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Editorial: Welfare re-reform / Encourage work, but preserve flexibility


July 7, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the Work, Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (WORK) Act of 2002, which addresses most of the criticisms of the House Bill. The Senate version provides $30 million for at-home infant care.

Editorial: Reforming welfare


July 4, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

At the current, inadequate funding level, federal child-care assistance covers only one in seven eligible children of low-income working parents. It makes no sense to increase the need for such assistance by insisting that more welfare recipients enter the work force without providing the additional dollars necessary to make it feasible.

Senate Panel Approves Welfare Bill


June 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Amy Goldstein

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation yesterday to revise the nation’s welfare system. The measure would restore two forms of help to legal immigrants and provide more money for child care — although not as much as many Democrats want.

More schools try to give 4-year-olds extra edge


June 16, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Charles Lussier

Louisiana is six months into a major expansion of its previously limited commitment to preschool. Educational research from states offering similar programs suggests that students who enroll in pre-kindergarten, especially children who live in poor families, have an advantage over others who wait until kindergarten or later.