The Natinal Cente f Chilen in Pvety (NCCP) is the natin’s leain publicplicy cente eicate t pmtin the ecnmic secuity, health, an well-beinf Ameica’s lw-incme families an chilen. Fune in 1989 as a ivisin f the Mailman Schl f Public Health at Clumbia Univesity, NCCP is a nnpatisan,public inteest eseach anizatin.
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Hedy N. Chang with Mariajosé Romero, PhD
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, is a researcher, writer and acilitator dedi-cated to promoting two- generational approaches to endingpoverty that help amilies achieve greater economic security andensure their children succeed in school. She consults with theAnnie E. Casey Foundation, along with a variety o other non-prots, oundations and government agencies.Mariajosé Romero, PhD, is senior research associate at NCCP,where her research ocuses on the educational consequences ochild poverty and issues o respect or diversity and social inclu-sion in early education.
This report was unded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Wethank them or their support but acknowledge that the ndings andconclusions presented in this report are those o the authors alone,and do not necessarily refect the opinions o the Foundation.We would also like to recognize the invaluable contributions oseveral individuals at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A catalyticand inspirational orce, Ralph Smith deserves credit or helping allo us recognize that chronic early absence is a potentially criticaland overlooked issue deserving greater examination. Cindy Guyis deeply appreciated or her ongoing guidance and support,especially with conceptualizing and carrying out the local re-search, which also beneted rom the superb data skills o EdwinQuiambao. This work was greatly enhanced by the hard worko AECF consultant, Jeanne Jehl who helped to rene early dratsand solicit eedback rom colleagues.Charlie Bruner and his sta at the Child and Family PolicyProject have been outstanding partners and colleagues oeringsignicant contributions to the report content, data analysis andliterature review while also serving as a scal home or projectoperations.The analysis o local data was made possible through the hardwork and thoughtul participation o several research partnersincluding the Urban Institute, the National Neighborhood Indica-tors Partnership, the National Center or School Engagement,and Metis Associates.In February 2008, a consultative session was held to discuss adrat o this brie and the implications o our ndings or research,policy and practice. We deeply appreciate the rich insightsoered by the participants: Erika Beltran, Marty Blank, CindyBrown, Charlie Bruner, Frank Farrow, Ayeola Fortune, LindaGrobman, Janice Gruendal, Janis Hagey, Lisa Kane, MaryclaireKnight, Linda Manning, Ruth Mayden, Vicky Marchand, RuthMayden, Quentina Miller-Fields, Andy Plasky, Valerie Salley,Nina Sazer O’Donnell, Ken Seeley, Fasaha Traylor, and JuniousWilliams. In addition, we would like to especially recognizethe work o colleagues at Johns Hopkins, Robert Balanz, JoyceEpstein and Steve Sheldon, whose research has substantiallyinormed our work. Although we cannot list all o their names,we would like to express our sincere thanks to the many otherresearchers, practitioners, unders and advocates, who have inthe course o this eort, shared a wealth o inormation aboutrelevant research, promising practices and related educationalpolicies.The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organiza-tion dedicated to helping build better utures or disadvantagedchildren in the United States. It was established in 1948 by JimCasey, one o the ounders o UPS, and his siblings, who namedthe Foundation in honor o their mother. The primary mission othe Foundation is to oster public policies, human-service reorms,and community supports that more eectively meet the needs otoday’s vulnerable children and amilies. In pursuit o this goal,the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neigh-borhoods ashion more innovative, cost-eective responses tothese needs. For more inormation, visit the Foundation’s websiteat www.aec.org.
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