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Where Parents Train While Their Kids Learn

Two-generation Head Start programs are preparing little ones for school and ushering their parents into better employment. morenext

From The National Journal, July 27, 2015

2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community. morenext

From KIDS COUNT Data Book, Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 21, 2015

Black Children in U.S. Are Much More Likely to Live in Poverty, Study Finds

Black children were almost four times as likely as white children to be living in poverty in 2013, a new report has found, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is leaving behind some of the United States’ most vulnerable citizens. morenext

From The New York Times, July 14, 2015

3 Things You Didn’t Know about 2Gen Trends

2Gen approaches are promising paths for helping more families achieve the independence and freedom that are hallmarks of our country. morenext

From Social Impact Architects, July 13, 2015

An opportunity gamed away

For a county in the Deep South that reaped millions from casino business, poverty is still its spin of the wheel. morenext

From The Washington Post, July 11, 2015

Pathways Out of Poverty Require Two-Generation Solutions

Over time, the philanthropic community has pursued a range of strategies to break the poverty cycle for parents and children through strategies that focus on early childhood development or parental capacity building, yet we've failed to achieve more positive outcomes at scale. Why? morenext

From The Huffington Post, July 11, 2015

Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future

How can Newtown’s schools help the latest generation of students? Educators at the neighborhood’s Alta Vista Elementary School have found some answers. Principal Barbara Shirley adopted an Aspen Institute initiative called “Two Generations, One Future,” designed to simultaneously engage children and their parents in practical skills, with the twin goals of academic success and job readiness. Shirley viewed the program as a natural fit for this county, where the number of locals registering for food stamps has soared 200% in the past eight years and where almost half of those at or below the poverty line work full and part-time jobs. morenext

From Fortune, June 29, 2015

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series "Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. morenext

From PBS News Hour, June 27, 2015

Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle asks, Do men have to lose for women to win? (Video)

Mosle talked with Cindy Fisher Crawford about what it takes to get more women in Birmingham’s C-Suites and hopefully CEO seats. morenext

From Birmingham Business Journal, June 22, 2015

A Federal Policy on Paid Leave Suddenly Seems Plausible

The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t provide workers with any sort of paid leave as part of government policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act, which President Bill Clinton signed on his 17th day in office in 1993, gives about half of workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition, a birth or an ailing family member. morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, June 22, 2015

Five issues to keep poverty on the agenda in 2016

Poverty affects who we are as a country. It affects our economy, our criminal justice system, our educational investments and the future of our workforce. Our response to it, or lack thereof, is an expression of our national values. morenext

From The Hill: Blog, June 10, 2015

Give to Those at the Bottom? Sure, as Long as They Stay There

When it comes to reducing inequality, Americans may be open to bolder solutions for reining in those at the top than for ones boosting people at the bottom. [Study] morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, June 08, 2015

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

As it turns out, the conditions that attend poverty—what a National Scientific Council report summarized as “overcrowding, noise, substandard housing, separation from parent(s), exposure to violence, family turmoil,” and other forms of extreme stress—can be toxic to the developing brain, just like drug or alcohol abuse. morenext

From The New Yorker, June 04, 2015

Two Rules for My Daughter’s Library

When my daughter was born, I decided there would be two rules for the books I would chose for her: 1. They had to tell a story well. 2. No white people. morenext

From On Being, May 29, 2015

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

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