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Monday, February 2, 2015

TONIGHT: Breaking US Poverty Cycle with Early Education on PBS' A PATH APPEARS


The Save the Children home-visiting program that actor/advocate Jennifer Garner and journalist Nicholas Kristof explore tonight in the new PBS documentary “A Path Appears” is showing dramatic results in many of the nation’s poorest communities.
Although research has consistently shown that most U.S. children living in poverty fall far behind other children by the time they reach school, Save the Children’s results show that 80 percent of its young, at-risk participants score at or above the national average on pre-literacy tests.
A Path Appears is the sequel to the highly-acclaimed PBS film Half the Sky, and both are based on books written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning, New York Times journalists Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  Tonight’s 10 p.m. episode, subtitled, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty,” features West Virginia families participating in Save the Children’s early education program.   
In the film, Kristof and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner, a West Virginia native, tag along with Save the Children’s local program coordinator as she brings books, developmental activities and other critical support into the homes of struggling families.  The program, which offers home visits from a mother’s pregnancy through age 3, also forges early connections between families and their child’s future school.
Save the Children’s early education program is active in isolated, high-poverty, rural communities in the following states:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. Save the Children also continues to support children with supplemental literacy programs in elementary schools.
A preview of A Path Appears’ West Virginia segment can be viewed on Save the Children’s U.S. Sponsorship page, where individuals can also support this work:  https://sponsor.savethechildren.org/us.

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