Our Kids Author Talks with Small Talk

"The reason my book has the title Our Kids is that these are all our kids. Our future depends upon making sure that all our kids—in Vermont or New Hampshire or New York or L.A.—are doing well."

Those are the words of Robert Putnam, Harvard social scientist, author of Our Kids and advocate for a strong start and equal chance in life for all children. Putnam was the featured guest at the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting event last Thursday. He spoke to 350 guests about the issues raised in his book: with the increasing differences in income between America’s rich and poor families, the achievement gap between rich and poor children is growing even wider. (Check out this great New York Times article on the same topic from earlier this week.)

Let’s Grow Kids had the opportunity to interview Putnam for Small Talk at the event. Here’s a short preview of his conversation with us:

Putnam’s full interview—and other interviews with Vermonters about early childhood and child care recorded this summer—will debut on our website this fall.

Another Highlight from the Event

The Vermont Community Foundation awarded its “Excellence in Philanthropy” Award to Rick Davis, co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, which is LGK’s parent organization.

“We have far too many children born in Vermont with the cards stacked against them,” Davis said in his acceptance speech. “We cannot afford to give up on any of our children.”

For more on the award and Davis’s comments, see the Vermont Community Foundation website.

Pictured above from left to right: Carl Ferenbach, Co-founder of the Permanent Fund;  Staige Davis, Community Foundation Board of Directors; Stuart Comstock-Gay, Community Foundation President & CEO; Professor Robert D. Putnam, Guest Speaker from Harvard University; Tim Volk, Community Foundation Board Chair; Cheryl Mitchell, Co-creator of the Addison County Parent/Child Center and Permanent Fund Board Member; and Rick Davis, co-founder of the Permanent Fund and Excellence in Philanthropy Award Recipient.

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