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Poor Parents' Education Is Key In Their Children's Escape From Poverty

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Washington, D.C. — Earning a high school diploma today can help break the cycle of poverty tomorrow, according to an Urban Institute HYPERLINK "http://www.urban.org/publications/412659.html" \t "_blank" study. White children born to poor high school dropouts are 12 percentage points more likely to be persistently poor (that is, poor for at least half their lives from birth through age 17) than white children whose poor parents earned a diploma. The comparable number for black children is 21 percentage points. The difference between white children whose parents did not finish 12th grade and whose parents have education beyond high school is 30 percentage points. For black children, the figure is 45 percentage points. "Children, and in particular minority children, born to poor undereducated parents face a challenging beginning and are substantially more likely to spend most of their formative years in poverty," say researchers Caroline Ratcliffe and Signe-Mary McKernan. "Connecting at-risk children to appropriate services at birth is vital, as a child's early environment can affect brain development." Using data from the University of Michigan's Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Ratcliffe and McKernan tracked, through 2008, the life trajectory of children born between 1967 and 1989.

Children born between 1967 and 1974 had lower poverty rates (13 percent) than newborns in the 1980s and 1990s (18–19 percent). The poverty rate dipped to 15 percent for infants born between 2000 and 2008, but this downward trend stalled with the Great Recession. Child poverty rates hit a nearly 20-year high in 2010 (22 percent) and remained there in 2011.

The fallout from a parent's low educational attainment hits beyond childhood experiences and into adolescent outcomes. Children whose parents did not complete high school are 18 percentage points more likely to enter their 20s without completing high school than children whose parents have some education beyond high school (even after controlling for childhood poverty and other factors). These children are also 10 percentage points more likely to drop out of high school than children whose parents earn a high school degree (but did not have additional education). " HYPERLINK "http://www.urban.org/publications/412659.html" \t "_blank" Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence" also finds that children poor early in life (age 0-2), for longer periods, and in a family where adults do not work are less likely to complete high school.

Among other findings Between 1967 and 2008, one of every 10 white newborns was poor, compared with four of 10 black newborns. Of those poor at birth, 30 percent of the white children and 46 percent of the black children live in deep poverty (family income below 50 percent of the federal poverty level). Children poor for half their childhoods are nearly 90 percent more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school (controlling for other factors). Persistently poor girls are also four times more likely to give birth outside of marriage during their teenage years. Dropping out of high school and teen childbearing, in turn, perpetuate the cycle of poverty because they are obstacles to economic success.

Children who move because of an eviction, foreclosure, or divorce are less likely to complete high school by age 20 than children who do not move or move for neutral or positive reasons. In some cases, children are forced to change schools, which introduces further instability into their lives, especially if the move occurs during the school year or does not coincide with a natural school transition (such as the switch from middle school to high school).

Because the foreclosure crisis has displaced many school-age children, Ratcliffe and McKernan point out that flexible policies to allow students to remain in their original schools could give them some stability during a difficult period and lead to higher educational attainment.

 HYPERLINK "http://www.urban.org/publications/412126.html" \t "_blank" Previous research by Ratcliffe and McKernan looked at the poverty environment for children born in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The new study considers all children born between 1967 and 2008.

"Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence" was supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation through the Urban Institute's HYPERLINK "http://www.urban.org/center/lwf/index.cfm" \t "_blank" Low-Income Working Families project.

Free Healthy Food Tasting Party

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Riverside – On Saturday, September 29th at 12pm The Necessary Nutrition Academy will host a FREE Healthy Food Tasting Party, downtown Riverside at 3985 University, Ave. Although this is a free community event, space is limited and reservations are required.  Additional information can be obtained by calling 951-259-5198 or visiting www.Necessary-Nutrition.com

The Necessary Nutrition Academy Healthy Food Tasting Party is designed to showcase great healthy foods and snacks while showing attendees how to use food and nutrition to fight obesity, illness and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more.  A certified nutrition specialist will be on hand to discuss which “healthy foods” sabotage success, how to eat more and lose weight, how to combine meals properly for optimum nutritional value and the best foods to reduce illness and disease. This event mixes great food, education and fun.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy is the educational component of Necessary Nutrition which produces nutrition and wellness classes, workshops and nutritional counseling for the residents of the Inland Empire.

NAACP Riverside Branch General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers/At-Large

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RIVERSIDE — The NAACP Riverside Branch announces the following general membership meetings for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee. The NAACP-Riverside meetings are held at 6 p.m. at Bordwell Park in the Stratton Center located at 2008 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Riverside.

On October 15, 2012, there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of April 1st may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting. Also, the guest speaker will be Terri Aikens of Riverside Community Health Foundation and her topic is: Re-think your drink! Be sugar savvy!

On November 19, 2012, the election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee will take place. Polls will open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In order to vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the Branch 30 days to the election. A form of identification is required.

Grand Terrace Health Care – Resident of the Month

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GRAND TERRACE - Grand Terrace Health Care Center recently announced this month’s “Resident of the Month” award to Irma “Jeanie” Gaines.

Stated the center’s staff, “We all love Jeanie very much. She is a joy to have here as a patient. She is full of life and energy.” Voters included patients, staff and families. “We are happy that she is our September resident of the month,” they continued.

Nestled between two majestic mountain ridges in the heart of the ‘Blue Mountain City’ Grand Terrace Health Care Center offers a unique mix of quality care and serves as a premier rehabilitation center coupled with the warmth and appeal of a cozy craftsman-style inn.

Legends All The Rage This Theatre Season

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SAN BERNARDINO – A legendary war, poet, actress and big legendary hair take center stage with the new 2012-2013 theatre season at Cal State San Bernardino.

In November, “The Trojan Women: A Love Story” opens the season of four productions. The other three shows are “The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allan Poe,” “Hay Fever” and “Hairspray.” “Trojan Women” picks up its story after Troy’s great fall to Carthage. While the women mourn the loss of family, their city and civilization, a defeated Trojan hero falls again – this time for the love of a Carthaginian queen. Greek tragedy, opera and pop culture meet in this play by Charles Mees. The show contains strong language and adult content. It runs Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

“The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allan Poe” is a fun and curious traipse into the mysterious death of the poet. He died suddenly in 1849. All of the official records of his death have been lost and no known cause has ever been found. The play is suited for adults and children of all ages. The show runs Nov. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

As much as Poe’s death is mysterious, the manners of a famous actress, Judith Bliss, and her family are bad – in that funny, crazy kind of way. “Hay Fever” is Noel Coward’s antics-rich story of a family entertaining (and carrying on affairs with) their guests at its quaint country home. The play runs March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

The season wraps up with “Hairspray,” the musical that won eight Tony Awards in 2003 after it hit Broadway. But it was Baltimore where the show’s main character, Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big dreams and big hair – gets the big break. When a TV show hires Tracy, she inspires other teens, who fight for the right to dance, integrate the TV network and manage to find love while they’re at it. Producers describe the show as a “sing-out-loud” musical. It runs May 31 and June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and June 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m.

For ticket information, call the CSUSB theatre box office at (909) 537-5884 or go to theatre.csusb.edu.

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