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Seeking Safety: Can preschool help fight crime?

Most children who participate in early education programs are more prepared for kindergarten - academically, socially and emotionally - than those who don't. Studies have indicated that early education translates into higher graduation rates, better paying jobs and a lower tendency to get in trouble with the law. morenext

From The Fay Observer, July 27, 2014

Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent

This week, a mother in North Augusta, S. C., was fired from her job at McDonald’s following an arrest earlier in the month when authorities learned that she dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at a nearby park while she worked her shift. The news has prompted public debate about the the difficulty of finding and affording child care. morenext

From The New York Times, July 24, 2014

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators. morenext

From The Washington Post Answer Sheet, July 22, 2014

The Social Capital Gap

Researchers track race, marital status, and education as proxies for income, and they find that wealthy people, or rather people they assume to be wealthy (for perfectly good reasons), fare better along a number of dimensions than poor people, e.g., the poor are more likely to suffer from diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, and they tend to have shorter lifespans. morenext

From The National Review Online, July 21, 2014

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