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Dual Generation: School in Northwest D.C. teaches both students and parents

A charter school in Northwest is working to meet the needs of the community by educating not only children, but their parents. morenext

From ABC7, November 04, 2015

Exposure to toxic stress in childhood linked to risky behavior and adult disease

How a mother responds to her baby’s cries can make a big difference in the child’s ability to learn, develop, and thrive. morenext

From Yale News, November 19, 2015

White House to announce $118 million public, private effort to improve the lives of women and girls


From Washington Post, November 13, 2015

Why Poverty and Segregation Merge at Public Schools

The latest fig­ures show that 51 per­cent of pub­lic school stu­dents at­tend schools where a ma­jor­ity of their class­mates qual­i­fy as poor or low-in­come un­der fed­er­al guidelines. morenext

From National Journal, November 13, 2015

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