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Celebrate Summer Learning Day on June 20: Create a Plan to Strengthen Summer Opportunities for All

Recent studies show that summer learning can lead to gains in school lasting up to two years.

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On Father’s Day, A Chance to Think About the Importance of Good Dads

Research shows that a dependable fatherly presence can promote children’s social and emotional well-being, academic achievement, and many other positive outcomes.

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Summer Learning Matters: A New Mexico Child Care Program Takes Children to New Places

The Child Care and Development Fund program helps fund afterschool and summer learning for over 650,000 children each month.

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Exploring Provider Experiences Serving LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth

Research identifies a range of approaches in serving these populations.

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Etan Thomas: Providing Kids Positive Messages

NBA veteran, published poet, noted book author and blog writer Etan Thomas has been asked to be part of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

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My Father’s Story: Taking Control of Your Health

Dr. Askew urges urge men, particularly African-American men and other men of color, to know their heart health status.

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ACF Addresses Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

ACF is using research on early adversity to inform the approaches taken in our programs.

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Thunderclapping for Father’s Day: Reaching Families to Celebrate Dad

The Office of Family Assistance needs your help as it implements a Father’s Day Thunderclap, a new social media promotion tool.

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Understanding the Dynamics of Disconnection from Employment and Assistance

Study of single mothers learned that despite differences in reasons for disconnection related to age, location and immigration status – experiences of hardship were quite common.

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Oregon’s Early Learning Council Works Closely with its Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant

Early Childhood Development staff member reflects on the great working being accomplished in Oregon.

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