Category: Familes

Implicit Bias, Liability and Cities

We all have bias. An inescapable reality of humanity, bias is the evaluation of one group and its members relative to another and can be implicit or explicit. Implicit bias refers to the way people unconsciously and sometimes unwillingly exhibit feelings, attitudes, and judgments towards other individuals and groups. By understanding the implicit biases embedded

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Why Cities Should Support Paid Parental Leave

The United States is the only industrialized nation without a formal policy that guarantees workers paid time off when they become new parents. To support healthy families and strengthen the economy, cities should consider implementing paid parental leave policies. Although the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible workers up to twelve weeks of unpaid

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Combatting A Nationwide Shortage of Affordable, Healthy Housing

Communities nationwide experience a critical shortfall of healthy, affordable housing. As people pay a greater portion of their paycheck to housing, there are more children in poverty, more people who don’t know where their next meal will come from, and more people in poor health. Data from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found

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Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Residents Save for College

The rising cost of education and the impact student loan debt has on youth and families can stunt a person’s buying power significantly over time. Financial insecurity delays the purchasing of homes and pushes more parents to take on their children’s education debt—increasing their own financial instability further. But local leaders can help residents within

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Five Things You Wish Your Community’s Early Childhood Programs Knew

Cities, towns, and villages are places of innovation and solution finding.  If you want to improve early childhood wellbeing—local leaders are key partners. The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Learning Community is a program of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village. The learning community’s goal is to support local early childhood coalitions and build

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Here’s a Quality Childcare Alternative Your Municipality Should Support

Finding safe and affordable quality childcare is a tough challenge for families with young children. While many families are familiar with center-based care, family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is another common option. Definitions of FFN care differ across states. The term generally refers to care provided at a residence by providers who do not

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How This Local Leader Makes Supporting Moms Policy

On Mother’s Day, many families will either spend precious time with their moms or celebrate the legacies their moms left behind with fond memories. Municipal leaders across the country know that having a thriving and vibrant community means supporting mothers. This commitment to families is seen in the policies and practices that cities, towns, and

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