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Recognizing the ongoing disparity in educational performance across race and income levels, ReachUp USA adopts an innovative approach impelled by the truth that positive intervention at an early stage in a child’s development delivers the highest returns.

Building upon Reach Up and Learn – a model developed more than 25 years ago at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica – ReachUp provides weekly home visits by trained community health workers to bolster parenting techniques and to support a child’s cognitive and emotional progress.

Reach Up and Learn’s outcomes are more than encouraging, with the participants displaying improved skills, greater educational attainment and higher earnings. New Jersey serves as the entry point for ReachUp in this nation, as the project emerges from Princeton University and begins its implementation in Trenton.

Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion of ReachUp is Dr. Thomas Espenshade, Senior Scholar, Lecturer and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, and Dr. Susan Walker, Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute at the University of the West Indies.

 

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

With the movement toward an increase in the minimum wage to $15 receiving elevated attention, The Century Foundation recently published the report “The Impact of $15 Minimum Wage on Hunger in America,” which explores how a proposed upward adjustment in wages would influence the persistent policy challenge of food insecurity.

As author William M. Rodgers notes, approximately 14 percent of the citizens in the nation suffer from food insecurity at present, a significantly higher portion of the population than the 11 percent who fell into this category in 2007, prior to the Great Recession.

Rodgers’ research outlines the relationship between the minimum wage and food insecurity, while presenting rigorous analysis to quantify the effects of a projected increase.

Joining New Start New Jersey for this discussion is William M. Rodgers, a Fellow at The Century Foundation and Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Based in Seattle and comprised of senior executives from the private sector in Washington state, the Washington Roundtable aims to effect positive change in public policy toward the goal of enhancing economic vitality and expanding opportunity.

In 2011, the Washington Roundtable introduced Benchmarks for a Better Washington, a tool designed to capture the state’s national performance in the areas of innovation, education, transportation and business climate.

Using independent data, Benchmarks for a Better Washington provides a set of metrics to guide Washington toward remaining a top-ten state in quality of life and innovation, while simultaneously retaining lower costs for conducting business.

New Start New Jersey recently released Touchstones for a Stronger New Jersey, a piece modeled directly after Benchmarks for a Better Washington.

Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of his organization’s work with Benchmarks for a Better Washington, as well as other projects, is Steve Mullin, President of the Washington Roundtable.

Direct download: nsnj-podcast-27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

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