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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

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

How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning

For 15-year-old Zion Agostini, the start of each school day is a new occasion to navigate a minefield of racial profiling. From an early age, walking home from elementary school with his older brother, Agostini took note of the differential treatment police gave to black people in his community: “I [saw] people get stopped … get harassed … get arrested for minor offenses.” morenext

From The Atlantic, October 11, 2016

Effects of ParentCorps in Prekindergarten on Child Mental Health and Academic Performance

Low-income minority children living in urban neighborhoods are at high risk for mental health problems and underachievement. ParentCorps, a family-centered, school-based intervention in prekindergarten, improves parenting and school readiness (ie, self-regulation and preacademic skills) in 2 randomized clinical trials. morenext

From Journal of the American Medical Association, October 03, 2016

Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education? Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called "corporate-backed," "market driven" "privatization" in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question. morenext

From NPR, September 30, 2016

Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to increase opportunities for families living in poverty. morenext

From Los Alamos Daily Post, September 29, 2016

Too Many Caught in Tragic Poverty Gap

I make the call that Valeria believes will change her family’s future: “Congratulations, I would like to offer you the job!” morenext

From Clarion-Ledger, September 18, 2016

Research on Tulsa’s Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country. morenext

From NPR, August 22, 2016

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

12,000 inmates to receive Pell grants to take college classes

The Obama administration selected 67 colleges and universities Thursday for the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, an experiment to help prisoners earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated. The schools will work with more than 100 federal and state penitentiaries to enroll inmates who qualify for Pell, a form of federal aid that covers tuition, books and fees for college students with financial need. Prisoners must be eligible for release within five years of enrolling in coursework. morenext

From Washington Post, June 24, 2016

Taxas needs a new approach to poverty

Nonprofits do not necessarily have to expand their scope to move ahead with a two-generation strategy; indeed, this is most effective as a partnership between organizations. morenext

From TribTalk, June 08, 2016

‘Toxic stress’ in the classroom: How a public health approach could help

Children living in poverty often are exposed to high levels of constant stress that can be debilitating, not only in terms of their physical health but also their ability to learn. So what are schools to do? morenext

From Washington Post, June 07, 2016

Keys to a Degree

There are schools out there that pride themselves on successfully serving this student group, for instance: morenext

From Administer, June 02, 2016

Do The Roots Of Mental Health Issues Lie In Early Childhood?

A report from the the Bronx from visit a children’s hospital and a program that’s become nationally known for identifying the earliest indicators that something is wrong. morenext

From WAMU.org 88.5, May 27, 2016

Working Across Generations to Move Rural Families Forward

Research shows that children raised in poverty are less likely to graduate from high school or remain consistently employed, and they are more likely to live in poverty as adults. So how can rural families and communities buck this trend and build on local assets — like their resourcefulness, relationships, and creativity — to ensure the long-term success of local children? morenext

From The Aspen Institute | Blog, May 26, 2016

Tackling Poverty, Two Generations at a Time

Tulsa has a striking characteristic—one in three children younger than 5 lives in poverty. The Community Action Project of Tulsa County, or CAP Tulsa, is working to change that through services that support moving whole families up the economic ladder. morenext

From Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, May 26, 2016

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