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Carla Thompson is vice president – program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., in which role she leads the Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Thompson was deputy director of the Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was responsible for developing national early childhood education policy.

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Infants and Toddlers Cannot Be Forgotten When Expanding Pre-K

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Infant-toddler care continues to be among the most expensive types of child care for all families regardless of income. In the past few months, I've been talking with colleagues across the country trying to identify innovative practices and strategies focused on providing high quality care for infants and...

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Empowering Families to Set All Children on the Path to Success

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:31 PM

In ensuring a young child will be ready from day one for success in school and in life, the value of parents and families cannot be understated.

But a recent New York Times opinion piece from Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris, the authors of "

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A New War On Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty," and during the 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made it clear that the "War on Poverty" is far from over. Highlighting the struggles millions of Americans face daily, the president...

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The Early Learning Challenge Fund: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:03 AM

It is no coincidence that one of the final moves made by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services this year was to announce the award winners of the latest Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. This $280 million federal investment in early childhood education...

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What It Takes to Help Children and Families Realize Their Full Potential

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 12:23 PM

A series of conversations on our nation's most pressing education challenges took place last month during NBC News' Education Nation Summit. Focusing on "what it takes" to turn our schools and communities around, teachers, parents, students, philanthropists, business leaders and education leaders gathered in New York City to share their...

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Connecting the Dots to Lift Families Out of Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:43 PM

The most recent U.S. Census data on poverty shows that we are still deeply engaged in the "War on Poverty." Moreover, because the economic turnaround has been slower than predicted for almost everyone, we find in the data that the lack of recovery is increasingly having a

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No Family Left Behind

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Researchers working to understand the factors that contribute to or detract from student success are drawing a common conclusion: families matter, and so does the financial stability of those families.

Yet despite this well-known fact, much of the most passionate public debate on improving education...

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Pathways Out of Poverty Require Two-Generation Solutions

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Here are some distressing facts: More than 32 million children live in low-income homes, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Worse, children who spend half of their childhoods in "persistently poor" households are far more likely to endure poverty as adults, according to a study by the...

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Fostering Creativity and Lifelong Learning in Young Minds

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Sugata Mitra delivered everything you could want in a grand prize-winning TEDTalk -- it was timely, inspiring, provocative and highly entertaining. His central thesis that our...

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Making the Smartest Investment for Our Nation Through Its Most Vulnerable Children

(10) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Even in these tight fiscal times, if our nation could invest in young children right now in a way that was certain to yield future benefits many times over -- not just for them but for every American -- wouldn't we call that a smart investment?

That's exactly what President...

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