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Research Shaping Our Approach

We are constantly thinking about how we can help our families the most. We read everything we can find, talk to thought-leaders, do research ourselves and LISTEN to our families and their needs.

Here is a sampling of some of the research that continues to shape our approach.


The Deepest Well
Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris. January 2018. This book delves deeply into Adverse Childhood Event Scores (ACE Scores) and shows their long-term cascading harmful effects on children. This research helps us think about the importance of a two-generation approach as well as teaching our families about the importance of topics like sleep. It also underscores the importance of helping our families find productive ways (e.g., yoga, meditation, knitting) to handle the stress that poverty brings. We both strive to decrease these adverse events (e.g., hunger, domestic violence) and help our parents handle the events when they happen. If at least one parent can provide a “buffer” to the child, the deleterious effect on the child is significantly diminished. Check Out the Book.

Poverty Interrupted
Applying Behavorial Science to the Idea of Chronic Scarcity by Anthony Barrows, Allison Daminger, Jonathan Hayes, Josh Wright. May 2015. Ideas 42. This paper takes a sweeping look at poverty and its causes in America. The authors state: “We contend that the burden of change rests primarily with the individuals and organizations who have the power to design programs and systems in ways that take universal human tendencies into account”. We agree and have designed our programs strongly adhering to these human tendencies.
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Serving Immigrant Families Through Two-Generation Programs
Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches by Maki Park, Margie McHugh, and Caitlin Katsiaficas. November 2016. This paper underscores the importance of taking a two-generation approach as well as identifies many of the barriers immigrants face (e.g., language, role models).
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National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy
This brief paper summarizes several presentations regarding the harmful effects of toxic stress in childhood on a baby’s brain and a person’s lifelong health.
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Citizen’s Committee on Children
A fantastic resource that provides a treasure trove of data and statistics community by community for all five boroughs of New York City. Follow this link to see their recent report on Northern Manhattan titled “Celebrating Strengths, Addressing Needs: Community Driven Solutions To Improve Well-Being In Northern Manhattan”.
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