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July 4, 2015

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

Most of America's Poor Have Jobs, Study Finds

June 25, 2015 — Sociologists evaluated 129 existing methods for defining the 'working poor' and propose one method as a unified definition. Their estimate is that 10 percent of all working households are ... read more

School Competitive Food Policies Appears Tied to Neighborhood Socioeconomics

May 4, 2015 — Policy changes in California to make the food and beverages that compete with school meal programs more healthy for students appear to have improved childhood overweight/obesity prevalence trends, ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Researchers uncover the areas in the United States that best weathered the recessions and the housing bubble crisis of the 2000s. Among other things, the study found that neighborhoods that started ... read more

Excess Deaths of British Children: Relative Poverty or Lack of Healthcare Funding?

Apr. 21, 2015 — The UK has the fourth highest child mortality rate, third worst relative poverty and lowest funded health care in the Western world, new research concludes. The study did present some good news, as ... read more

Literacy App Improves School Readiness in at-Risk Preschoolers

Apr. 19, 2015 — Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research. "Guided use of an educational app may ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — America's welfare state is quietly evolving from needs-based to an employment-based safety net that rewards working families and fuels dreams of a better life, indicates a new study. The major ... read more

Understanding Democracy, Development Traps Using a Data-Driven Approach

Mar. 18, 2015 — Why do some countries seem to develop quickly while others remain poor? This question is at the heart of the so-called poverty or development trap problem. Using mathematics on open data sets ... read more

Depression Puts Low-Income Population at Even Greater Risk for Obesity and Poor Nutrition

Mar. 10, 2015 — In a new study, researchers report that for people receiving food assistance there are significant links between depression, poor dietary quality, and high body mass index (BMI). They suggest that ... read more

Eviction Can Result in Depression, Poorer Health and Higher Stress

Mar. 9, 2015 — Eviction from a home can have multiple negative consequences for families -- including depression, poorer health and higher levels of stress -- and the side effects can persist for years, according ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — While many blame the 'teenage brain' for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average ... read more

Stigma of Mental Illness in India Linked to Poverty

Mar. 4, 2015 — The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research. "Mental health professionals must ... read more

U.S. Public Sees Ill Health as Resulting from a Broad Range of Causes, Poll Suggests

Mar. 2, 2015 — More than six in 10 people living in the US are concerned about their future health, a new poll suggests. Additionally, nearly four in 10 said that they had one or more negative childhood experiences ... read more

Children's Hunger Born from Mothers' Trauma

Feb. 3, 2015 — The roots of children's hunger today may stretch back, in part, to the past childhood trauma of their caregivers. Evidence amassed over the past two decades has demonstrated that stress and ... read more

Early Childhood Programs Found to Significantly Lower Likelihood of Special Education Placements in Third Grade

Feb. 3, 2015 — Access to state-supported early childhood programs significantly reduces the likelihood that children will be placed in special education in the third grade, academically benefiting students and ... read more

Early English Exposure Prepares Spanish-Speaking Children for Academic Success

Jan. 23, 2015 — Family members, teachers and peers can play different roles in shaping Spanish-speaking children's school readiness and English skills that are vital to children's academic success, ... read more

Low-Income Boys Fare Worse in Wealth's Shadow

Jan. 22, 2015 — Low-income boys fare worse, not better, when they grow up alongside more affluent neighbors, according to new research. The greater the economic distance between boys and their neighbors, the worse ... read more

Four in 10 American Children Live in Low-Income Families, New Report Shows

Jan. 21, 2015 — Four out of ten American children live in low-income families, according to latest research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). This finding underscores the magnitude of the ... read more

Poorer Parents Are Just as Involved in Their Children's Activities as Better-Off Parents

Jan. 20, 2015 — Poorer parents are just as involved in education, leisure, and sports activities with their children as better-off parents, a new study has found. The researchers note that the results indicate that ... read more

Dec. 22, 2014 — Boosting the incomes of poor, elderly residents in developing countries can significantly improve their health and well-being, particularly in lung function and memory, a new study shows. The study ... read more

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