May 3, 2018

When my children were small, we talked to them all the time. In the car, while they were in the stroller, while we ate dinner. We encouraged their responses and their questions. It's how my husband and I were raised, and we learn from our earliest role models, our pare...

October 7, 2015

 

One in every five children in America lives in poverty. That child may be hungry, and he may not know where his next meal is coming from. That child may be homeless, living with relatives, or living without utilities. That child may not have rain boots or a warm coat....

July 1, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear professor and writer David L. Kirp speak on the topic, “Is Public Education Dead?” His answer was that, while our public schools nationally are, for the most part, not meeting the needs of the majority of our population, t...

June 3, 2015

In education, we’re always looking for the magic bullet – that one thing that will help children to succeed, that will help eliminate the achievement gap once and for all. If we lengthen the school day, will that increase scores? If we provide our students with better-...

April 29, 2015

 

Recently, New America published an article suggesting that it is time to re-envision elementary education. Authors Lisa Guernsey and Laura Bornfreund argue that the current school structure, with preschool education ending at pre-kindergarten and elementary education...

April 24, 2015

 

A new research study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that children who live in poverty actually have smaller brains than their wealthier peers. Through scanning the brains of 1,100 Americans aged 3 – 20, scientists found that both the surface area and the thick...

April 15, 2015

 

Last week, the 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was presented to a room filled with health care and education professionals, policy makers, and local and state leaders. While Rhode Island has made great gains in some areas, decreasing both the percentage of infan...

March 4, 2015

 

Last week, I wrote about school lunches. However, you may not realize that in addition to the National School Lunch Program, there is also a National School Breakfast Program. Since 1975, this meal program has provided federal funding to states, enabling more than 89,...

February 10, 2015

 

Over the next forty-five days, Congress will decide the fate of an innovative, research-backed program that most of us have never even heard of: the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Through the Health Resources and Services Adminis...

February 6, 2015

Our national conversation often revolves around “the American dream,” that uniquely American notion that anyone who works hard can live a full life that includes a secure job, satisfying personal relationships, the freedom to share one’s opinions, and maybe even home o...

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