Books That Inspire 2003

When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting our Children
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Ironically, this book was required reading for my first graduate course that had a profound impact on my thinking about social programming. Hewlett’s unique writing style presents research data interspersed with anecdotal information to produce a compelling picture of why putting all children first makes both moral and economic sense. This book inspired me to become an advocate for early childhood and parenting education programming. Every dollar spent on programs such as Head Start is parlayed into savings for other social support programming down the road. Federal support for programs that address the needs of working as well as low-income parents is imperative.
Susan Wyatt Sedwick
Executive Director
Office of Research Services