Child care/children/early childhood development (page 8)

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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
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. legislation targeting conditions for foster children. John Hood’s Daily Journal touts benefits of state agency consolidation.
    Mitch Kokai, May 8, 2017
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    N.C. schools had 860 sexual assaults over the last four years

    From an investigation conducted by The Associated Press, Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no school is immune. AP journalists spent a year…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2017