Investing in the next generation: A bottom-up approach to creating better outcomes for children and youth

In Investing in the Next Generation, Bruce Katz and Ross Tilchin, both of The Brookings Institution, discuss the role of "new localism" in providing the "cradle to career" interventions necessary to ensure successful outcomes for America's children and youth. Katz and Tilchin first walk us through the evidence supporting increased access to supplemental programs and services to low- and middle-income families as a tool for improving community mobility and reducing the achievement gap, and then turn to the grim reality of the dwindling federal and state budget allocations for such supplemental programs for children and youth. To rectify the disparity between increased need for child and youth programming with the drop-off in federal and state funding, Katz and Tilchin suggest turning to local-level solutions, and provide guidance for communities looking to take this step.

This article by Bruce Katz and Ross Tilchin was produced by the Brookings Institution with significant contribution from Elizabeth Gaines of the Forum for Youth Investment. It promotes the strategies of the Forum's Children's Funding Project.

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Publishing Date: 
August 15, 2017
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