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Children Who Tell Stories May Become Strong Readers

A new study suggests that oral narrative skills are a strong predictor of early literacy in African-American children.

Four Ways Parents Can Use Language to Make Kids Smarter

New research proves that words are good for babies' brains. 

The States That Are Failing Their Children

The states adding the largest number of young people tend to produce the worst outcomes for kids.

Where Parents Train While Their Kids Learn

Two-generation Head Start programs are preparing little ones for school and ushering their parents into better employment.

How a Three Year-old Inspired Her Mother to Earn A Bachelor's

While trying to find a good school program for her kids, one woman put herself on a path to a college degree.

What Happens if CHIP Disappears?

When Congress only passed a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program in April, these folks started planning for 2017.

Why Bilingual Kids Have an Edge Over the Rest of Us

One in 10 students is classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). Encouraging them to "live in two languages" helps everyone.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.