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Urban Institutes Releases New Pay for Success Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to guide jurisdictions and their partners through the core elements of a PFS project in early childhood education: the existing evidence for early childhood interventions, the role of data, the measurement and pricing of outcomes, program funding and financing, implementation, evaluation design, and an overview of the limits of standardization with this model. morenext

From Institute for Child Success, July 19, 2016

Melvin Carter on Philando, protests and police: We must see our shared humanity

Thursday, I attended Philando Castile’s funeral. It was a beautiful and heartbreaking service for a man I feel connected to in many ways. We both went to Central High School, and my girls attended kindergarten at the school where he worked. He was a labor brother, a Saint Paul son who deserved better. Assuming media reports of the police scanner audio are accurate, he wasn’t pulled over for breaking the law. He was pulled over because he had a “wide-set nose.” morenext

From Twin Cities Pioneer Press, July 17, 2016

College Kids, With Kids

There are 4.8 million undergraduates raising children — one-fourth of all postsecondary students. But more than half of these student-parents leave college without finishing after six years. Their lack of a degree essentially locks them out of jobs with benefits like on-site child care, paid leave and telecommuting that make it possible to be effective workers and parents. morenext

From New York Times | Opinions Page, July 05, 2016

Do Pediatricians Have A Role In Addressing Maternal Depression? New Medicaid Guidance Shows The Way

When mothers of young children struggle with feelings of depression, it’s often difficult for them to seek the mental health care they need for themselves. Fear and stigma are significant roadblocks. However, there’s an important, if not-so-obvious person to whom a mother with a young child can turn for help: her child’s pediatrician. morenext

From Health Affairs Blog, June 29, 2016

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Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

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Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

May 23, 2016Read Full Post