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Too Many Caught in Tragic Poverty Gap

I make the call that Valeria believes will change her family’s future: “Congratulations, I would like to offer you the job!” morenext

From Clarion-Ledger, September 18, 2016

Research on Tulsa’s Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country. morenext

From NPR, August 22, 2016

Urban Institutes Releases New Pay for Success Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to guide jurisdictions and their partners through the core elements of a PFS project in early childhood education: the existing evidence for early childhood interventions, the role of data, the measurement and pricing of outcomes, program funding and financing, implementation, evaluation design, and an overview of the limits of standardization with this model. morenext

From Institute for Child Success, July 19, 2016

Melvin Carter on Philando, protests and police: We must see our shared humanity

Thursday, I attended Philando Castile’s funeral. It was a beautiful and heartbreaking service for a man I feel connected to in many ways. We both went to Central High School, and my girls attended kindergarten at the school where he worked. He was a labor brother, a Saint Paul son who deserved better. Assuming media reports of the police scanner audio are accurate, he wasn’t pulled over for breaking the law. He was pulled over because he had a “wide-set nose.” morenext

From Twin Cities Pioneer Press, July 17, 2016

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It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift in Head Start

It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift in Head Start

September 06, 2016Read Full Post

Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

June 30, 2016Read Full Post