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Starting Small

The bottom floor of Calvin Hill Child Care Center, a few blocks past Science Hill, is silent. The lights are off, and the low-ceilinged room is completely dark. There are no children in sight. It’s naptime. Upstairs, though, the four-year-olds are clustered in two circles as their teachers read them books. A chart hangs on the wall with two columns—one counts children who prefer clementines, the other tallies children who prefer oranges. I wondered which lone child preferred the orange. morenext

From Yale Herald, February 06, 2015

Gap Persists in Homeownership

“We are continuing to exclude an increasing percentage of Americans from our mainstream financial systems,” said Andrea Levere, the organization’s president. “This issue resonates quite profoundly in the conversations we’re all having about income and inequality.” morenext

From The New York Times , February 06, 2015

Acelero Learning: Kids Get a Head Start, but Investors Must Wait

The 100-degree heat in the Nevada desert limits outside play to 15 minutes for the energetic three-, four-, and five-year-olds. No matter. It’s cool inside the Acelero Learning Henderson Child Care Center near Las Vegas and the preschoolers are eager to read. morenext

From Impact Alpha, February 05, 2015

$3.4 Million in Federal Funds Granted to AVANCE

AVANCE has been awarded $2.3 million in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants, which will fund collaboration between AVANCE and local child care programs to expand high quality early learning opportunities for San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers. morenext

From AVANCE, Inc. , February 05, 2015

Sunnyside up: CAP Tulsa’s approach to breaking poverty includes parents, kids

Sanchez had no college education but did have the desire to provide a better future for their child. She enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance program and was one of the first participants to complete the training and become a registered nurse. morenext

From Tulsa World, January 30, 2015

2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

CFED releases 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, the leading source for data on household financial security and policy solutions. morenext

From CFED, January 29, 2015

Guest opinion: Parent mentoring effort spreads to Eagle County

January is National Mentoring month and I’d like to alert readers to an innovative mentoring program here in the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s called the Parent Mentor program and it focuses on mentoring elementary-school-aged kids. morenext

From Post Independent, January 28, 2015

The Two-Generation Approach to Fighting Child Poverty

These programs know that giving parents educational and economic assistance helps children as well. morenext

From The National Journal, January 27, 2015

Head Start: Embracing a Two Generation Approach to Early Learning

When Head Start was launched in 1965, at its core was the idea that families and communities were integral to supporting children's successful early learning and development. Fifty years later, Head Start continues to lead in two generational approaches, always emphasizing that parents -- as their children's first teachers -- are a program's most important partners. morenext

From The Huffington Post- Blog, January 26, 2015

SB15-012: Treatment of Child Support for Purposes of the Colorado Works Program

The Bell Policy Center supports SB15-012 to direct the state Department of Human Services to pass through to families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) all of the current child-support payments paid to these families and not count this support in determining their basic cash-assistance grant. morenext

From The Bell Policy Center, January 23, 2015

Going Back to College, and Teaching Her Daughters the Value of Education

A white Christmas tree and a pair of children’s pink-and-white bicycles lined the entryway of Latisha Hopewell’s apartment in Lower Manhattan, where her two daughters, Shaun, 11, and Shani, 6, were losing their battle against post-holiday malaise minute by minute. morenext

From The New York Times , January 13, 2015

Women’s Foundation Awards over $600,000 in Grants to DC-Area Nonprofits

Washington Area Women’s Foundation today announced grants totaling $630,000 to 20 nonprofits whose programs are improving the economic security of low-income women and girls in the Washington metropolitan region. The grants will impact the lives of more than 3,500 women and girls, and will enable women to increase their collective incomes and assets by nearly $3 million in 2015. morenext

From The Washington Area Women's Fund, December 18, 2014

CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance celebrates first RN graduates

Misty White’s journey toward family self-sufficiency hit a major milestone Tuesday evening. morenext

From Tulsa World, December 17, 2014

Session is around the corner, and we’re primed for action, Bell Policy Center

Economic security for children and families – a two-generation approach: Too many families in Colorado continue to struggle, especially low- and moderate- income families. morenext

From Bell Policy Center, December 17, 2014

Public-private partnerships are key to preschool success, advocates say

Strengthening early childhood education is such an overwhelming task that no one agency can do it alone, advocates say. morenext

From The Dallas Morning News, December 15, 2014

The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education, The Complexity of Effecting Two-Generational Change

On December 12, 2014, The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education brought together leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to engage with the latest thinking, research, and practice in building and sustaining high-quality pre-K systems, schools, and classrooms. The event was co-chaired by Professor Nonie Lesaux and Associate Professor Stephanie Jones. morenext

From The Harvard School of Education, December 12, 2014

Communicating the Connection between Parent’s and Children’s Health in States Expanding Medicaid

It should be common sense to say that policies and programs which improve the health and well-being of parents will also help their children, right? By Liane Wong, The Packard Foundation. December, 2014 morenext

From Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, A Children's Health Policy Blog, December 12, 2014

The Fight for $15.37 an Hour

Ascend Network Member, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) served an instrumental role in a coalition that successfully pushed for a hotel workers' minimum wage morenext

From The New York Times- Business, November 22, 2014

The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Visible Men Academy and Tropicana Form Unique Collaboration

The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Visible Men Academy (VMA) and Tropicana are pleased to announce a unique new collaboration to strengthen the local community. These three organizations are working together to bring economic opportunity and support to the parents of Visible Men Academy. morenext

From Tampa Bay News Wire, November 20, 2014

Two-Generation Approaches: A Promising Strategy for Fighting Poverty


From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, November 18, 2014

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