organization headquartered in New York City, with 115 affiliates in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of the National Urban League is to assist African-Americans and the urban poor in achieving social and economic equality. The League implements its mission through advocacy, bridge-building between the races, program services, and research.

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