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Giving Every Child a Monthly Check for an Even Start

How can it be that the United States spends so much money fighting poverty and still suffers one of the highest child poverty rates among advanced nations? One in five American children is poor by the count of LIS, a data archive tracking well-being and deprivation around the world. morenext

From The New York Times, October 18, 2016

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Imagine an hourly employee being offered a raise and saying, “No thanks, not now.” Some poor working parents face that tough decision too often. The problem is that even a modest raise can push a family’s income over the top limit to qualify for publicly funded child care assistance. morenext

From National Conference of State Legislatures, October 14, 2016

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: Vote Nov. 8 with children in mind

As a pediatrician with strong interest in child health advocacy and policy, I’ve watched the debates between our presidential (and vice presidential) candidates with interest. Talking points, controversies and jabs aside, what is particularly notable to me is not what is there, but what is absent: children. morenext

From The Cap Times, October 13, 2016

Colleges Aren’t Very Kid Friendly

Amber Angel decided to enroll in college soon after her daughter Lennon, now 7, was born. “I wanted to make something of myself, so that I could provide for her better.” Angel was 21 at the time, working part-time at the Gap. morenext

From The Atlantic, October 13, 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