Cristina Novoa is a senior policy analyst for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress (CAP). At CAP, Cristina researches and writes about child health and development, particularly among infants and toddlers. Cristina studied developmental psychology and public policy, specializing in the academic and behavioral development of children from immigrant families. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology and a master’s degree in public policy.
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May 10, 2019
For many of us, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate moms and families by offering expressions of love and appreciation. But every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications, the majority of which are preventable . And every year, over 22,000 infants never make it to their first birthday. These tragedies don’t strike every community equally. Across the country, African American moms from all walks of life are dying at three to four times the rate of white moms, and their infants are dying at double the rate of babies born to white women. For far...
June 13, 2018
“I just don’t know what I’m going to do with Jonah. Today is the last day of his afterschool program, but there are still two weeks before school is out. And then what am I going to do until September?” It’s early June and I’m catching up with my coworker, Karen. Every summer, she scrambles to find activities to keep her 13-year-old son Jonah safe, happy, and healthy while she is at work all day. After years of arranging summer care—a logistical and financial nightmare—she’s debating whether she can finally leave him at home this year. Karen recently told me that she worries her son may not...