How Does Halloween Build Community?

There is nothing quite like Halloween for young children. There are of course the costumes and the candy, the jack-o-lanterns and trick and treating. But it’s one of the celebrations that shape attitudes – either positive or negative – toward family, neighbors, and environment which are crucial in the cognitive and social development of our youngest children.

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Kindergarten Readiness Differences Appear Early

From the very first week of school, kindergarten teachers noticed differing levels of preparedness among their students. Now, nearly three months into the school year, the contrast is stark.

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Join Us for TTRP Day!

Join us for TTRP Day on Friday, September 20th from 10AM to noon at locations around Memphis! We'll have shirts, coloring books, and more information for parents about the power of TTRP.

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High Quality Childcare is Out of Reach for Many

Across the country, working families have one thing in common: a need to find safe, affordable, quality care for their children. In 35 states, the cost of childcare now exceeds public college tuition, pricing it beyond the reach of even many middle class families.

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Early Childhood Development is Good Policy

For many people these days, the word "policy" invokes thoughts of red and blue, left and right, elephants and donkeys. But for those in the research and policy group at the Urban Child Institute, the word is less dichotomous.

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In "Data Book 2013: The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County," The Urban Child Institute explores social and economic conditions affecting optimal brain development for babies ages zero to three, and subsequently outlines critical areas that need improvement. Research findings show that the environment and community in which a child is born and raised contributes greatly to her future well being, while the health and well-being of its children determines a community's future.

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