Why Do We Spend More on Addressing the Effects of Childhood Neglect Than Preventing It?

New evidence from Abt Associates highlights two particularly promising approaches to building parental capacity to provide a strong family foundation before neglect occurs: parenting education and career pathway education models.

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What We Know About Getting School Partnerships Right

Schools and districts have long partnered with external organizations to deliver an extraordinary range of enriching programming to their students during and after the traditional school day. A growing body of evidence suggests that these programs ...

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The Role of Public Charter Schools in Career Preparation

Far too few students have access to high-quality, career-focused high school education that can put them on a path to postsecondary credentials connected to high-demand, high-wage jobs. Charter schools could change that.

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Are There Global Approaches to Addressing Child Trauma?

Children face challenges as they grow and develop - and some can have lasting effects that can impede socialization, achievement, and physical health.

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If You Build It, They Will Come: New Evidence on Latino Families’ Use of Early Care and Education

High quality pre-kindergarten programs can provide sizable benefits for young children and families. For Hispanic families, early education can have strong effects on children's school readiness, according to new research.

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What We've Learned So Far About Expanding Pre-K

Abt Associates' ongoing evaluation of Massachusetts' federal Preschool Expansion Grant offers timely insights about how to implement high-quality preschool through public-private collaborations.

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Do Vouchers Lead to Greater Learning? Depends Where (and When) You Look

At the center of the current education policy debate is the use of school vouchers to directly pay for children to attend whichever school they want. But what is the evidence on their effectiveness?

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Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing?

Betsy DeVos' nomination for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education has reenergized some time-tested education policy debates, including the Common Core State Standards. One of the most persistent questions is about revisions to the standard.

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Inclusion Matters for All Students

More than half of students who are classified as having an intellectual disability are educated in classrooms segregated from their non-disabled peers. It doesn't have to be this way.

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When it Comes to Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Asking the Wrong Questions and Getting the Wrong Answers?

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, "Does publicly funded preschool work?" Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool "works" is harder than it sounds.

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