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The college trap that keeps people poor

Chelsey Stone had already escaped so many of the traps that keep poor children in poverty for life. She recalls begging neighbors for dinner when her mother sold their food stamps for drug money. She slept on the trampoline outside when the heroin showed up and her mom locked the door and the binges began. When she rebelled as a teenager, it was with poster board: She plastered her house with bright signs warning, “Do Not Throw Needles Away Here.” morenext

From The Washington Post, December 15, 2014

Report Holds Promise For Investors And Poor Families

“Wealth has never been so concentrated as it is today, while families find it increasingly difficult to climb the ladder of prosperity,” says Anne Mosle, the lead author on a new impact investing report from Ascend, a family-focused effort at the Aspen Institute, “The Bottom Line: Impacting Investing for Economic Mobility in the US.” morenext

From Forbes, December 11, 2014

When It Comes to Early Learning, Preschool Isn’t Enough

The country still needs a lot more investment to really change the life trajectory of young kids being raised by poor, single moms. morenext

From The Atlantic, December 11, 2014

‘Impact Investments’ Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday. morenext

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy , December 11, 2014

The Universal Pre-K Debate Is Already Too Narrow

Expanding access to preschool is only one piece—and a late one at that—of what we should be doing to assist kids' development. morenext

From The National Journal, December 10, 2014

Poverty Affects 30% Of Children In US Cities, Negatively Affecting Their Health

In a new paper released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers found that many children in large cities in the U.S. are living in poverty. morenext

From Medical Daily, December 06, 2014

Unsteady Incomes Keep Millions of Workers Behind on Bills

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. — The bills arrive as regularly as a heartbeat at the Vories’s cozy bi-level brick house just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. It’s the paychecks that are irregular. morenext

From The New York Times, December 03, 2014

Obama’s Progress Basing Policy on Data–and the Challenges Ahead

Here’s a radical idea with strong bipartisan appeal: Let’s spend our tax dollars on programs that work. It sounds like something that policymakers and legislators already ought to be doing, much as we expect that doctors and car safety engineers will do things that are likely to save our lives. morenext

From The Wall Street Journal, Washington Wire, December 01, 2014

National Security Babies

From the emergence of the Islamic State to Russian expansionism and China’s rise, there is no shortage of national-security challenges facing the United States. But, as a new report – Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages – demonstrates, nothing poses a more potent threat to America’s future than the failure to provide adequate care and education to children under the age of five. morenext

From Project Syndiate, November 28, 2014

A Two-Generation Approach to Poverty

Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, spoke with Governing about the ramifications of a two-generational approach to poverty in state government. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. morenext

From GOVERNING, November 25, 2014

A Step Forward on Child Care

Ensuring access to safe, good and affordable child care is crucial for helping to lift low-income parents out of poverty and build futures for their children. The child care bill signed on Wednesday by President Obama is a bipartisan step in the right direction, and it holds promise for further progress. morenext

From The New York Times- Opinions, November 23, 2014

The Fight for $15.37 an Hour

Ascend Network Member, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) served an instrumental role in a coalition that successfully pushed for a hotel workers' minimum wage raise. morenext

From The New York Times- Business, November 22, 2014

Do Politicians Love Kids?

If politicians are genuinely looking for a bipartisan issue to break through the Washington gridlock, here’s a suggestion: invest in early education. morenext

From The New York Times- Opinions, November 19, 2014

Two-Generation Approaches: A Promising Strategy for Fighting Poverty

Every child deserves the same opportunity for success. As an anti-poverty agency, CAP Tulsa has developed programs and best practices that align with this mission. Based on research demonstrating the value of high-quality early education, we have worked hard to bring first-rate comprehensive early childhood development programming to the low-income children we serve. morenext

From Spotlight on Poverty, November 18, 2014

‘Two-generation’ programs benefit early learners

Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. morenext

From The Register Guard, November 17, 2014

Decades of Neglect Show Starkly as Indian Schools Cry Out for Repairs

Winter comes early and bites hard on this Indian reservation in northern Minnesota, and the pole barn that houses part of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School offers limited protection from the elements. morenext

From The New York Times, November 14, 2014

5 Policies That Help Children By Helping Their Parents

It should be common sense to say that programs which improve well-being and increase stability for parents will also help their children. Two-generation approaches to child welfare, a topic we highlighted in last spring’s issue of Future of Children, are the focus of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. morenext

From The Brookings Institution, November 14, 2014

A Policy Idea Both Parties Can Agree on

It is time for other policymakers across the country to join this two-generation effort. Unless they rise to this challenge, the next generation will be at further risk - for academic struggles, for lower wages, and, ultimately, for the same challenges facing their parents for economic stability. morenext

From Huffington Post, Blog, November 07, 2014

Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren’t Optional

A new data set suggests that more than three million people would have gained health insurance across 24 states if the Supreme Court had ruled differently. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, November 03, 2014

A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College

The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school. They overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, October 28, 2014

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