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What skills and character traits can be cultivated early on that will enable children to maximize opportunities and overcome obstacles as they enter adulthood?

The first five years of a child's life form a crucial foundation for a happy, healthy adulthood. By interviewing or profiling adults from low-income backgrounds who have achieved success (in any form), we'll be able to identify the specific skills, character traits or other factors that put them on the right path. This will help us design solutions that help young children start to build them. 

What skills and character traits can be cultivated early on that will enable children to maximize opportunities and overcome obstacles as they enter adulthood?

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We talked with an upper middle class White mother in Davidson, North Carolina.  She adopted her daughter from China before her daughter had turned one and brought her back to suburban southeastern United States with her long time husband.

We talked with an upper middle class White mother in Davidson, North Carolina. She adopted her daughter from China before her daughter had turned one and brought her back to suburban southeastern United States with her long time husband.

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Animal Empowerment can be implemented within these developing countries such as Tanzania and India to help children ages 0-5 develop mentally and physically as well as their families. This can be done through animals such as cows being donated to the

Animal Empowerment can be implemented within these developing countries such as Tanzania and India to help children ages 0-5 develop mentally and physically as well as their families. This can be done through animals such as cows being donated to the

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Helping children grow their curiosity might be the best thing for their development. If they are curious, they will want to learn, to discover and to understand things on their own, because they want it and not because someone tells them they have to

Helping children grow their curiosity might be the best thing for their development. If they are curious, they will want to learn, to discover and to understand things on their own, because they want it and not because someone tells them they have to

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The most perceptive age of life is during the early childhood years. Parents are often told to read to their kids, it helps with word development, sentence structure and coherent thought forming. To keep children in low income families up to speed w

The most perceptive age of life is during the early childhood years. Parents are often told to read to their kids, it helps with word development, sentence structure and coherent thought forming. To keep children in low income families up to speed w

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10 minutes a day spent reading and learning at a young age can change everything in later life. The video below from Save the Children shows how difficult adult life can be without basic reading skills.

Part of Save the Children's campaign include

10 minutes a day spent reading and learning at a young age can change everything in later life. The video below from Save the Children shows how difficult adult life can be without basic reading skills. Part of Save the Children's campaign include

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This is a build on Steve Bordonaro's post on Routines and Rituals.

The visual below highlights some of the learnings from two visits to different child care centers.  In the case of child care centers there is a tension between consistency that ch

This is a build on Steve Bordonaro's post on Routines and Rituals. The visual below highlights some of the learnings from two visits to different child care centers. In the case of child care centers there is a tension between consistency that ch

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Madi Driscoll, a Davidson IDEO Fellow, and I interviewed an upper middle class White mother in Davidson, North Carolina. She adopted her daughter from China before her daughter had turned one and brought her back to suburban southeastern United State

Madi Driscoll, a Davidson IDEO Fellow, and I interviewed an upper middle class White mother in Davidson, North Carolina. She adopted her daughter from China before her daughter had turned one and brought her back to suburban southeastern United State

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It is very common to do pre-marriage counseling before getting married (in fact, the minister that performed our ceremony made it a condition).  It was not something I was excited to do, but after having gone through it, I feel like it was also incre

It is very common to do pre-marriage counseling before getting married (in fact, the minister that performed our ceremony made it a condition). It was not something I was excited to do, but after having gone through it, I feel like it was also incre

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