Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Children

Poverty expert Tim Smeeding has edited another book, From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage.
Research by economist Barbara Wolfe explores the association between socioeconomic status and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory that is known to be affected by stress.
Monday, December 12, 2011

Talk to explore college aid programs

La Follette School professor Douglas Harris will discuss college aid programs for low-income teenagers today, December 15,  from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.
La Follette School professor Maria Cancian looks at child support and complex families in Fast Focus, an Institute for Research on Poverty publication.
"Early Non-Marital Childbearing and the 'Culture of Despair'" is the subject of the La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, October 18, at 12:30 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Teen fatherhood limits education

Teen fatherhood lowers the odds a young man will graduate from high school but increases his odds of employment or joining the military, a new study co-authored by La Follette School economist Barbara Wolfe finds.
Public affairs professor Karen Holden advised Sesame Street on its new Sesame Street financial education initiative "For Me, for You, for Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, and Saving."

Alum Jason Witt has won national recognition for his work to reduce disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system — the overrepresentation of minorities compared to their proportion of the general population.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mauer promotes child wellness

Jennie Mauer uses her communication and analytical skills to enhance and improve child wellness in the city of Milwaukee. The 2008 grad is the state coordinator for Project Launch, a federally funded program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in partnership with the City of Milwaukee.

La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding and faculty affililates Lawrence Berger and J. Michael Collins have received a $600,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to explore the role housing plays in the long-term health and well-being of children, families and communities.
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