How a bit of additional cash can improve child well-being
POVERTY | A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that increasing household income by even a modest amount can improve the well-being of children from low-income families, particularly children with emotional or behavioral challenges (Atlantic, 9/27):
“…Household earnings…play a role in how parents invest in their children. Parents with more income can often afford to give their children better educational opportunities, they can pay for extracurricular activities, they can move to better neighborhoods, and they can spend more quality time with their kids. For example, additional income sometimes means that a parent can reduce work hours in order to care for children. Hourly workers can take on fewer shifts, or be more selective about employment, choosing schedules that coincide with school hours, so that they can spend time with children after school. These investments are especially important for children who were already struggling with emotional or behavioral problems.
FOOD | The University of the District of Columbia is building a large urban farm in Ward 7, which will be designed to serve and engage the surrounding community. (City Paper, 9/29)
– Elevation DC has a great overview of the status of affordable housing (or lack thereof) in D.C. – what “affordable” housing means, who needs it, what it should look like, and how we can create more of it. (Elevation, 9/29)
EDUCATION | Why wealthy Loudoun County does not have universal full-day kindergarten (WaPo, 9/29)
HOMELESSNESS | D.C. Takes Steps To Improve Housing For Homeless During Winter (WAMU, 9/28)
ARTS | Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (WAMU, 9/28)
Question: Would going to work be more bearable if your cubicle looked like a treehouse? Answer: Absolutely!