Improving the Odds for America's Children

Improving the Odds for America's Children Future Directions in Policy and Practice

Edited by Kathleen McCartney, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Laurie B. Forcier; foreword by Congressman George Miller; afterword by by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president, Children’s Defense Fund
cloth, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-690-6
Price: $65.00

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paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-689-0
Price: $29.95

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This landmark volume commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund, which has been an uncompromising champion of American youth for all of those years. Yet the book looks not to the past but at our current circumstances— and at the challenges we must meet now and in the future on behalf of our young people. The book examines critical issues—prenatal and infant health and development, early child care and education, school reform, the achievement gap, vulnerable children, juvenile justice, and child poverty—and highlights crucial practical and policy measures we need to consider and undertake if we are to better serve American children.


Praise

In the past forty years, the Children’s Defense Fund has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of children in America. There are dozens of laws on the books protecting children and supporting families that simply wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the Children’s Defense Fund. But the work on behalf of America’s children is not done. This important collection of ideas about how to improve the odds for America’s children should be required reading for policy makers across the country. — Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and U.S. senator

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About the Editors

Kathleen McCartney is the president of Smith College.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University.

Laurie B. Forcier is senior academic projects manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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