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Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

Peace of Mind for 30 Cents

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Despite the online technology glitches, Bishnu worked through the application process with the help of a dedicated application counselor. When her insurance card arrived at her home, Bishnu's happiness was palpable.

Why I Still Go to Washington

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Are we that far off from our own American oligarchy, our own American nightmare, when our children, who have few voices in Washington, continue to be ignored? And what business do businessmen have telling teachers how to teach?

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

Yes, Obamacare Critics, Health Insurance Does Make You Healthier

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Critics don't want to admit that they've run out of criticisms of Obamacare. The website is working, enrollments are surging, and millions of Americans are getting affordable, high-quality health insurance.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

Why Fix Something Not Broken?

Karen Hinton | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Young families, military families and low-income people who may not make six digits but have good credit are, for all practical purposes, blocked from owning a home by requirements for high credit scores and down-payments.

Five Things I Learned By Listening To Americans In Need

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

This past year, we've been asking low-income adults what's getting in they way as they strive to reach their goals. By simply listening, we've learned a lot about what Americans in need need to reach stability.

A New Day for NYCHA

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.07.2014 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

Today a husband, father and veteran of Operation Desert Storm is awakening to another day of a new, very personal war -- against New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Just as we ignore the role of the workplace as a player in reducing poverty, we also tend to focus on abusive workplaces for low-income workforce. To be sure, those are important stories. But we should also focus and reward those that are good.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

Study: Cutting Food Stamps Would Cost, Not Save

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Proposed slashes to monthly food stamp programs could cost more than they save, suggests a University of California, San Francisco study linking limit...

A Step in the Right Direction: The Strong Start for America's Children Act

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Lawmaking aligned with the science of early childhood last month when Senator Tom Harkin, Representative George Miller and Representative Richard Hann...

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

The Poverty of America's New Prosperity

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

The only way for our nation to regain its economic and democratic vitality in the years to come is to acknowledge the inherent poverty of America's new prosperity -- a prosperity for only the very few that is inherently anti-democratic and insidious. We can do much better.

Kids Have To Think About Work-Life Balance Too

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. 20 year-old Jonathan Anabo takes on many ...

Washington's Historic Opportunity to Help Low Income Americans

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Following an extended government shutdown and the ugly showdown over the federal debt ceiling, both parties need to find bipartisan solutions to critical problems in order to rehabilitate their credibility with the American public.

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

New Census Data Underscores Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

History has taught us that the nation does better when we have a strong middle class. We need bold changes in public policy to reverse the rising tide of income inequality.

Penalizing The Poor

Dr. Antonio Pérez | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Antonio Pérez

The bottom line is that because of the changes in eligibility and the shortfalls for Pell Grants, millions of low-income students will never even apply to college, scared away by the cost -- with good reason.

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done Had Nothing to Do With Me

Ise Lyfe | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Ise Lyfe

One morning I wake up to an email from a super renowned contemporary art museum in LA. This was a very important person type of email, you see...

Threatening to 'Reform' the Earned Income Tax Credit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The more I hang around the DC tax debate, the more I'm exposed to deeply misguided thinking that seems largely motivated by the conviction that poor people -- in this case, the working poor -- have too much money and the wealthy have too little.