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Announcing Roxane White as New Morgridge Innovator in Residence

Washington, DC, July 18, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced Roxane White as its first Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence beginning in September 2017. The Innovator in Residence is a new program at Ascend at the Aspen Institute to expand the conversation around solutions for families with low incomes and advance systemic shifts and new ideas to serve children and their families more effectively. morenext

From , July 18, 2017

Visionary Leaders Fuel Advances in Opportunity for Colorado Children and Families

Washington, DC, May 16, 2017 – The Aspen Institute announced the inaugural class of its Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellowship. The Fellowship invests in visionary leaders committed to making Colorado the best place to have a child and sustain a healthy, thriving family. morenext

From , May 16, 2017

When a Few Bucks Can Get Students to the Finish Line

Kalif Robinson is a star at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He’s a straight-A senior, majoring in economics and minoring in Arabic. In the fall he’ll start a two-year Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, studying foreign affairs in Washington, training to be a diplomat. morenext

From The New York Times, March 14, 2017

New report spotlights plight of Birmingham’s single mothers

As much as 90 percent of single mothers earning $30,000 or less in the Birmingham metro area may be working two jobs to meet their financial obligations. And almost 40 percent of their take-home pay goes for childcare. More than half of those mothers say they have lost a job or a promotion because of time taken off due to childcare needs. morenext

From AL.com, February 23, 2017

John D. Marshall: An Unwavering Advocate for Racial Equity in Schools

Unapologetic. Anyone who listens to John D. Marshall, the chief equity officer for the Jefferson County, Ky., school district, will eventually hear that word as he advocates for students of color, those who are homeless, and the disadvantaged in the 101,000-student district. morenext

From Education Week, February 22, 2017

Why the United States still needs paid family and medical leave

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) yesterday reintroduced their bill to establish a federal paid family and medical leave program—the FAMILY Act. First introduced in 2013, the bill would give mothers and fathers 12 weeks of job-protected leave at 66 percent wage replacement—funded by a 0.4 percent increase in the payroll tax, split evenly between employers and employees. morenext

From The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, February 08, 2017

The Asset Value of Whiteness

Issues of racial inequity are increasingly at the forefront of America’s public debate. In addition to urgent concerns about racial bias in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, activists highlight deeply connected issues of economic exclusion and inequality. morenext

From Demos, February 06, 2017

By supporting overtime rule fix, President-elect Trump can keep his promises to workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Donald Trump has been elected president in large part by massive numbers of Americans frustrated with their stagnant wages, disappearing benefits, fraying supports, and more. To answer their call for greater economic stability, President-elect Trump should work to reinvigorate the overtime rule. morenext

From Cleveland Plain-Dealer, December 11, 2016

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

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Imagine an hourly employee being offered a raise and saying, “No thanks, not now.” Some poor working parents face that tough decision too often. The problem is that even a modest raise can push a family’s income over the top limit to qualify for publicly funded child care assistance. morenext

From National Conference of State Legislatures, October 14, 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

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