Quote of the Day 4/29/2014

“What the people who support Head Start in Tulsa came to realize pretty quickly was what moves the kids’ success socially, emotionally, educationally over time and produces a lasting effect is when their parents are also making progress. For example, so if a mother increases her educational attainment while the kids are say 1-year-old, 2-year-old, 3-year-old, that produces not only a positive impact on the kids’ progress, but it’s one that endures through 3rd grade, let’s say. Same thing with income. If a parent’s income goes up by 2 or $3,000 when the kids are young, it has an effect on the kids’ progress and it really lasts.”

-University of Texas research scientist Christopher King, commenting on an innovative Tulsa antipoverty program called Career Advance. Career Advance works to support vulnerable mothers by providing preschool, access to job training in high-demand fields, life coaching, and financial incentives (source: http://bit.ly/1kgzr1H).



Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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