Child care/children/early childhood development

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    Poor families hurt as regulations make child care harder to find and afford

    Deregulation offers a better, lower-cost way to expand access to out-of-home childcare than larger federal government subsidies, Ryan Bourne explains at Governing online. Easing regulations would address the underlying question: “Why is child care so expensive?” Staff-child ratio rules and worker-qualification requirements, in particular, increase prices and reduce availability,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 20, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg.com in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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    Food program in search of takers

    From the headline to the details, everything about a recent North Carolina Health News story illustrates what is wrong with the way too many government programs try to help. The program in this case is the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which is intended to provide…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that government subsidies muddy the debate over farmers’ plight in a trade war. John Hood’s Daily Journal weighs the importance of a new Tennessee study questioning the value of taxpayer-funded pre-K services.
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    New university-based research suggests Tennessee’s taxpayer-funded pre-K program produces no measurable benefits for participating students. Terry Stoops assesses the significance of the research for North Carolina during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Dan Way highlights policymakers’ concerns about GenX and related chemicals in N.C. solar…
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Tennessee study that questions the academic benefits of prekindergarten. John Hood’s Daily Journal calls for a concerted fight against federal budget deficits.
    Mitch Kokai, July 18, 2018
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    Study: State-funded preschool has “adverse effects on academic achievement”

    From “Effects of the Tennessee Prekindergarten Program on children’s achievement and behavior through third grade,” an article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, At the end of pre-k, pre-k participants in the consented subsample performed better than control children on a battery of achievement tests, with non-native English speakers…
    Terry Stoops, July 16, 2018
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    Low-income students see little reason to graduate high school, so they don’t

    You may have heard of the Scared Straight program that sought to use prison visits to keep teens on the right side of the law. It did not. The effort is one of the few programs in the Results First database that had negative social returns on each…
    Joseph Coletti, July 10, 2018