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Reimagining 2Gen Pathways: Bold Ideas for 2015

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2gen experts discussion - Anthology

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Ascend Fellows 2015

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Top Ten for 2Gen

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Colorado and Washington Metro Region: Momentum on our Doorsteps

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Strengthening Ties: The Case for Building a Social Policy Centered on Families

New America’s Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative released its first report, calling for new frameworks to help American families navigate today’s challenges. morenext

From The New America, Family-Centered Social Policy, April 22, 2015

How Obama wants to help America’s poorest kids, and why even more is needed

That rural poverty rate has been rising for more than a decade, and in 2012 it stood at 17.7 percent, back where it was in 1972. The White House's plan to alleviate rising child poverty in rural areas depends on more powerful people taking notice. morenext

From The Washington Post, April 17, 2015

Where Are the Teachers of Color?

"It would have been nice to have a teacher in the classroom who could help you bridge over and help you become a better version of yourself," morenext

From The New York Times- Sunday Review, April 11, 2015

Parents, education, and the relentlessness of low incomes

The National Center for Children in Poverty and other advocates recommend a two-generation approach to reducing poverty that combines education and training for parents with high-quality care and education for kids. morenext

From The Boston Globe, April 06, 2015

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Outcomes for Two Generations, Together

Outcomes for Two Generations, Together

April 02, 2015Read Full Post

Finding Fatherhood: New Hope for Families in Colorado

Finding Fatherhood: New Hope for Families in Colorado

March 30, 2015Read Full Post