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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 28, 2015

Next Generation Kids program offers hope to families in poverty

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 50,000 Utah kids live in poverty, with another quarter million at risk of remaining in poverty as adults. morenext

From KSL.com, January 28, 2015

US Economic Mobility and Investing for Impact

A new Aspen Institute survey explores how impact investing is driving change in education, economic assets, and health and well-being. morenext

From The Stanford Social Innovation Review, 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

Time to re-imagine the market and economic mobility

It has been more than 50 years since President Johnson announced the War on Poverty, yet we still have 32 million children living in low-income families and one in four in poverty. For the first time, Americans across generations, class and race, do not think that the future will be better for their children. Despite the fact that trust in government is at an all-time low, federal and state governments are both innovating and stretching to meet both the changing needs of families. morenext

From The Hill, January 23, 2015

President Obama’s Two-Generation Strategy: Right Package, Right Time

President’s Obama’s domestic priorities outlined in Tuesday’s State of the Union address encompass a thoughtful and timely package—not simply a laundry list—to help poor and low-income families lift themselves into the middle class. CLASP has long advocated for these priorities and strategies because we think that, taken together, they support families and add up to a far greater impact together than any of them could have alone. We are delighted to see the president’s approach reflects this same judgment. morenext

From CLASP, January 22, 2015

Four in 10 American children live in low-income families, new report shows

Four out of every ten American children live in low-income families, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. morenext

From Phys.org, January 21, 2015

Does Head Start Promote Outcomes for Low-Income Parents?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, a remarkable package of legislation designed to reduce the number of American families living on very little. One lasting legacy of the initiative was the creation of Head Start, a federal antipoverty program to promote early school success for low-income, preschool-aged children in the hopes of reducing social disparities over time. Head Start is currently the nation’s largest federally funded preschool program, and it serves more than one million low-income children each year. morenext

From The Aspen Institute Journal of Ideas, January 20, 2015

Seven Lessons Learned about Child Poverty

The official child poverty rate in the United States stands at 20 percent, the second-highest among its developed counterparts, for a total of almost 15 million children. Since the 2008 recession, 1.7 million more kids have fallen into poverty, according to UNICEF’s relative measure of poverty. morenext

From The Century Foundation, January 20, 2015

How Nurses Can Help Low-Income Mothers and Kids

The Nurse Family Partnership coaches poor first-time moms on parenting and life skills from pregnancy through the toddler years. morenext

From The Atlantic, January 14, 2015

​Head Start program helps reduce childhood obesity

School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. morenext

From CBS News, January 12, 2015

Savings program gives local students a head start on college

To date, FUEL Education has served about 750 students who have saved close to $650,000 toward college. Currently, there are 150 students participating in Boston, 222 in Chelsea, and 189 in Lynn. More than 200 former FUEL students are enrolled in higher education and are working toward degrees. Eighty-five percent of FUEL families never saved toward college before joining the program. morenext

From The Boston Globe, January 12, 2015

The Promise of Universal Community College

Virtually all Americans enroll in high school these days and have the opportunity to attend public schools for free, but a century ago, that was not the case. In 1910, fewer than one in five Americans attended high school; by the start of World War II, three-quarters of high-school aged Americans were enrolled. The result is clear: decades of innovation, economic growth, and social mobility driven by a smarter, more skilled American population. morenext

From Time , January 09, 2015

Treating chronic illness with cough syrup: Life in the coverage gap

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From The Washington Post, Storyline, January 09, 2015

A School for Children—and Their Parents

One D.C. charter aims to combat poverty by offering a range of free classes for adults, as well as early education for their kids. morenext

From The Atlantic, January 09, 2015

When a raise means losing ground for low-income families

As part of NewsHour Weekend’s coverage of the rising rates of poverty in American suburbs, we also refer to the “cliff effect.” morenext

From PBS News Hour, January 08, 2015

How Wide Is the Preschool Attendance Gap in the U.S.?

Children in low-income households are far less likely to attend preschool. morenext

From City Lab, January 08, 2015

Fight Poverty by Sending Dad and Daughter to School Together

One D.C. charter school offers free English, computer, and parenting classes for adults and early education for their kids. morenext

From The National Journal, January 07, 2015

The Talking Cure

The poorer parents are, the less they talk with their children. The mayor of Providence is trying to close the “word gap.” morenext

From The New Yorker, January 07, 2015

Weight and Social Mobility: Taking the Long View on Childhood Obesity

Obesity is one of the largest health issues facing our country. More than one-third of adults and around one-fifth of teenagers are obese. Childhood obesity is more common among low-income children and those with less-educated parents. In this Long Memo, we examine class gaps in obesity and how they might inform the conversation about economic mobility. What is the relationship between income and weight while growing up, and how does that relationship carry through to adulthood? morenext

From The Atlantic, January 01, 2015

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