As the trend toward reduced investments at the federal level for children continues (a decline over the next decade is expected by 25 percent or more as a percentage of GDP), local governments are stepping up their investments. This Brookings report provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges including “the intergovernmental obstacles that communities face as they expand supplemental cradle-to-career services, and the strategies individual communities have drawn upon to deliver better results for the next generation.”

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