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

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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.

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A visionary call for renewing, revamping, and re-energizing public support for children--and why doing so is essential to America's future

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“Smart, sharp, and clear about what we need to do to lift the kids who need help the most.” —Diane Ravitch

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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. In Kids First, policy expert David Kirp issues a visionary call for renewing, revamping, and reenergizing public support for children, and offers inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all childrens lives.

About the Author

David L. Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was founding director of the Harvard Center on Law and Education. He recently served on President Obama's transition team. His most recent books are The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics and Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586489472
Subtitle:
Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future
Author:
Kirp, David
Author:
Kirp, David L.
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Preschool & Kindergarten
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120710
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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A visionary call for renewing, revamping, and re-energizing public support for children--and why doing so is essential to America's future
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“Smart, sharp, and clear about what we need to do to lift the kids who need help the most.” —Diane Ravitch
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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. In Kids First, policy expert David Kirp issues a visionary call for renewing, revamping, and reenergizing public support for children, and offers inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all childrens lives.
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