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Toxic Stress

Hillary's Family Values: It Takes a Village

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Susan Ochshorn

Clinton needs to be nimble, to move among the different elements of the dialectic, her heart open, policy responsive, and ear to the ground on the seismic cultural changes of our time. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their supporters have pushed her along, and they'll continue to do so.

Why Advancing a Culture of Health Is Bigger Than You Think

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

A robust and relevant culture of health frame requires an understanding of how differently situated people experience the world and how their experiences impact their behaviors. It must begin and end with authentic resident engagement that builds upon the resiliency of disadvantaged communities.

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?

America's Advocate-in-Chief

Michael Hole | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Michael Hole

I write in search of America's Advocate-in-Chief -- the candidate of compassion, the future leader of the free world who will stand for America's children, her most precious resource, and boldly carry their stories and importance to debates, campaign websites, and town halls.

Conquering the Double Burden: Protecting Children From Obesity and Hunger

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Screening for hunger and connecting families to resources in their communities is an important first step to conquering the double burden. But since children consume more than half their daily calories at school, we have to make sure the food they eat there is healthy as well.

What It Takes to Ensure Every Child Achieves

Shruti Sehra | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Shruti Sehra

Emerging research, powerful insights from the field, and promising innovations have created a powerful moment in time to have a meaningful dialogue about how we make a real difference for students who need it most.

Understanding 'Emotional Contagion' And How To Stop It In Its Tracks

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Anything that knocks us off balance is a stressor, but the key to getting your equilibrium back lies in understanding that stress is a spectrum, not s...

The Cognitive and Toxic Ecology of Impoverished Neighborhoods

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

The riots in Baltimore revealed how deep the rifts are between prosperous and poor neighborhoods in most American cities. Is the American Dream large enough so that every one of its children has the opportunity to live in a safe, affordable home?

Jonathan Cohn

This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut -- Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couc...

Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First

Darell Hammond | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-incom...

The Fight for Black Men and Boys: What's trauma got to do with it?

Diana Aubourg Millner | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Diana Aubourg Millner

There is a large body of research on the long-term impact of childhood trauma and its potential to create social, emotional and cognitive impairment.

Going Beyond Guns: More Questions About Newtown, CT, Massacre

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

To get at the turning points in the years-long chain of events that led a young, isolated, desperate man to kill his mother, 20 six- and seven-year-old children, six adults and then himself, we need to ask more questions.

Growing Up With Toxic Stress or Addiction and Its Long-Term Impact

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

How we experience the circumstances of our lives often determines whether or not we find them traumatizing. The presence of caring adults who help children to decode the ever-unfolding situations of their worlds is a great protective buffer for the child.

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Saki Knafo

The New Hotel Homeless | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business

Melissa was always on the move, wandering in and out of people's rooms, going from pool to basketball court and back to pool, climbing up the big tree...

Saki Knafo

Children's Advocates To Bloomberg: Don't Cut Funding For Kids! | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.29.2012 | New York

A coalition of more than 150 New York organizations, ranging from the Police Athletic League to the Children's Aid Society, have signed a letter urgin...

Congress Warned 'Toxic Stress' Dooms Homeless Children To Lifelong Poverty

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

After the Apontes lost their Long Island home and moved into a motel, Yolanda and her husband began worrying about their youngest son, who had turned ...