A central resource for research and information about creating and sustaining mixed-income communities has launched with resources available online at http://nimc.case.edu/ at Case Western Reserve University.
The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) is based in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
Mark Joseph, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of NIMC, said NIMC's mission is to help reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities by facilitating high-quality research and making information and evidence easily available to policymakers and practitioners.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's evaluation study of the benefits of prekindergarten education was featured as the top story in the latest edition of Think, Case Western Reserve University's online news magazine, in "CWRU study finds high quality preschool narrows gap between high-risk kids and higher achievers" on November 26, 2013. "High quality preschool settings are a sure bet for helping children get ready for kindergarten, and are particularly effective in helping higher-risk children close the readiness gap," said Poverty Center Co-Director Robert Fischer.
The evaluation study to measure the effectiveness of preschool programs was funded by Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children and the Cleveland Foundation.
Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed by the Case Western Reserve University student-run newspaper, The Observer, in "Food stamp cut hits 272,143 Cuyahoga County residents" on November 22, 2013. "There are 160,000 people on food stamps in the city of Cleveland alone," Fischer said. "About 40 percent of those recipients are children under the age of 18. The cuts are significant and they hit a lot of families."