Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Education

What Works News Round-Up – January 16, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/16/15) Majority Of U.S. Public School Students Are In Poverty For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-inco…

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What Works News Round-Up – October 22, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (10/21/14) The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K With the introduction of universal pre-K in New York City, we have created a new entry point into our public school syst…

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What Works News Round-Up – September 12, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. MetroTrends Blog (9/11/14) Lose Your Job, Lose Your Family: How Unemployment Affects Family Stability Job loss is bad news for children of single mothers. These children are at a higher …

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What Works News Round-Up – August 29, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Next City (8/26/14) 4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words con…

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What Works News Round-Up – August 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. KPCC-FM (8/12/14) Small Community Loan Program Keeps Childcare Centers Afloat Candace Wong, California Director of Child Care at the Low Income Investment Fund, said it loaned $1.8 milli…

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What Works News Round-Up – July 18, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (7/17/14) When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure Being poor can make you sick. Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you …

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What Works News Round-Up – June 27, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (6/27/14) Librarians are becoming affordable housing advocates. Yes, you read that right A  new group is joining the push for more affordable housing: city libraries.…

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Connecting the Dots between Education, Health and Opportunity

Community investments in education, transportation, housing, and neighborhoods are closely linked to health, wellbeing, and opportunity—particularly for low-income families. One of these factors—education—matters more now than ever before. Education is a key focus of both Investing in…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 30, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/28/14) Partners In Progress: Initiative Creates One-Stop Shops For Needy Families “It’s a paradigm shift in how we’ve approached our work in previous decades,” said…

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San Francisco’s El Dorado Elementary School Uses Trauma-Informed & Restorative Practices; Suspensions Drop 89%

By Jane Ellen Stevens “Childhood trauma is a public health issue,” says Joyce Dorado, director of HEARTS — Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools. “It’s really common, and the way kids react to it gets them into trouble in school.” In fact, serious an…

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