A disconnect in reading

No more than 5 percent of the 5,000 children’s books published each
year feature African-Americans as characters. Experts say black boys
need to see themselves in books to foster a love of reading that will
help build literacy skills.

Serving newcomers

Less than half of the children of immigrant parents are in preschool, one study found. Advocates say families need extra help navigating the pre-k maze.

Beyond the classroom

Increasingly, educators and researchers are reaching the conclusion that schools need to take a more holistic approach if they are to successfully educate children in troubled communities. Five schools get $18 million to raise performance through longer school days, enrichment classes and on-site health clinics.