Child care/children/early childhood development (page 7)

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    Banning best friends

    Katherine Timpf exposes at National Review Online the latest example of kooky social engineering. According to a piece in U.S. News and World Report, some schools in the United States and Europe “are attempting to ban the entire concept of children having best friends,” because it’s not inclusive…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2018
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    Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017
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    Can government restore marriage and the family?

    “Marriage is in excellent shape, but only among the well-off,” The Economist declares in a recent editorial on the state of marriage around the world. “Elite couples delay tying the knot to allow time to get established in a career, but they still tie the knot before having children.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 29, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. attorney general usually spends much of his time protecting granny against scam artists. But the new occupant of that office, Josh Stein, has generated headlines for devoting more attention to joining national campaigns that challenge Trump administration policies. Jon Guze analyzes Stein’s actions for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2017
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    How out-of-wedlock birth became typical

    Super-intern Jordan Roberts and I have spent the last month understanding TANF in North Carolina. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was the creation of welfare reform 20 years ago. It replaced the much-maligned Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with a federal block grant to complement state…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2017
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    Casey Foundation: N.C. 22nd in education and 33rd overall for children

    The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book is a publication of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The most recent edition of KIDS COUNT compares measures of childhood well-being, including indicators of economic, education, health, and family/community conditions, across states. North Carolina was 33rd overall, an improvement of one spot since…
    Terry Stoops, June 13, 2017
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    N.C. is the 21st best state for education

    According to the latest ranking by McKinsey & Company and U.S. News & World Report, North Carolina is the 21st best state for education.  North Carolina is 12th best for its institutions of higher education and has the 34th best system of pre-K – 12 schools.  Virginia (#10) is…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2017
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    Kids and iPads

    Heather Wilhelm offers parents some advice in her latest National Review Online column. Ban iPads from the dinner table. Here’s a fun and somewhat alarming test: Go to a restaurant with kids who can make eye contact, order for themselves, and say please and thank you, and witness…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2017