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Data Supports the Saying

villagePublished in the Coastal View News

“It takes a village to raise a child.” Generally attributed as an African proverb, the adage, according to Wikipedia, could have evolved from a regional saying that translates to “a child does not grow up only in a single home” or another that advises that a child’s upbringing belongs to the community. No matter what it’s roots are, it serves as shorthand for current social science and health research. Indeed, it does take committed villagers to raise children well. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a guiding principle in my life and an unofficial slogan of the Carpinteria Children’s Project.

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