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A Step Forward on Child Care

Ensuring access to safe, good and affordable child care is crucial for helping to lift low-income parents out of poverty and build futures for their children. The child care bill signed on Wednesday by President Obama is a bipartisan step in the right direction, and it holds promise for further progress. morenext

From The N, November 23, 2014

Do Politicians Love Kids?

If politicians are genuinely looking for a bipartisan issue to break through the Washington gridlock, here’s a suggestion: invest in early education. morenext

From The New York Times- Opinions, November 19, 2014

Two-Generation Approaches: A Promising Strategy for Fighting Poverty

Every child deserves the same opportunity for success. As an anti-poverty agency, CAP Tulsa has developed programs and best practices that align with this mission. Based on research demonstrating the value of high-quality early education, we have worked hard to bring first-rate comprehensive early childhood development programming to the low-income children we serve. morenext

From Spotlight on Poverty, November 18, 2014

‘Two-generation’ programs benefit early learners

Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. morenext

From The Register Guard, November 17, 2014

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Taking a two-generation approach to helping families impacted by the justice system

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