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New Research Shows Enduring Payoff for Preschool

By: AJC New results from a long-running study of Michigan preschoolers show an important payoff for both the children and the rest of society: less crime. Two new papers from James Heckman, a University of Chicago economist, show that adults in their mid-50s who attended an Ypsilanti preschool when they were 3 and 4 went […]

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The Best Thing Experienced Parents Can Do for New Parents

By: The New York Times You forget that they have no neck muscles, that they can’t see beyond a couple of feet, that someone who is now the size of a zucchini may one day pivot and stuff a basketball over your head. You’ve already forgotten the sleepless nights that you had, the marital strife, your uneasy acquaintance with […]

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Racism and Sexism Against Black Women May Contribute to High Rates of Black Infant Mortality

By: Child Trends Despite ranking first in per capita health care spending, the United States ranks only 55th out of 225 countries (in order of low to high) for infant mortality rates,[1] with 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Moreover, this rank hides large racial disparities. Black[2] infants die twice as often (11.1 deaths per 1,000 live births) as non-Hispanic white infants (4.8 deaths […]

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VIDEO: In These Laundromats, Adults do the Wash, and Children Read

By: Education Week Adults are sorting, washing, and drying clothes. And the kids—well, normally they might be glued to an electronic device, or running around. But this Sunday afternoon they’re sitting on a colorful rug listening to a story. It’s all part of an effort to improve early-childhood literacy by bringing books and story time into […]

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It Will Take More Than a $34,000 Drug to Stop Postpartum Depression

By: The New York Times  The Food and Drug Administration last week approved the first-ever drug specifically for postpartum depression. The drug, Zulresso, a synthetic form of a hormone produced in the brain, acts quickly, and its effects can last for a month, but there’s a catch. Until a pill version is approved, the patient has to be […]

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Opinion: Child Care Block Grant Remains Vital in Ga., U.S.

By: AJC Having spent more than five decades as a full-time member of the business community, I am extremely grateful for the success I have had — and for the opportunities for public service and engagement that my career helped create. There’s a common thread that ran through both my volunteer work and my experience […]

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Strengthening Our Understanding of Early Childhood Education Through Training

By: SaportaReport The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) is committed to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of our trained volunteers. With that part of our mission in mind, we offer learning opportunities to educate and empower our members about the JLA’s community impact areas – Generational Poverty, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Human […]

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Day Care is One of the Most Important Economic Issues of Our Time

By: The Washington Post At this point, it seems pretty clear that our 20th-century institutions are failing our 21st-century families. Maybe the best way to tell is this: In 1990, 74 percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 54 either had a job or were looking for one, the sixth-highest rate among […]

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