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Kindergarten Need Not Be a Pressure Cooker

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2009 |

A few years ago, Newsweek called kindergarten "the new first grade." This month, as I watch my 5-year-old settle into her classroom, it's clear the trend hasn't abated. In May, she was kneading Play-Doh in preschool. Now she has an assigned seat and "guided reading" lessons.

Lunchtime Lessons from New Orleans

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
September 3, 2009 |

President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I? So asked a pigtailed black girl plastered on buses and billboards around Washington, D.C. The White House blasted the political ad, which promoted healthy food options in public schools, as exploitative -- but the little girl's complaint should resonate with an administration that has prioritized healthy eating and food security, from both the East and West Wing of the White House.

CA EVENT: Women & Wealth

Friday, July 17, 2009 - 1:00pm
Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña opened the Women and Wealth Asset Policy Forum event, sponsored by the New America Foundation's Asset Building Program in partnership with the California Women's Legislative Caucus, the California Commission on the Status of Women, and the California Women's Agenda.

CA EVENT: What Does Armageddon Look Like?

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:30pm
Late last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called California’s looming budget crisis a fiscal armageddon waiting to strike. Now, as the state faces a $24 billion budget shortfall and major cuts are inevitable, doomsday seems to have come to California, and particularly to its poorest. The one-million-plus Californians on CalWorks, the state’s main welfare program, could lose monthly income beginning in July. Support for those who care for disabled Californians is set to be slashed.

Flexible Work Arrangements and Low-Wage Work

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:30pm

Low-wage workers are some of America's most vulnerable workers. In addition to the problem of having low wages, many have little input into the hours that they work and many have unpredictable work schedules, with the timing and amount of work hours fluctuating from week to week. A cascade of negative consequences can flow from being unable to alter work schedules or know them in advance - including unstable child care; difficulty accessing work supports and job training; transportation problems; inability to hold down a second job; loss of wages and job loss.

National Winner Named in New America's 2009 Improving the Lives of Children Essay Contest

June 15, 2009
Bedford, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. -- Daniel Robbins, a graduating senior of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY, was named first place winner of the New America Foundation's Improving the Lives of Children Essay Contest.

At the announcement ceremony today, Daniel Robbins received a $2,500 prize for college. Congressman John J. Hall, from the 19th Congressional District in New York, presented the check.

This year's winner was selected from more than 3,400 entrants, from high schools in every state in the country.

One in Five Children Sinking into Poverty | People's Weekly World

June 4, 2009

The Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is an annual evidence-based composite measure of trends over time in the quality of life for U.S. children from birth to age 18 conducted by Duke University’s Foundation for Child Development Child and Youth Well-Being Index Project. It tracks changes as compared to 1975 base year values.

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One in Five Children Sinking Into Poverty | Inter Press Service

June 3, 2009
"America is doing a really bad job relative to other countries," said Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New America Foundation, referring to the well-being of US children. According to the CWI, although the recession is predicted to end in 2010, ...

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Children

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 12:30pm

Virtually all the progress made in children's well-being since 1975 - particularly the improvements of the 1990s -- will be wiped out by the current recession, according to a report released on Wed., June 3, 2009 at the New America Foundation.

Supporting a Healthier American Workplace

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:00am

Join the New America Foundation's Workforce and Family Program, the American Psychological Association, and Workplace Flexibility 2010, for a briefing to highlight the interaction between work-life conflict and health outcomes. The event will explore the impact of work-life balance on the health of workers, their families, employers, and communities.

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