Publication Date: October 28, 2009
In this insightful and revealing book, the author shows how we can break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage and change the odds for children at risk. Describing how previous reforms have missed the mark, she offers a framework based on seven essential principles for implementing more effective programs and policies. In a highly readable style, Neuman highlights programs that are making a difference in children's lives across the country, weaving together narratives that tell a compelling story of hope and promise for our most disadvantaged children. Chapters address: The Critical Early Years for Changing the Odds, Funding What Works, Helping to Strengthen Families, Quality Early Care and Education, Community-Based Programs, After-School Programs, and The Public Will.
Susan B. Neuman is a Professor in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan, School of Education. Previously she has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"Susan Neuman offers a compelling, first-hand look at what works in education today....We would be wise to learn from her efforts and apply the seven principles she advocates in her book as we try to fix our schools."
—Gov. Jim Hunt, chair, Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
"An immensely readable book….In a warm and personally caring way, Susan Neuman relates what she considers to be the successes of various government programs, including early childhood education, nurse home visitor, and after-school services,"
—Douglas Besharov, director, American Enterprise Institute's Social and Individual Responsibility Project