Child care/children/early childhood development

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    “It’s time to bring back the big tables.”

    That’s the final line of a recent essay by David Brooks about the breakdown of American families. The line refers back to the nostalgic scenario that Brooks describes at the beginning of the essay: The scene is one many of us have somewhere in our family history: Dozens…
    Jon Guze, February 13, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Needed: personal community and role models

    David French, who joined Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes to create the recently launched Dispatch is ” convinced that the more we politicize the crisis [in community] rather than personalize it and spiritualize it, the more we’ll miss the mark.” “A functioning community doesn’t just provide love and resources,” French…
    Joseph Coletti, January 14, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson report for Carolina Journal Online about the potential impact of the Silent Sam agreement on other Confederate monument disputes. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on kids’ near-constant exposure to media.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Why California’s paid family leave program didn’t work

    Suzanne Venker writes for the Washington Examiner about a new study of California’s taxpayer-funded family leave program. A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that California’s 2004 paid leave law, which provides an extra six weeks of paid leave at 55% of one’s…
    Mitch Kokai, November 13, 2019
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    Questioning the consequences of taxpayer-supported maternity leave

    Georgi Boorman writes for the Federalist about new research that questions the benefits of taxpayer-funded maternity leave. The results of a study released this week on the long-term effects of California’s Paid Family Leave Act indicate the leftist policy may leave mothers in a less favorable position than…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2019
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    A scary Sesame Street

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online questions a recent addition to a beloved children’s television program. Sesame Street is rightly beloved, but I’m not sure moving into the area of opioid addiction is a good idea. A new green Muppet, Karli, is a foster child whose mother is…
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that UNC System Interim President William Roper will retire in June. He announced his plans one day after the UNC board chairman resigned. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal highlights one negative impact of smartphones.
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2019