By age five, a child’s brain has grown to 90% of the size of an adult’s brain and developed more during those first few years than at any other time in their life. During this critical period, brains build neural connections between cells that influence how children move, communicate, emote, and think. This process, in turn, lays the foundation for healthy, capable, and successful adults. Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman confirmed the importance of this age group when his research found that every $1 invested in early childhood programs yields an average of $4 to $16 in returns. This story explores the unique challenges facing organizations and communities looking to support children in this crucial stage of development and the strategies used to provide the environment, resources, and security young children need to learn and grow.
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Top news and stories, including the 2018-2019 Retrospective and latest Research and NDSC Data Story from the Price Center for Social Innovation in September 2019.
In 2018, Los Angeles County saw its first decrease in homelessness in almost 5 years, only to see it rise again in 2019 to nearly 59,000 people, representing a 12% increase over the past year. Consistent with previous years, 75% of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County are unsheltered, meaning they are living on the streets, in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, and in other places not suitable for human habitation. Los Angeles County has one of the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness in the entire country. Despite instances of vocal community resistance to temporary shelters and PSH development in neighborhoods, many Angelenos are also stepping up to express their support for their neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Top news and stories, including the latest Research from the Price Center for Social Innovation in August 2019.
Price Center Director Gary Painter authors a new op-ed published by the Southern California News Group, describing the public and private sector innovations needed to fix the region’s housing market.