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4.5 Million Homes Are Led by Single Parents Like Jesus Benitez

At a time when fewer than half of children live in a two-parent home, a small program in New York City is making a huge difference for single fathers and their children.

R.I.P. Traditional American Family

We're more open today to mixing and matching to create unique versions of family.

Clinton Pre-K Proposal Targets Gap Created by Parents' Education

Children are much more likely to attend a pre-K program if their parents are well-educated. 

30-Million 'Word Gap' Divides Rich and Poor Kids

Organizations and advocates focus on the verbal interactions between preschool children and their caretakers as the first of several compounding differences between kids who do...

Helping Parents Help Their Kids

A parent educator explains how home-visiting programs like hers teach skills that can help disadvantaged children develop and thrive.

The Early-Childhood Intervention That Can Make Even Congress Stop Fighting

Political support for evidence-based home visiting programs is so broad-based that Congress approved a funding extension earlier this spring. 

How Georgia Got Republicans and Democrats to Embrace Universal Pre-K

Even die-hard conservatives in the state support its public pre-K program. That's because it's open to everyone, not just the poorest families.

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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.