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Closing the early education gap for rural families

In areas where cost, geography and availability are barriers to learning, in-home kindergarten readiness can make all the difference.

Report: Multicultural consumers shape the future of grocery retail [Image: Women comparing products at the meat case]
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As the US population becomes more diverse, the preferences of multicultural shoppers will have a significant impact on the grocery shopping experience, according to a new report from Acosta.


Here are some straightforward and effective ways to focus on execution.

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Streamlining continuing education, new skills in a digital format

How ultra-rare, premium spirits are cultivating mass followings

Consumers are gravitating toward hard-to-find and premium spirits.

What’s trending? From restorative justice to SEL, don’t miss these most-read stories.

What’s trending? From housing programs to AI in clinical care, don’t miss these most-read stories.

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were drawn in this week by tales of Nestle USA’s transition to a warehouse system and pillowy ricotta dumplings.

Steve’s Ice Cream embraces its craft roots with new flavors and artist-designed packaging[Image: pints of Steve's Ice Cream)
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Dean Foods is honoring the legacy of Steve’s Ice Cream as a pioneer of the craft ice cream movement through a brand refresh that includes eye-catching new packaging.


What does grace mean? Consider these five attributes.


Think outside the box with learning and development.

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BNY Mellon, AcadiaSoft combine to offer initial margin calculations, reconciliation and message handling for buy-side.

Cuddling reduces stress for premature babies

A recent systematic review adds to the evidence that skin-to-skin contact has benefits for premature infants and their parents.

Asian dishes satisfy tastes for healthy meals with global flair
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Chefs and foodservice operators can look to Asian cuisine for inspiration on how to create flavorful dishes that satisfy consumer demand for healthy meals.


At the heart of great leadership is influence, as in the ability to influence others to do what needs to get done.