Rob Fischer Tells the Atlantic How a House Can Shape a Child’s Future

July 6, 2016 / No Comments

“There needs to be much more on the quality of housing and moving up toward better housing opportunities.” The Atlantic interviewed Dr. Rob Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, for “How a House Can Shape a Child’s Future” on the Center’s recent study on the ef...

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Plain Dealer Article Highlights CWRU Study on the Negative Effects of Poor Housing on Kindergarten Readiness

April 25, 2016 / No Comments

Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Poverty Center, was interviewed for “Bad housing—not just due to lead poisoning—tied to lower kindergarten test scores,” an article by The Plain Dealer featuring the Poverty Center’s recent study as a part of their series Toxic Neglect. In the...

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Pathway to Proficiency Report Published by the OERC

April 18, 2016 / No Comments

The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) recently released Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth Through 3rd Grade, a report examining the impact of early childhood risk factors on kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency. This study was conducted by Claudia Coult...

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Housing Deterioration Contributes to Elevated Lead Levels and Lower Kindergarten Readiness Scores

April 12, 2016 / No Comments

A retrospective analysis of the housing histories of more than 13,000 entering kindergartners in 2007-2010 in Cleveland shows that children living in or near properties with signs of deterioration and divestment were more likely to have elevated lead levels and low scores on a kindergarten readin...

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Even Low Levels of Lead Exposure In Children Can Cause Permanent Damage

March 8, 2016 / No Comments

At what level does lead exposure become dangerous for children?   Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Poverty Center, and Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, Research Assistant Professor at the Poverty Center, examine this question in The Conversation. In the article, “In kids, even low lead lev...

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Lead Exposure in Seventy-Eight Percent of Children in Cuyahoga Universal Pre-K

November 4, 2015 / No Comments

In an editorial to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on November 1, Poverty Center Co-Director Dr. Rob Fischer discussed the magnitude of the problems from lead exposure on young children. Fischer cited an unpublished 2015 report from the Poverty Center with Cuyahoga County Invest In Children that shows...

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Lead Poisoning Makes Education Harder

November 3, 2015 / No Comments

In the series “Toxic Neglect”, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has been running stories on the problems of lead poisoning on young children. Dr. Robert Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, was interviewed for “Lead poisoning makes education harder for kids and teachers” ...

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Using Integrated Data to Improve NE Ohio’s Pre-K Programs

October 8, 2015 / No Comments

We know that high quality pre-kindergarten programs can improve educational achievement over the long run.  In 2013, President Obama included this as a priority in his State of the Union address. And recently Cleveland and the inner ring suburb school districts have been working to improve local ...

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PRE4CLE Aims to Close Preschool Gap: Fresh Water Cleveland

July 2, 2015 / No Comments

One of the top stories in the most recent edition from Fresh Water Cleveland focuses on how “PRE4CLE aims to close preschool gap” in Cleveland. The program is important as shown by analysis done by the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development indicating only 2, 857 (or abou...

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PRE4CLE Task Force Asks Ohio Senate for $6 Million More for Preschool

June 12, 2015 / No Comments

The PRE4CLE task force in Cleveland has asked the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee to add $6 million to the budget over the next two years to turn half-day preschool into full-day programs as discussed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article “Cleveland asks state for $6 million more for pr...

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Senior Researcher Beth Anthony Talks to WCPN on Combating Lead Poisoning

June 2, 2015 / No Comments

Elizabeth Anthony, Ph.D., a senior research associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, spoke with 90.3 FM WCPN for “Going Back To School To Fight Lead Poisoning” on May 27, 2015. Dr. Anthony explained the urgency in getting young children exposed to lead poiso...

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David Crampton Discusses Benefits of Pay for Success in Plain Dealer

January 5, 2015 / No Comments

Dr. David Crampton, Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School, submitted the guest column “‘Pay for Success’ could benefit homeless families and Cuyahoga taxpayers” to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 31, 2014. D...

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Claudia Coulton Talks Child Poverty in Youngstown Vindicator

November 14, 2014 / No Comments

According to recently released Census data, Youngstown, OH has the second highest rate of children living in poverty (63.3 percent) amongst all cities in the nation with a population of at least 60,000. “Compared to other developed countries in the world, that’s a very high percent of our childre...

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro Praises PRE4CLE

November 12, 2014 / No Comments

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said “Cleveland gets it” about universal prekindergarten initiatives and applauded the collaboration behind the PRE4CLE partnership during his recent visit. “America is watching Cleveland and communities like it that are taki...

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Claudia Coulton Discusses Poverty and Health in Plain Dealer

September 30, 2014 / No Comments

With recent Census data indicating that 54 percent of children in the City of Cleveland live in poverty,  the Cleveland Plain Dealer asked Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, about the relationship between poverty and health for “More t...

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Crain’s Cleveland Discusses Pay For Success

August 27, 2014 / No Comments

Crain’s Cleveland Business discussed Cuyahoga County‘s Pay for Success program in “Cuyahoga County is seeking creative way to aid children” on August 17, 2014. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is one of the partners in developing and evaluating the pro...

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Plain Dealer: FitzGerald’s Pre-K Proposal

May 21, 2014 / No Comments

A 2013 report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on the benefits of prekindergarten education was cited by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in “FitzGerald’s universal preschool proposal: What you’re saying” on May 15, 2014. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fi...

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Poverty Center posters at Research ShowCASE 2014

April 18, 2014 / No Comments

The annual Research ShowCASE of Case Western Reserve University is happening today, Friday, April 19, 2014. Several faculty, staff, and students from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development have posters on display relating to projects and studies conducted by the Center. Center Post...

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Plain Dealer: Partnership Aims to Double Pre-K

March 15, 2014 / No Comments

Out of the the 5,400 four-year-olds in Cleveland, only About 1,200 attend a quality prekindergarten program, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer citing data provided by in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in “Cleveland partnership aims to more than double the childr...

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Living Cities: IDS to Help Children, Communities

January 12, 2014 / No Comments

On January 2, 20114, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) through the Urban Institute posted the story “Integrating Data Sources to Help Children and Communities Succeed” in the Catalyst section of Living Cities discussing the launch of the NNIP network and its part...

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