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Family Influence on Education

Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study. morenext

From Inside Higher Ed, February 25, 2015

Congress should prioritize tax credits for working families, not business

If you had any doubt about the real priorities of the current Congress, you need look no further than the ongoing debate over the tax code. Our representatives seem more concerned with pleasing big business than helping to support working families. morenext

From The HIll, February 25, 2015

Born equal? Prenatal care and social mobility

Richard Reeves and Edward Rodrigue look at research indicating that factors that may affect a child's life chances—such as an expectant mother's stress levels and her physical environment—can begin morenext

From Brookings Institution , February 25, 2015

Report: State’s ‘cliff effect’ stops low-income families from getting ahead

Despite their efforts to improve the lives of their families, many low-income Nebraska women are being held back by state policies and practices. morenext

From Journal Star, February 24, 2015

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Calling for a two generation approach to child development

Calling for a two generation approach to child development

February 17, 2015Read Full Post

Prescription for Success: 2Gen Lessons

Prescription for Success: 2Gen Lessons

January 28, 2015Read Full Post