Market Babies

Young mothers leaving welfare still discover that reliable child care can be harder to find than a job. Can a booming business in homegrown child care ever fill the parent gap?

Keeping Close Counsel

Mayor Giuliani’s bitter downsizing of Legal Aid’s criminal defense practice has had a surprising consequence: New York has a new wave of lawyers who add social work to their motions and pleas.

The School That Works

The city’s Catholic hierarchy is resisting a reform promoted by outsiders–parochial schools, born in Chicago, that succeed by putting poor teenagers to work.

Bad Housekeeping

Families who lose their homes to fire or demolition can end up in one of four city-funded shelters, where their tough times will just be getting started.