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The Future of Children: Preventing Child Maltreatment

September 1, 2009

Compiles articles on preventing child abuse and neglect, including epidemiological perspectives; the roles of community responsibility, parent training, home-visiting programs, drug treatment, and the child protection system; and sexual abuse prevention.

Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents

January 14, 2009

This report describes the impacts of a performance-based scholarship program with a counseling component on academic success and persistence among low-income parents. Students who participated in the program, which was operated at two New Orleans-area colleges as part of MDRC's multisite Opening Doors demonstration, were more likely to stay in school, get higher grades, and earn more credits.

A Good Start: Two-Year Effects of a Freshmen Learning Community Program at Kingsborough Community College

March 11, 2008

Freshmen in a "learning community" at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY, moved more quickly through developmental English requirements, took and passed more courses, and earned more credits in their first semester than students in a control group. Two years later, they were also somewhat more likely to be enrolled in college.

Fighting Obesity in the Public Schools

April 1, 2006

Provides suggestions for addressing childhood obesity through changes in school-based policies and programs. Offers strategies for improving the nutritional content of foods served in schools and increasing physical activity among students.