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Child Poverty

Preying on the Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Working Hard to Get Back on Track

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, and transitional housing are lifelines that work when people fall on hard times. We need to preserve them. But that's not what the Ryan "reconciliation budget" just passed by the House of Representatives would do.

Saki Knafo

Gov. Bev Perdue's Budget Could Save Nation's Leading Early Childhood Programs, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.11.2012 | Parents

Children's advocates are applauding the latest state budget in North Carolina, hailing it as the latest victory in a long and drawn-out battle over th...

Saki Knafo

Maurice Sendak's Legacy In A Brooklyn Library

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- Before he made beautiful children's books that sold millions of copies, Maurice Sendak, who died yesterday at age 83, lived in Brooklyn, N...

Saki Knafo

Bloomberg Slashes Children's Services, Contributing To What Advocates Describe As A National Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.03.2012 | New York

Teachers, parents and children's advocates across New York City shuddered Thursday morning as Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his executive budget: J...

Saki Knafo

Bloomberg Budget Brawl: Children's Advocates Scramble To Save New York's State-Of-The-Art After-School System On Eve Of Massive Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.03.2012 | New York

A coalition of more than 150 New York City groups, including the Children's Aid Society and the Police Athletic League, is making a last-ditch effort ...

The Bloomberg Administration's Double Standards on Poverty and Accountability

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.01.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

It is clear that this administration has a double standard when it comes to accountability. Poor and working families must prove their need, at every step, in order to receive even the bare minimum of assistance.

Safe Harbor for the Homeless

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The House Budget Committee's latest draconian budget proposes even deeper cuts in the safety net while refusing to ask the rich and powerful to contribute their fair share. Indeed, it would give them more tax breaks at the expense of poor struggling families desperately trying to get back on their feet.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Taking the Malaria Fight Down to the Community Level

Mark Hanlon | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Mark Hanlon

Malaria remains one of the most widespread infectious diseases in Africa. Yet, insecticide treated nets are available. Medicines are available. Prevention education is available -- but to everyone?

Saki Knafo

Head Start Agencies Slam Obama Administration

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents

For decades, Head Start programs around the country didn't have to worry about getting their funding renewed. It was rare that a center lost its gover...

We Are All in This Together

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The life-long consequences for children in terms of opportunity, education, poverty, health, and the ability to fulfill their God-given potential are disturbing for the current generation of children and youth.

Saki Knafo

The New Hotel Homeless

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business

Melissa was always on the move, wandering in and out of people's rooms, going from pool to basketball court and back to pool, climbing up the big tree...

Foreclosure Crisis Affects Huge Number Of Children

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

The foreclosure crisis could end up directly affecting as many as 8.3 million children, according to a report out this week from the advocacy group Fi...

Saki Knafo

Christine Quinn, City Council Calls Mayor Bloomberg's Cuts To Children's Service "Unacceptable"

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education

Hundreds of parents, children and teachers gathered on the steps of New York's City Hall Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget plan, whi...

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Want to Fight Poverty? Give Someone a Stage

Keith Weissglass | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Keith Weissglass

Ask a young person today, "How can you make the world a better place?" Few will reply, "Go to business school!"

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Moving From Pilots to Policy

Richard Buery | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education
Richard Buery

On the evening of March 27, one of our community schools located in Washington Heights, a heavily Dominican neighborhood, hosted an event with potential implications for education policy in New York City and across the country.

Child Poverty May Be Slowing, Report Finds

Posted 03.29.2012 | Denver

The dramatic rate at which Colorado youth have been slipping into poverty seems to have finally come to a standstill this year, according to data rele...

Keeping the Focus on Children in a Tough Economy

William Roberts | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
William Roberts

Parents are facing daily questions about how to provide for their families, spend their money and share their time. Should they spend their latest pay check on food or rent? How can they spend time with their children while working two jobs?

In Defense of Facing Reality

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We will have to learn to hold two ideas at the same time: We must both reduce poverty and improve our schools. We cannot fix our schools without strengthening the teaching profession and addressing the social conditions that shape their outcomes.

Rediscovering Poverty

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

By the Reagan era, the "culture of poverty" had become a cornerstone of conservative ideology: poverty was caused, not by low wages or a lack of jobs, but by bad attitudes and faulty lifestyles.

Improving the Conditions for Teaching and Learning

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

When there are distractions in the classroom and in children's lives, teachers have a harder time doing their job. That's not an excuse, that's reality.

8 Facts About Poverty That Will Blow Your Mind -- And What You Can Do

Sid Mohn | Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

We can't allow politicians to chip away at the services that keep people fed, housed, and on the road to becoming self-sufficient. And we can't continue to see the problem of poverty as someone else's problem.

"Sponsor a Child" Is More Than Just a Popular Strategy to End Poverty -- It's a Deliberate, Long-Term Approach

Mark Hanlon | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Mark Hanlon

There are discernable outcomes when a child is known, loved and protected out of the cycle of poverty.