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Early Learning Is Important, According to New Studies
According to researchers, early mental and intellectual stimulation is crucial for ensuing learning later in life. The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host a symposium that...more



Bilingualism Has Positive Effect on Aging Brain
According to published findings in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, new research shows that bilingualism or speaking two languages...more

Solar-Powered PumpMakers Aim to Bring Clean Water to Millions Around the World
Pumpmakers, an Austrian-based company, hatched the world's first innovative, Do-it-Yourself Solar Pump System. The pump system is designed to deliver clean and safe drinking water to the millions...more

Ready Access to Farmers Markets Boosts Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
The latest study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center documents community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs to be a practical way for supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to under-served...more

The Need for Substance Abuse Counseling Increases
To meet the needs of southwestern North Dakota and to maintain its service standards, the Badlands Human Service Center in Dickinson has increased its need for substance abuse counseling. The...more

Gates Foundation Grant Funds First-Ever Waterless, Solar-Powered Toilet
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $777,000 to University of Colorado Boulder to develop a waterless toilet manned by solar power. The toilet is claimed to transform the lives of 2.5...more

Alabama March of Dimes Chapter Community Grants Program
The March of Dimes Foundation is sponsoring the Alabama March of Dimes Chapter Community Grants Program to fund community-based programs tackling health concerns of pregnant women and infants in the...more

Paralympic Games Maker and Alumna Named \
Emily Yates, 22, a Queen Mary University of London alumna, Paralympic Games Maker and face of a national volunteering campaign, has been honored as 'Young Social Entrepreneur' of the...more

Health Care Law avails 71 million Americans with Free Preventive Care
About 71 million Americans with private health insurance plans will get coverage for at least one free preventive health care service as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable...more

Home Repair and Advocacy Program to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities
A new Sandy grant program, the Home Repair and Advocacy Program, aims to help seniors and people with disabilities with expenses related to rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. The program offers up...more






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The First Billion-Dollar Social Enterprise in America

The First Billion-Dollar Social Enterprise in America
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