Kids First Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

ISBN-10: 158648947X

ISBN-13: 9781586489472

Edition: 2011

Authors: David L. Kirp

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It may "take a village to raise a child," but most American families are struggling, with diminishing social support, to do the job on their own. While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. More and more children may well not make it to a healthy, productive adulthood. That's terrible for them--and for us as well. It doesn't have to be this way. In this book, renowned expert David L. Kirp clarifies the importance of investing wisely in children. He outlines a visionary "Kids First" policy agenda that's guided by a "golden rule" principle: Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love. And he offers lively and inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all children's lives: strong support for parents; high-quality early education; linking schools and communities to improve what both offer children; giving all youngsters access to a caring and stable adult mentor; and providing kids a nest egg to help pay for college or kick-start a career.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

David L. Kirp is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of fourteen books, most recently Almost Home: America's Love-Hate Relationship with Community.

A Note from the Author
Introduction: From Crib to College
The Littlest Schoolhouse
Teaching Parents to Teach Their Kids
A Garden of Earthly Delights
Delivering Brainy Education to Tots
All Together Now
Creating Academies of Learning and Life
The Kindness of Strangers
Offering Kids a Helping Hand
The Universal Piggy Bank
Giving Every Child a Nest Egg
The Smart Politics of the Heart
Appendix: A Kids-First Budget
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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