Kids First Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2011
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
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|