Going Big - This American Life


Studies show the educational divide between affluent and poor people starts early on, before the age of 3, when children learn cognitive and emotional skills that are difficult to almost impossible to learn later as adults. In Central Harlem, parents were not applying methods that stimulate a child’s early development. So, Geoffrey Canada created Harlem’s Children Zone, an 8-week program where parents learn how to help their children. He also expanded his program to include charter schools. The first group of third graders had reading scores above the state average.

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