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Childhood Poverty, Effective Pre-K, Jobs for Women, and Much More

Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences - An Urban Institute study finds that 49 percent of American babies born into poverty will be poor at least half of their childhood and are more likely to drop out of high school, have teen births out of wedlock, be poor between the ages of 25 and 30 and have more difficulty with employment, as compared to those not born into poverty.

Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies that Bolster Student Success - This Pre-K Now report identifies policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-kindergarten and highlights examples from states that are leading the way.  By involving parents, grandparents and other caregivers, pre-k programs can build essential relationships that enhance children’s learning at home and at school as well as promote supportive, effective parenting and build a lifelong partnership between families and the education system.

Opening Doors: How to Make the Workforce Investment Act Work for Women - Because the federal Workforce Investment Act emphasizes quick job placement over building skills or attaining education, the system is not set up to recognize and prevent unequal results of women or other participants, according to this Center for American Progress report.  The report outlines way WIA can be improved to take a proactive approach to gender equity, promote career development, improve financial assistance mechanisms, and use better performance measures.

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2009-2010 - Two-thirds of U.S. public libraries report that they are the only free public Internet connection point in their communities according to this American Library Association report.  Close to one-quarter of all libraries improved Internet connec­tion speeds last year, often aided by E-Rate discounts.  Eighty-eight percent of libraries provide free access to job databases and other job opportunity resources.  Another vital service area is ensuring access to government information and services — from tax forms to un­employment benefits to Medicare information.

Childless Adults Who Become Eligible for Medicaid in 2014 Should Receive Standard Benefits Package - While the new federal health reform law allows states to provide newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries either with the regular Medicaid benefits package or with a less comprehensive package, this Center on Budget Policy Priorities report highlight how the health needs of uninsured childess adults should encourage states to provide a comprehensive package of benefits.