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Child poverty drops in California, but is still the nation’s highest

Ed Source – Carolyn Jones

“California’s booming economy has led to a slight drop in the child poverty rate, but the state still has the highest rate in the country when the cost of living is taken into account, according to new data released by Kidsdata and the Public Policy Institute of California. An average of 22.8 percent — or 2 million — of California’s children lived below the poverty threshold in 2013-15, which is $30,000 a year for a family of four, according to the data released this week. The number is down from 24.4 percent in 2011-13.” (more)

Helping High-Ability Kids from Disadvantaged Backgrounds in 2018

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“If Jane Smith in Arkansas invented a method to ensure the success of rural English language learners, would John Jones in rural Wyoming ever learn about it? For almost every issue that confronts us about how to improve education, somewhere there is a success story to be told and lessons from which others can benefit. However, there are two problems in need of urgent attention. First, successful work is rarely documented, evaluated and published — anywhere! That’s why Jones’ students in Wyoming would have little chance of benefiting from Smith’s solution in Arkansas. Second, we lack a means of assembling the information that does exist in a coherent and accessible fashion.”(more)

Low-income children missing out on language learning both at home and at school

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Children from poor neighborhoods are less likely to have complex language building opportunities both in home and at school, putting them at a disadvantage in their kindergarten year, finds a new study led by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, suggest that language learning should involve both families and teachers in order to overcome these early disadvantages and ensure learning opportunities for vulnerable students.”(more)

A Growth Mindset Could Buffer Kids From Negative Academic Effects of Poverty

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, along with other education researchers interested in growth mindset, have done numerous studies showing that when students believe their intelligence can grow and change with effort, they perform better on academic tests. These findings have sparked interest and debate about how to encourage a growth mindset in students both at home and at school. Now, a national study of tenth-graders in Chile found student mindsets are correlated to achievement on language and math tests. And students from low-income families were less likely to hold a growth mindset than their more affluent peers. However, if a low-income student did have a growth mindset, it worked as a buffer against the negative effects of poverty on achievement.”(more)

Early Education is a Disaster in U.S., Study Finds

The U.S. News and World Report – Lauren Camera

“Early childhood education in the U.S. is a disaster, and policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia do little to address the low wages and economic insecurity among teachers and the lack of affordable, high-quality services for children. Those are the findings at the heart of a new report released Thursday by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley – the first comprehensive state-by-state analysis of early education employment conditions and policies.”(more)

US Children Struggling with Health, Education, Report Says

Education News – Raymond Scott

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report that details the overall state of children’s lives in US states.
“Kids Count: State Trends in Child Well-Being,” begins by acknowledging that the past few years have brought some positive news for families and children: economic growth, 13 million new jobs, increased rates of health insurance, rising graduation rates, and fewer teens abusing alcohol and drugs. In part, these improvements are the result of federal, state, and local policies that are helping generations of young people.
However, if these statistics are broken down, observers see a far less rosy picture. The overall unemployment rate is far above the national average for African Americans and Latinos, for workers without a college degree and for young adults. The child poverty rate remains high; college prices are rising; far too many families are struggling to provide a better life for their children. The next president, the report suggests, will have rare opportunities to forge bipartisan solutions that address poverty and increase opportunity for today’s parents and young people.”(more)