Child Abuse Prevention

Hey friends!

I don’t often bring up my day gig here (mostly because it prevents me from spending an hour+ of daily blogging about the brain tussles I have with myself), but this is pretty dope:

Teva Sienicki, President and CEO of Growing Home, got published in our hometown rag.

Today’s the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month. At Growing Home we’re doing a wide variety of things to prevent child maltreatment among low- and no-income people in Denver’s north suburbs.

You get your short-term, emergency interventions, like 3 days of healthy food and 60 days of emergency shelter. But you also get your long-term supports. Like parent education and after-school programs that focus on social and emotional development alongside academics. Life skills classes for shelter residents. Nutrition demonstrations in the food pantry.

After years of (academic) focusing on big, abstract social forces with zombie noun names like “post-industrialization” and “financialization,” I’ve been enjoying working in an environment that, against all my dissertation-trained cynicism, actually helps people. Actually breaks the cycle of poverty. Actually closes some of the achievement gap.

Please share Teva’s op ed! We wanna get some serious page hits.

Relatedly, the NY Times published an op ed about new research showing that for the first time in decades/ever, upper income levels are outperforming middle income levels at college. Researchers believe that this change is due to new intensive (time and $$$) investments in early childhood education.

Yup. Early childhood education matters. It does, in fact, influence children’s life chances. Their ability to stay afloat in a hostile globalized economy 20-30-40 years later.

That means, among other things, you can stop blaming and punishing teachers for the effects of poverty.

Hah! Just kidding. I know you love to blame teachers. With their “tenure” and “summers off” and used Hyundais.

Da noive.

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3 thoughts on “Child Abuse Prevention

  1. Melissa says:

    Great info! This resonates with much of what I observed as a teacher working in a Title 1 school. Kids — and families — need the whole package, which is why I often found myself acting as teacher, counselor, and so forth. I just reposted on facebook so you can get those page hits.

  2. […] it’s possible that the top 10% have now outpaced the middle 80% in educational achievement because the middle 80% is no longer all that close, in wealth, to the top 10%. Also not mentioned […]

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