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Stress of Childhood Poverty May Have Long Effect on Brain

Children raised in poverty or in orphanages experience chronic stress early in life that can have long-lasting effects on the brain, setting them up …

‘Crucial first eight years’: Study finds most poor children lag on cognitive skills by age 8

Low-income families depend on programs such as WIC, a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, to raise their children. Rogelio V. Solis / AP file<p>Only 19 percent of low-income third graders have "age-appropriate cognitive skills," according to a policy report released …

Poverty Produces Smaller Brains

The rich really are different, at least when it comes to their brains. In two separate studies, researchers found that experiencing poverty in early …

Seeking ways to boost the futures of children who live in poverty

With nearly half of California’s children age 8 and under living in low-income households, the chances for their achievement later in life are significantly diminished without policy changes, a new study says.<p>The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the advocacy organization Children Now …

Can We Disrupt Poverty by Changing How Poor Parents Talk to Their Kids?

Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.<p><i>This article is part of a weeklong</i> America 360 <i>series on Providence.</i><p>PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Small children in the most talkative homes hear, on average, 20,000 to 30,000 words in a day. That number may sound …

Wisconsin researcher studies the cycle of poverty: BTN LiveBIG

In her nearly two decades of work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Social Work, Kristen Slack has dedicated her energy to …