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Research shows stress can be toxic for kids who live in poverty

When you hear stories about poverty, they’re usually not focused on how a person's brain deals with stress. But there's growing scientific evidence that experiences like homelessness or living in a dangerous neighborhood actually changes the brains of young children. Without intervention, these experiences can have profound consequences later in life. morenext

From Colorado Public Radio, May 21, 2015

Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems. morenext

From The Washington Post, May 19, 2015

Smart Social Programs

We cannot solve poverty or lack of mobility overnight, but contrary to what the skeptics say, investing in families works — not just for them, but for all of us. morenext

From The New York Times: Op-Ed, May 11, 2015

American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

One promising approach taking hold across the country is called the 2Gen framework that structures programs to include children and their parents at the same time, tying economic and educational success to a widening of social networks and skills. morenext

From The Huffington Post | Blog, May 06, 2015

Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers

Nearly three-quarters of American mothers with children at home are employed. That fact doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for mothers to drop a toddler at day care or miss school plays. The mommy wars might seem like a relic of the 1990s, but 41 percent of adults say the increase in working mothers is bad for society, while just 22 percent say it is good, according to the Pew Research Center. morenext

From New York Times: Upshot, May 05, 2015

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty

Based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children, study finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere. morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, May 04, 2015

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners

One of the most significant ways that communities can respond to potential changes in the immigration system, as well as ongoing shifts in the nation’s demographics, is by ensuring greater access to English language instruction, as a lack of English proficiency is a significant barrier to full participation in society. morenext

From The Center for American Progress, May 01, 2015

Report by Teachers College Researchers Highlights Segregation and Disparities in Pre-K Classrooms

A new report by researchers at TC’s National Center for Children and Families describes troubling racial, ethnic and economic disparities in American preschools and calls on policymakers to focus on the value of diversity in early education classrooms as a means to increase equity and quality for America’s youngest learners. morenext

From Teachers College, Columbia University, April 28, 2015

Can a Harlem ‘cradle to career’ program succeed in rural Mississippi?

The idea of Promise Neighborhoods was born with the Harlem Children’s Zone, a widely heralded, public-private partnership that provides education and community services to low-income parents and children in central Harlem. morenext

From PBS News, April 28, 2015

Strengthening Ties: The Case for Building a Social Policy Centered on Families

New America’s Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative released its first report, calling for new frameworks to help American families navigate today’s challenges. morenext

From The New America, Family-Centered Social Policy, April 22, 2015

How Obama wants to help America’s poorest kids, and why even more is needed

That rural poverty rate has been rising for more than a decade, and in 2012 it stood at 17.7 percent, back where it was in 1972. The White House's plan to alleviate rising child poverty in rural areas depends on more powerful people taking notice. morenext

From The Washington Post, April 17, 2015

Where Are the Teachers of Color?

"It would have been nice to have a teacher in the classroom who could help you bridge over and help you become a better version of yourself," morenext

From The New York Times- Sunday Review, April 11, 2015

Parents, education, and the relentlessness of low incomes

The National Center for Children in Poverty and other advocates recommend a two-generation approach to reducing poverty that combines education and training for parents with high-quality care and education for kids. morenext

From The Boston Globe, April 06, 2015

Intergenerational poverty initiative moves forward, despite stalled

An initiative to cure intergenerational poverty in Utah is pushing onward through a revolutionary collaboration, despite efforts that stalled in the 2015 Legislature. morenext

From Deseret News, March 28, 2015

The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow

By 2044, people of color will account for a majority of the U.S. population. In this Brookings Essay, Jennifer Bradley examines efforts in U.S. metropolitan areas to prepare a more diverse workforce. morenext

From Brookings Institution, March 24, 2015

Moving Parents and Children out of Poverty: a Two-Generation Approach

Tiffany is a single mother living in Indiana. Before receiving assistance Tiffany was unemployed and experiencing severe depression which was further complicated by the threat of losing her home and difficulties her children were experiencing in school. morenext

From Child Trends, March 24, 2015

Urban Institute Gets $8.4 Million to Help Measure Pay-for-Success Programs

The Urban Institute will attempt to make pay-for-success investments more attractive to social entrepreneurs and government program managers with the help of an $8.4 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. morenext

From The Chronicle of Philathropy, March 18, 2015

We don’t need to keep criminals in prison to punish them

The transition from prison to the "free world" can be very tough, both for the offender and for the neighborhood he returns to. In the month after getting out, a person released from prison has about a dozen times the mortality rate of people of the same age, race, and sex in the same neighborhood, with the leading causes of death among former inmates being drug overdose, cardiovascular disease, homicide, and suicide. morenext

From Vox, March 18, 2015

How can we track trends in educational attainment by parental income? Hint: not with the Current Pop

There are many Americans who would benefit from a postsecondary education but who never attend college, or who start college but don’t earn a degree. Many come from low-income families. Addressing gaps in educational attainment by family income, which exist even among similarly prepared students, is one of the most significant challenges facing policymakers concerned about income inequality and socioeconomic mobility. morenext

From The Brookings Institute, March 12, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

From 1960 to 1970, income was moving up for the poor and middle-income earners as well — but since 1970, those incomes more or less have stalled. As a result, the gap between the affluent and the poor is getting wider each year. morenext

From NPR, March 10, 2015

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