PRRAC Update  

February 27, 2014  




New opportunity for integrated Pre-K education?   Recent research shows that children in kindergarten and pre-K are the most segregated age group in America, by race, ethnicity, and income.  But there is growing evidence that all children do better in integrated early education programs.  Will the Department of Education's new $250M early education program help to bring children together?  See these newly posted comments on the program guidelines from members of the National Coalition on School Diversity.


"After Thompson" conference materials now available:  We have now posted video, powerpoints, and other resources from the recent Aspen Roundtable conference on the public health and child development benefits of helping low income families with young children move to safer neighborhoods (conference cosponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Maryland ACLU, the Inclusive Communities Project, and PRRAC).  


Improving life chances for young men of color:  The new White House initiative, "My Brother's Keeper," announced today, is an ambitious partnership with major American foundations (including several key funders of our work) to improve outcomes for young men of color.  We applaud the White House for its vision, and we hope that the initiative will especially consider the research on the impacts of early interventions for children in high poverty communities, including steps to reduce the economic and racial isolation that continue to drive inequality.    


Resources and events


Recent research on inclusionary zoning: Our updated inclusionary zoning bibliography has been posted.


PRRAC authors:  New publications from our staff include "Poverty, Literacy, and Brain Development: Toward a New, Place-Based Educational Intervention," by PRRAC Law & Policy Fellow Michael Hilton, in the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest - available here "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in REO-to-Rental Programs," by Diane Glauber of the Lawyers Committee and Phil Tegeler of PRRAC, in the new issue of Community Development Investment Review, available here; and COMING NEXT MONTH:  Chester Hartman's new edited volume, America's Growing Inequality: the Impact of Poverty & Race (with essays from dozens of contributors to Poverty & Race) - more information on our homepage


Conference:  Disrupting the Poverty Cycle - April 10, 2014 - Boston - information and registration available here


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