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Child Poverty

How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

My family is breaking up with commercial chocolate, or buying fair trade. I hope you will, too.

Jane Austen Weekly: Child Poverty in Mansfield Park

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Mansfield Park begins with a question that is still depressingly familiar. What can be done to help a disadvantaged child?

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.

The Campaign Speech You Won't Hear

Billy Shore | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Billy Shore

With just 10 days until the election I'm still waiting for the speech I had hoped to hear -- from any candidate, of either party, in any race. With time running out I'm growing doubtful, so just in case, I've tried to at least imagine it.

Toward One City: Getting to Know Each Other

Judith Sandalow | Posted 12.25.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

While a lot of attention this election season has been given to rifts between right- and left-leaning neighbors, men vs. women, and black vs. white, the most profound and troubling divide in Washington, D.C. is between rich and poor.

The Congressional Deficit

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Congress in 2011 mostly ignored the 16.1 million poor children and the 7.3 million extremely poor children in need. We cannot leave millions of children without hope or a vision of a future worth striving for in our materially powerful but spiritually poor nation.

How to Interpret America's Report Card

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

America's Report Card sets itself the task of educating Americans about the status of its children, and in this respect it is a wake up call. But the report limits itself to the policy recommendation of "we must do better by our children." I'd like to connect dots and draw lessons.

Sheltering America's Children

Barbara Sard | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Barbara Sard

Across the country, there is simply not enough housing assistance to meet the need.  It's time federal housing spending gave higher priority to ensuring that families don't end up on the street.

Will Mississippi Jump In And Provide Funds For Early Learning?

| Jackie Mader | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Advocates of a privately funded early education program in Mississippi ...

Restoring Hope and Faith, One Young Child at a Time

Romanita Hairston | Posted 12.13.2012 | Impact
Romanita Hairston

The Center for Children in Poverty estimates that we have lost all of the gains we made over the past 50 years in child well-being. We've lost opportunity. We are facing a crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically charged and polarized times.

Can You Hear Me Now? Who's Talking About Early Childhood Education This Election Season

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

It is time for the press to ask all candidates whether they are ready to make commitments to keep the window of learning opportunity open for all young children.

C- Is Just Not Good Enough for Our Kids

Jennifer Garner | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Garner

A report card marked with too many C's and D's is not something to boast about. Unfortunately, those are just the kinds of grades America brought home yesterday, earning an overall C- in a new report released by Save the Children and First Focus.

On Day of the Girl, Putting Girls First

Ann K. Blanc | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Ann K. Blanc

Adolescent girls in the developing world today face greater disadvantages and more limited opportunities than boys the same age.

Power Is in Your Person

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Dolores Huerta's many successes over the years have proven her right about the power every person can have once they are ready to claim it and work together with others for change.

The Toxic Toll of Child Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

It shouldn't take a teachers' strike to remind us that cutting school nurses and social workers, substituting test-prep for afterschool enrichment, and making classes so large that teachers cannot have individual time with students, are the worst education policy choices we could make.

Families Struggle: Child Poverty Remains Epidemically High

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Citizens must demand that every political leader state what they will do now to invest in and protect vulnerable children from hunger, homelessness and poor education. It's way past time to eliminate epidemic child poverty and the child suffering, stress, homelessness and miseducation it spawns.

The High Stakes of Child Poverty

David Chura | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
David Chura

I met Amber at a tutoring program for inner city children. It was 1966, my senior year in high school, and the war on poverty was on, a war we've failed to win.

Think Again: Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.20.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

The choice -- and it is a conscious choice -- to ignore the problems facing poor Americans comes at a moment when those problems are not only multiplying but also as more and more people find themselves either teetering on the abyss of poverty or falling into it entirely.

NYC Poverty Rate Rises As Gap Between Rich And Poor Widens

Posted 09.20.2012 | New York

New York City's poverty rate rose for the third straight year, with nearly 74,000 more people falling below the poverty line in 2011, according to a n...

We Need to #TalkPoverty

Jamison Doran | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Jamison Doran

I cannot pretend there is an easy fix to get our poverty rate down, which is at the highest level in at least 63 years, because there certainly isn't an easy fix and it won't become any easier regardless of who is president.

Ryanomics Assault on Poor and Hungry Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ryanomics is not only poor arithmetic, it is also poor morality and gross injustice which turns upside down the requirements of all great faiths to protect the poor and vulnerable.

Happy 152nd Birthday, Jane Addams

Sid Mohn | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

From those of us at Heartland Alliance, we wish you a happy birthday, Jane Addams. Thank you for giving us the chance to carry out your legacy and, more importantly, to end poverty once and for all.

Child Poverty Holds Steady For The First Time In Years, Census Bureau Finds

Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

After climbing four years in a row, the U.S. child-poverty rate essentially held firm in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Wednesday. In 2...

Child Care Missing From Party Platforms

David Gray | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
David Gray

In the 1988 campaign, both George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis emphasized child care. As the Romney and Obama campaigns now sprint towards November 6, the opportunity remains for them to discuss the child care needs of American families.

Ignore the Young, Forget the Old

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Why it is that the poor don't matter? We all know why: because the poor aren't "likely voters" and the poor aren't big campaign donors. It's really that simple. And that's sickening.