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Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent

This week, a mother in North Augusta, S. C., was fired from her job at McDonald’s following an arrest earlier in the month when authorities learned that she dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at a nearby park while she worked her shift. The news has prompted public debate about the the difficulty of finding and affording child care. morenext

From The New York Times, July 24, 2014

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators. morenext

From The Washington Post Answer Sheet, July 22, 2014

The Social Capital Gap

Researchers track race, marital status, and education as proxies for income, and they find that wealthy people, or rather people they assume to be wealthy (for perfectly good reasons), fare better along a number of dimensions than poor people, e.g., the poor are more likely to suffer from diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, and they tend to have shorter lifespans. morenext

From The National Review Online, July 21, 2014

A College Savings Account for Every Child

A study finds that students who had saved between $1 and $500 were four times more likely to graduate than students with no savings at all. morenext

From The National Journal Magazine, July 19, 2014

Early education should be integral part of elementary schools, foundation says

Preschool programs should be integral parts of elementary schools with comparable funding levels and school hours; child-care professionals should be trained as teachers, not babysitters; and state data systems should include information about early education, according to a blueprint for speeding up improvements in early education. morenext

From The Washington Post Education, July 16, 2014

Biggest influence on a child’s education may be the mother’s education

It’s long been known that a mother’s education status has a sizable influence on her children’s academic lives. But a report released Wednesday enumerates many of the ways a mother’s education plays out in the next generation’s economic, social and health outcomes as well. morenext

From The Washington Post Education, July 09, 2014

How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often?

Children born into low-income families face barriers to success in each stage of life from birth to age 40. Using data on a representative group of American children and a life cycle model to track their progress from the earliest years through school and beyond, we show that well-evaluated targeted interventions can close over 70 percent of the gap between more and less advantaged children in the proportion who end up middle class by middle age. morenext

From Brookings Institution, July 08, 2014

The not-so-surprising secret to happy children: parents who smile

When we experience everyday stress, our bodies kick into high gear by releasing adrenaline and cortisol. When the stress goes away—or if, as children, we’re comforted by trusted adults—our bodies return to normal. But if there is no adult around, or the stressors are ongoing, the response system stays activated. morenext

From The Atlantic, June 30, 2014

Amid de Blasio’s Pre-K Push, a Bid to Boost Learning at a Weak Point in the Pipeline

Mildred Augustin has been providing day care from her home in the Bronx since 2002. morenext

From NY Times: N.Y. / Region, June 29, 2014

The Fathering Gap and Social Mobility

First, the good news: Fathers are taking a larger role in their children’s lives, according to recent reports from the White House’s Working Families Summit. morenext

From The Brookings Institute, June 27, 2014

Congrats, America. You have less economic opportunity than you did in 1970

Americans today have more social and educational opportunity than they did 40 years ago -- but they have less economic opportunity, thanks to a bruising recession and the alarming economic trends that preceded it. morenext

From The Washington Post: Wonkblog, June 24, 2014

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

Through groundbreaking research, economist Heather Boushey empirically illustrated how women’s labor-force participation has grown dramatically over the past 50 years and that mothers are more likely to provide significant financial support to their families than ever before. morenext

From Center for American Progress, June 20, 2014

How Everyone Could Get A Free College Education Like Starbucks Employees Now Will

Starbucks plans to announce on Monday that it will cover college tuition for its workers if they take online classes with Arizona State University. morenext

From ThinkProgress, June 16, 2014

English Language Literacy in Immigrant Parents Is Important for Early Childhood Education, Report Sa

Early childhood education is absent from the lives of the neediest, poorest and fastest-growing populations, in spite of the expansion of preschool programs meant to address the needs of children across the economic spectrum, particularly disadvantaged youths. And more than any others, children in immigrant households are the least likely to enroll their children in federal and state preschool programs, due mainly to language and literacy barriers. morenext

From Latin Post, June 10, 2014

A Case Study in Lifting College Attendance

Sydney Nye was a straight-A student with an SAT score high enough to apply to any college in the country. When her senior year of high school in Wilmington, Del., started about nine months ago, she had dreams of becoming a chemical engineer. morenext

From NY Times, June 10, 2014

Prison Program Turns Inmates into Intellectuals

Otisville Correctional Facility is a medium-security state prison, 79 miles northwest of Manhattan, on the site of a former tuberculosis sanitarium — with an equalizing element of portent, near the town of Mount Hope. morenext

From NY Times: N.Y. / Region, May 30, 2014

Is College Worth It?

A new set of income statistics answers that question quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable. morenext

From NY Times: Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say, May 27, 2014

Who Gets to Graduate?

For as long as she could remember, Vanessa Brewer had her mind set on going to college. morenext

From NY Times Magazine: Who Gets to Graduate?, May 15, 2014

The new War on Poverty: Tackling two generations at once

For 50 years, the government has fought the War on Poverty with programs that have typically focused on either helping children get off to a good start, or helping parents get better education and training for better jobs. morenext

From Washington Post: She The People, May 07, 2014

Single Mothers Striving for Better Lives for Themselves and their Children

They come from different backgrounds but the women sitting in the classroom have one thing in common - they are single mothers trying to improve life for themselves and their children. morenext

From The Daily Home: Single mothers striving to improve life, May 01, 2014

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