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  1. Early Childhood
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    When ‘Universal’ Child Care Isn’t Universally High-Quality

    Quebec made up for shortages in its day-care system by letting private centers step in—and different families are getting very different experiences.

  2. Early Childhood
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    The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy

    When did America decide preschool should be in a classroom?

  3. Early Childhood
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    The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

    Will the growing demand for multilingual early-childhood programs push out the students these programs were designed to serve?

  4. Criminal Justice
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    Did the Las Vegas Shooting Involve an Automatic Weapon?

    Authorities are investigating how Stephen Paddock produced the high rate of fire that marked his attack.

  5. Early Childhood

    A New Understanding of the Childhood Brain

    Uncovering the link between early trauma and lifelong illness.

  6. Early Childhood

    The Decade of the Brain

    How former president George H. W. Bush's program launched a new understanding of childhood development.

  7. Early Childhood

    'Mister Rogers' vs. Richard Nixon in the Fight for Young Minds

    How early childhood became political

  8. Early Childhood
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    Where Are All the Preschoolers?

    Communities may have the funding to expand services, but they don’t have the data needed to target the right children.

  9. Early Childhood
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    When Preschool Happens at Home

    A program in Boston helps new parents find solace.

  10. Early Childhood

    How Big People Shape Little Kids in Big Little Lies

    The HBO miniseries is an honest reflection of parents’ psychological impact on their children.

  11. Early Childhood
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    How Poverty Changes the Brain

    The early results out of a Boston nonprofit are positive.

  12. Higher Education

    The Visa Uncertainty Holding Back Star Scientists

    An Indian Ph.D. graduate is working on potentially lifesaving heart research. Will she be able to stay in the U.S. to complete it?

  13. Higher Education
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    Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?

    If girls were allowed to accelerate through school, then perhaps their peak career- and family-building years would not overlap.

  14. Early Childhood
    Tara Garcia Mathewson

    Can Love Close the Achievement Gap?

    The Boston Basics is a series of evidence-based parenting principles designed for children under the age of 3.

  15. Higher Education
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    What Is the Future of College Marketing?

    The “typical” American college student is changing. Is Big Data equipped to keep up?

  16. Higher Education
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    How Colleges Use Big Data to Target the Students They Want

    By tracking prospective pupils’ digital footprints, schools can make calculated decisions about their admissions outreach—for a price.

  17. Higher Education
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    Colleges' Endless Pursuit of Students

    With increasingly sophisticated data, universities are constantly courting prospective attendees.

  18. Early Childhood
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    How Discrimination Nearly Stalled a Dual-Language Program in Boston

    After years of advocacy, the city’s first Haitian Creole–English school opens in the fall.

  19. Higher Education
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    The FAFSA's Midterm Grade

    Changes intended to make filing for financial aid easier were accompanied by major structural hiccups.

  20. Criminal Justice
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    A Victory for the Eighth Amendment

    A majority on the Supreme Court lets states know it is serious about barring executions of the mentally disabled.