Shaping Public Policy

By Williams, Sue E. | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 1, 2000 | Go to article overview

Shaping Public Policy


Williams, Sue E., Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is committed to ensuring that the profession addresses major public policy issues. This effort is directed through the Office of Public Policy that collects, analyzes, interprets, and distributes information about issues and concerns that affect children and families as well as the FCS profession. The Office monitors legislative developments and keeps the Association's governing bodies and membership apprised through various publications, alerts, and the Web site. In addition, the Office solicits input from FCS experts and provides this information to appropriate members of the Congressional delegation and their staff members to assist policymakers in making decisions consistent with the well-being of children and families. Work of the Office of Public Policy is guided by priorities for legislative and regulatory initiatives set by the AAFCS Board of Directors. The priority issues, which guide current public policy efforts, are child care, nutrition, and education.

Professional development of AAFCS members is another way to engage FCS professionals in policy analysis, formation, and implementation. The Gladys Branegan Chalkley Public Policy Visiting Scholar Award offered by AAFCS is designed to stimulate interest in public policy as it affects the Family and Consumer Sciences profession. Further, this award is designed to educate recipients in various aspects of policy-- making and provide avenues for interaction with members of the U.S. Congress and leaders of various Family and Consumer Sciences related organizations. This annual award is available to AAFCS members who have a strong interest in public policy and are willing to live in the metropolitan Washington, DC area for a 10-week period. It provides an outstanding opportunity to learn first-hand about the formation of public policies that affect the well-being of children and families and to provide input from a FCS perspective.

I am fortunate to be the sixth recipient of the Chalkley Public Policy Award. My project focused on identifying a key family-related issue that would be considered during the second session of the 106th Congress and create a matrix to map partners and actions critical to providing worthwhile input to legislation under consideration.

PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION

The first challenge was to identify an issue that had potential for consideration during the current legislative session. To assist in this effort, I attended meetings of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, School Age Youth Network, and One Dupont Welfare Reform Coalition as well as visited with numerous agency representatives, congressional staffers, and AAFCS members. Review of the "Congressional Quarterly Daily Monitor" as well as Web searches contributed to identifying an appropriate public policy issue. President Clinton's seventh State of the Union address was also an excellent source and reflected a strong message for the well-being of children and families. In this message he articulated an ambitious agenda for congressional consideration, much of which has significant implications for the Family and Consumer Sciences Profession.

From this situation, analysis the issue of quality and access to public education rose to the top as a priority for AAFCS, related agencies and groups as well as among policymakers. The timing for this issue is also right given that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESFA) is scheduled for reauthorization this year. A specific portion of this Act has particular relevance to the mission of AFFCS as well as interest of related agencies and groups.

Authorized under Title X, Part I, of the ESEA, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st Century) Program provides grants to public schools to open their facilities during out-of-school hours to a broad array of community activities. To date, the focus has been on expanding academic learning opportunities for children in after-school programs. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Shaping Public Policy
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.