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In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents. morenext

From National Public Radio: Education, April 23, 2014

Taking on Karl Marx and Adam Smith

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues income inequality is going to worsen. morenext

From NY Times: International Business Section, April 19, 2014

Researchers Discuss Two-Generation Solutions

According to Northwestern researchers, two-generation programs that target parents and children simultaneously will have a greater short-term and long-term impact on children's success and life opportunities over time. morenext

From The Daily Northwestern: Northwestern researchers discuss two-generation programs, April 16, 2014

Women’s Unequal Lot

I DROPPED in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed. I work a single job; she works three or four. morenext

From NY Times: Women's Unequal Lot, April 12, 2014

Encouraging Parents of First Generation College Students

Key is to empower parents who haven’t gone to college themselves to talk to their sons and daughters about the importance of higher education. morenext

From Time: How to Help Low-Income Parents Talk To Their Kids About College, April 09, 2014

Social Capital: Feeling Less Single

Tamara Alexander knows what good a group can do for single parents. morenext

From Mother, daughter helping single parents, April 05, 2014

Leave Institutions to Their Task

In the early days of the republic, Thomas Jefferson made clear the primacy of education in a democratic society. morenext

From Leave Institutions to their Task: The Value of Remedial Programming to a Strong Society, April 01, 2014

No Mother Should Have to Choose Between Paying the Rent and Paying the Utilities

To cap the end of Women’s History Month, the National Council of La Raza is kicking off a blog series on minimum wage with a focus on women of color, who represent a disproportionately large number of minimum wage workers. morenext

From How Raising the Minimum Wage will Help Struggling Working Moms, March 31, 2014

New Data on Childhood Adversity and Health Link Also Shows Way Forward

In 1972, researchers in North Carolina started following two groups of babies from poor families. morenext

From NY Times: Project to Improve Poor Children’s Intellect Led to Better Health, Data Shows, March 27, 2014

For Striving Students, a Connection to Money

Shortly after he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in January, 2012, to study accounting, Jason aged out of the shelter for youths where he was staying. morenext

From NY Times Fixes: For Striving Students, a Connection to Money, March 26, 2014

How to Fix Head Start

Congressman Paul Ryan declared in his recent report on poverty that Head Start is “failing to prepare children for school”—an assessment that the program’s critics share and would use to cut its funding. morenext

From How to Fix Head Start: It Works Better Than You've Heard, But It Still Needs Reform, March 26, 2014

What if Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?

Blond and Midwestern cheerful, Kathryn Edin could be a cruise director, except that instead of showing off the lido deck, she's pointing out where the sex traffickers live off a run-down strip of East Camden, New Jersey. morenext

From Mother Jones March/April 2014, March 25, 2014

16 and Pregnant in the Choctaw Nation

“He’s still not talking yet,” said Autumn Sisco, staring down at the beefy little boy in the Buzz Lightyear sweatshirt playing at her feet. She scooped him up and swiped at his runny nose with her shirt sleeve. morenext

From 16 and Pregnant in the Choctaw Nation, March 24, 2014

Jeremiah Program Pioneer in Lifting Single Mothers Out of Poverty

Low-income single mothers, a growing demographic group, face a challenging set of responsibilities, with unusually tight resources. morenext

From Program Works to Lift Single Mothers Out of Poverty, March 18, 2014

10 Numbers that Explain Why Inequality is a Hot Topic

Although high-octane rhetoric on health care seems to overshadow all other political discussions in U.S. politics, income inequality and economic opportunity have crept up in speeches and policy proposals from the White House, Congress, state government, local government and academics. Here are a few reasons why. morenext

From 10 Numbers that Explain Why Inequality is a Hot Topic, March 18, 2014

Low-Wage Job Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many

For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job. morenext

From Low-Wage Job Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many, March 12, 2014

My Life as a Retail Worker

After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day. morenext

From The Atlantic - My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor, March 11, 2014

Two-Generation Program Launches in Evanston, Illinois

Busy. Resilient. Passionate. These are some words 13 mothers used to describe themselves at the first session of the Evanston Two-Generation Education Initiative, which combines education for parents and their children. morenext

From Foundation launches '2-generation' program, March 07, 2014

Funders in Detroit Invest in Head Start

A group of local philanthropic organizations has announced a $4.5 million fund to go toward Head Start early childhood education programs in Detroit. morenext

From $4.5 million fund to go toward early childhood education in Detroit, March 05, 2014

White House Budget Supports Head Start, Family Planning, and Mental Health Services

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed an $80.1 billion budget for the Health and Human Services department, representing a $3.9 billion increase over 2012 levels. morenext

From White House budget would ask for $80.1 billion for HHS, March 04, 2014

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