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At a poverty conference. In Aspen. Waiting on a call from prison.

At a poverty conference in Aspen, the event's "two-generational" approach is personal for Brooklyn's Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin. morenext

From The Washington Post, Story Line, October 08, 2014

A business-nonprofit partnership remedy for high turnover

How do you convince companies that social spending and government “handouts” are good for the bottom line? Randy Osmun has a pitch: reduced employee turnover. morenext

From The Washington Post Opinion, October 09, 2014

This Little Piggy Went to College

WASHINGTON — WHEN her son, Cole, came home from his first day of kindergarten at a public school in San Francisco two years ago, Lauren Sigurdson, a single mom who struggles to pay basic expenses, found a welcome surprise tucked in his backpack: a flier announcing that Cole would be getting his own savings account, with an initial $50 deposit. morenext

From The Washington Post, The Opinions Pages, October 06, 2014

Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation

Vladimir de Jesus, a community college student, dreams of becoming an art teacher. But after first enrolling at LaGuardia Community College in 2008, he’s still working toward his degree. morenext

From The New York Times, October 03, 2014

All Kindergartners in Nevada Given College Savings Accounts

In Nevada, starting kindergarten means starting to save money for college. morenext

From Education Week, September 15, 2014

The Way to Beat Poverty

As our children were growing up, one of their playmates was a girl named Jessica. Our kids would disappear with Jessica to make forts, build a treehouse and share dreams. We were always concerned because — there’s no polite way to say this — Jessica was a mess. morenext

From The New York Times, September 12, 2014

What is the True Poverty Rate in America?

Poverty is less about particular people than about particular places. Which helps explain why the odds of escaping poverty in the U.S. (i.e. economic mobility) haven’t changed in 20 years. morenext

From The Las Vegas Informer, September 08, 2014

The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus

One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, September 06, 2014

Help Families From Day 1

The opening of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program this week will give 53,000 children access to free, full-day pre-K in New York City, compared with 20,000 enrolled last year. This is well worth celebrating, and other cities and states should follow suit. But this investment in school preparation is not enough. If we want to close the income-based achievement gap, we need to begin much earlier. morenext

From The New York Times Op-Ed, September 02, 2014

This Labor Day, Let’s Remember Those Who Can’t Afford a Day Off

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Jodi Kantor describes the challenging lifestyle of Jannette Navarro, a 22-year-old single mother who is a Starbucks barista with an erratic work schedule. The article chronicles Jannette’s seemingly impossible balancing act of seeking childcare, pursuing an education, and providing for her family. morenext

From Talk Poverty, September 02, 2014

Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo

High-quality instructional materials are essential for American students to succeed in the global economy. Recent research suggests that curriculum choice rivals teacher quality in influencing student achievement outcomes, and that access to good content correlates more strongly with student performance than ethnicity or socioeconomic status. As we discuss in another article, the past few years have been frustrating for educators who want good curricula, but instead are faced with a complex and often underwhelming set of options. morenext

From Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 27, 2014

To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

For the 16 million American children living below the federal poverty line, the start of a new school year should be reason to celebrate. Summer is no vacation when your parents are working multiple jobs or looking for one. Many kids are left to fend for themselves in neighborhoods full of gangs, drugs and despair. Given the hardships at home, poor kids might be expected to have the best attendance records, if only for the promise of a hot meal and an orderly classroom. morenext

From The New York Times Education, August 25, 2014

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

As the shaded quadrangles of the nation’s elite campuses stir to life for the start of the academic year, they remain bastions of privilege. Amid promises to admit more poor students, top colleges educate roughly the same percentage of them as they did a generation ago. This is despite the fact that there are many high school seniors from low-income homes with top grades and scores: twice the percentage in the general population as at elite colleges. morenext

From The New York Times Education, August 25, 2014

How a Part-Time Pay Penalty Hits Working Mothers

Women get paid less than men in almost all jobs, but when women in low-wage jobs need to take time off work to care for children, they are at an even greater disadvantage. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, August 21, 2014

Teen Moms: The Difference Two Years and a Diploma Make

What would happen if teen mothers waited a few years to have children? What if they simply got their high school diploma? What if they did both? These are three of the “what-if” scenarios considered in a recent Child Trends research brief, co-authored by our own Isabel Sawhill. morenext

From Brookings Institution Blog, August 18, 2014

Want to live longer? Send your kids to college.

New research by Esther Friedman of the RAND Corporation and Robert Mare of UCLA finds that parents of college grads live two years longer than parents whose kids didn’t graduate high school. That two-year bump in life expectancy for parents of the most-educated kids is surprisingly large – it amounts to about two-thirds of the longevity benefit of running every day. morenext

From The Washington Post Education, August 17, 2014

Improving Educational Outcomes for Families

A mother’s level of educational attainment has important implications for her children’s economic well-being, education, and health, says a new Foundation for Child Development report by Donald Hernandez and Jeffrey Napierala. Their findings reaffirm previous research, suggesting that less maternal education is associated with higher levels of poverty, child obesity, and infant mortality, and lower levels of preschool enrollment and academic proficiency for children. morenext

From New America Ed Center, August 15, 2014

Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?

Three years ago, Gordon-Cole was one of 600 people (most of them single mothers) selected for the Memphis Family Rewards Program, a widely watched trial that provides cash incentives to poor parents and their high school-age children for completing tasks that seem, at first glance, absurdly second nature for middle-class families. morenext

From Politico Magazine, August 12, 2014

Multigenerational Programs Aim to Break Poverty Cycle

Not much about public education has gone as advertised for Rebecca Goodman or her family. morenext

From Education Week, August 07, 2014

Indiana’s Kids Count On Us for Policies to Improve Child Poverty, Too!

More than one in five Hoosier children are stuck living in poverty, and they need Indiana’s policymakers to tackle innovative policy solutions to help secure their future. morenext

From Indiana Institute for Working Families, August 06, 2014

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