Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty?

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American children are in crisis. Inner cities are filled with violence and massive drug problems; families are dysfunctional; illiteracy is rising; society's efforts to combat educational failure, poverty, crime, and disease have created an enormous economic debt for the future. In this compassionate and controversial book Irving Harris argues that the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, hopelessness, and violence is very early intervention: we must provide adequate caregiving to children from birth to age ...
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Overview

American children are in crisis. Inner cities are filled with violence and massive drug problems; families are dysfunctional; illiteracy is rising; society's efforts to combat educational failure, poverty, crime, and disease have created an enormous economic debt for the future. In this compassionate and controversial book Irving Harris argues that the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, hopelessness, and violence is very early intervention: we must provide adequate caregiving to children from birth to age three and-to stop the cycle even sooner-we must discourage pregnancy among adolescents.

Harris, a successful businessman, has devoted himself to children's causes for the past forty years and has initiated and funded numerous programs geared to children and families. He presents data from research in pediatrics, social work, nursing psychology, and education showing that children who receive early nurturing and stimulation are far more likely to have success in school and in life. He urges that the government build more day-care centers and train more caregivers and public-health nurses for babies and small children; that schools offer instruction and counseling in prenatal care; and that there be easier access to contraceptives and abortions in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies.

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What People Are Saying

Thomas Berry Brazelton, M.D.
I hope everyone interested in the future of our nation will read this book.
William Julius Wilson
Harris' thought—provoking book is required reading for anyone concerned about the lack of informed national policy to protect youngsters at risk.
—(William Julius Wilson, University of Chicago)
M. Jaycelyn Elders, M.D.
It is wonderful to read a book viewed through the eyes of a business leader whose vision extends much farther than the eye can see. This book should be a must—read for all people concerned about children and all political leaders concerned about the future of this country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300199802
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: An Odyssey of Learning 1
1 Raised in Jeopardy 17
2 Successful Intervention and Its Limits 37
3 Primary Prevention and the Right to Life 76
4 The Cost of Failure 105
5 The Abortion Question 120
6 The Cycle of Poverty and Violence: A Reassessment 146
7 Trends in Education: Poverty, Violence, and Punishment 166
8 Breaking the Cycle: A New War on Poverty, 1996 194
Appendix A: Agencies Working for Families and Children 207
Appendix B: The Ounce of Prevention Center for Successful Child Development Health Services: A Model 210
Notes 212
References 215
Index 223
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