9781586489472

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9781586489472

  • ISBN10:

    158648947X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/1/2011
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Authorp. ix
Introduction: From Crib to Collegep. 1
The Littlest Schoolhousep. 21
Teaching Parents to Teach Their Kids
A Garden of Earthly Delightsp. 59
Delivering Brainy Education to Tots
All Together Nowp. 105
Creating Academies of Learning and Life
The Kindness of Strangersp. 141
Offering Kids a Helping Hand
The Universal Piggy Bankp. 173
Giving Every Child a Nest Egg
The Smart Politics of the Heartp. 193
Appendix: A Kids-First Budgetp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 257
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