ICYMI: Take care of your lead paint now; Michigan child care is a mess; lowering the bar for boys
We're coming up on October and you'll be forgiven if not only autumn, but State of Opportunity content, has been flying past you.
That's what we're here for.
- Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply if you're a family in Grand Rapids who needs financial help getting the lead paint out of your house.
- Gap watch: The gender gap in academic achievement is alive and well, but Dustin Dwyer has plenty to say about a new development – letting boys get away with doing less. Loyal State of Opportunity followers, we expect you to have things to say about this.
- If you need help paying for day care in Michigan, good luck. Brittany Bartkoviak, the newest addition to the State of Opportunity team, breaks down a new study on day care subsidies in the state. Only three states have lower subsidies than Michigan. What does that mean for families hoping to get back to work to get ahead?
Last, but not least, what do you think about framing issues around kids labeled "at-risk" with a "pay now or pay later" construct? We trot out that reasoning all the time, as Jennifer Guerra points out. Does that argument resonate with you?
Sound off in the comments or on the social networks. And get your questions ready: Next week we're running a State of Opportunity special where we'll spend the hour taking with and about disconnected youth – those teens and young adults who aren't in school or working.