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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education, Poverty | December 9th, 2013 3:33pm CDT | 1 Comment

From The Urban Child Institute:  

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 19th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Ms. Dominique: Definition of High Quality Early Childhood Education

This issue of The Urban Child Institute’s Research to Policy links the quality of early childhood care and education to the developmental well-being of children. The first few years of life are a period of intense brain development. This period is vital, for example, in early language development, in the formation of pre-reading and pre-math […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2011 1:30pm CDT | 2 Comments

Memphis was recently singled out as the most food insecure city in America. (Meaning that families can’t afford to buy enough food to consistently meet their basic needs.) Nationwide, about 14 percent of families reported that they couldn’t afford to feed their families at some point last year. In comparison, nearly 26 percent of Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2011 12:53am CDT | 3 Comments

This month Research and Policy focuses on the relationship between nutrition and early childhood brain development. This is a painful issue in Memphis, which was recently singled out as the most food insecure city in America. Today, more than half of American families raising young children are low-income. These are the families most likely to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 23rd, 2011 12:28am CDT | 1 Comment

There’s a billboard on Poplar that reminds us that Demographics are not Destiny. What a great idea! Too often, conversations about the future of our community’s children, focus on the risks to their development and well-being that are associated with their ethnicity or race, with the neighborhood in which they grow up, with the marital […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 3rd, 2011 12:45am CDT | 8 Comments

This is Urban Child Institute’s Doug Imig’s Perceptions : Recently, both the national and Memphis news have focused their attention on the high number of pregnant girls in high school in Memphis. Every year, one in six births in Shelby County is to a mother still in her teens. What difference does teen parenting make […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 22nd, 2010 12:03am CDT | Comments Off on A Timely Moment to Consider Inequality and Child Outcomes

As 2010 comes to a close, it is a good time to pause and reflect on the stack of reports released over the past year that comment on the well-being of children, and ask how these studies apply to Memphis, particularly in terms of what they can tell us about early childhood brain development, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2010 4:44pm CDT | 3 Comments

A metric of success for Memphis: the number of at-risk children who grow up to become the neighbors we trust, the parents we admire, the workers we employ, and the men and women in whose successes we take great pride This is a story about a small experiment … with potentially large implications for the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 29th, 2010 12:19am CDT | 2 Comments

The other day a friend asked me how many children in Memphis are ready for kindergarten. What a great question! But what a difficult question to answer! In one sense, all 5 year olds in Memphis are “ready for kindergarten” in the sense that they are all (or at least are supposed to be) enrolled […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 22nd, 2010 12:44pm CDT | 6 Comments

I recently received a draft copy of The Urban Child Institute’s 2010 Databook, and was struck by one line in particular: “… for children, there are two realities to life in Shelby County…” This statement is certainly true, and there is a world of difference between those two realities when it comes to the early […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 27th, 2010 8:43pm CDT | 1 Comment

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Puebla, Mexico on initial and basic education for indigenous and rural children. Puebla is a beautiful and thriving city; and I look forward to returning soon, with my family in tow. Additionally, the conference was an eye-opening experience in terms […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 8th, 2010 3:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Report: Half School Kids in South Are Poor

A report released by the Southern Education Foundation notes that the South has become the first region of the country where more than half of public school children are poor and more than half are members of ethnic minority groups. According to the report, the shift was fueled by influx of Latinos and the return […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | December 21st, 2009 8:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Recipe for Success: Leverage Private Money and Good Data to Improve School Readiness and Academic Outcomes

MCS Superintendent Cash recently told the Commercial Appeal that one of the reasons the Gates Foundation was interested In Memphis was that the district was able to link students’ test score data directly to their teachers through the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). This capacity enables the system to look not simply at school […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 2nd, 2009 10:47pm CDT | Comments Off on Pre-K Gives Glimmer of Hope in Midst of State Fiscal Crisis

The budget hearings taking place in Nashville this week make it all too clear that times are tough in Tennessee, and the decisions that state government is being forced to make will be both difficult and painful. Our hope is that these decisions are not disastrous. So far, pre-kindergarten, one of the best reasons to […]

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