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Child Poverty

Children Are On the Ballot

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Children do not vote. And, if politicians are not listening and are taking actions contrary to the needs of children, voters must hold them accountable for their actions or inactions or we will fail our kids and our future.

The Real Monsters

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty.

Report: Child Poverty Has Spiked In Richest Countries Since Recession

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact

Even the richest countries weren’t too big to fail their children after the Great Recession, a new study has revealed. According to a recent UNIC...

Report: U.S. Child Poverty Rate Peaked In 2010 And It's Not Budging

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact

The U.S. childhood poverty rate hit its highest level in 20 years back in 2010 and it’s showing no signs of letting up, a recent report concluded. ...

Robert Peace and the Educational Reform Movement

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Can we really expect teachers and schools to overcome so many obstacles by preparing kids for "college and career" without addressing the inequality and poverty their students experience everyday?

If Every Day Were Halloween

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

On Halloween, we're generous to any child who asks -- simply because they asked. So what exactly is different about that one night each year? How can we make this magic last longer?

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

Hillary Clinton and 'Too Small to Fail': Are We Too Big to Care?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

At the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this past weekend, I got to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the AAP's partnership with her "Too Small to Fail" campaign. It made me happy -- and sad.

How Is a Girl's Worth Actually Determined?

Susan Liang | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Susan Liang

The possibilities of shaping one's character are limitless and only bound by the borders we set for ourselves -- so why is it that girls are marginalized, discriminated against, and still not valued the same as boys?

What Head Start Can Teach Us About Quality Education

Martine Singer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Martine Singer

This fall we're welcoming more than 300 three- and four-year olds at Head Start sites in Los Angeles and Burbank. Head Start is the federal school readiness program that serves a million low-income children across the country.

Single Parents Want to Be Good Parents

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

let's stop decrying family structure and begin focusing on good parenting. The earlier we begin, even before pregnancy, the better for the child.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When many people hear child poverty in America, the first stereotype is an inner-city child. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the truth is that child poverty affects children everywhere, although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently.

Teachers, Like Mr. Keating, Deserve Due Process, Support, and Our Respect

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than i...

Kiwis in the Bronx

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One day the gardener said to the children, "You know, I'm always telling you what we are going to grow. This time, what would you like to grow?" To her surprise, the children had a unanimous answer: "Kiwis!"

It Takes More Than a Village to Raise a Child

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Something important happened to you right after you were born. You don't remember it, but your parents do. You got a birth certificate. That is such a simple act -- like flicking a switch and having a light come on -- that we forget how complex it is.

All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In the United States, eight out of every 1,000 children born die before age 5 every year. In Mali, that number is 16 times higher, according to UNICEF. Globally, 6.6 million children -- almost New York City's entire population -- die before they turn 5.

Life Can Be Different: Saving the Next Generation in Zimbabwe

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Tyler Curry

While driving back from Neshaya Secondary School in Makwa, Zimbabwe, I sat, staring out into the African sky at the rural homesteads that were loosely arranged throughout the land, built from logs, mud and thatch.

What Is a Girl Worth?

Tedi Ware | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Tedi Ware

Many parents and community leaders cling fiercely to the traditional belief that it's a waste of money to pay school fees for a daughter since her destiny is to marry, bear multiple children, and manage the home.

Why We Should Abolish The GDP

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Gross domestic product measures how much money that project would produce. But it can't account for the children who get asthma or the people who die from that air pollution. And that's a problem.

Opt Out? Why Parents Should Opt-In to Standardized Testing

Chris Goering | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Chris Goering

Audaciously, we believe that every parent in America should be given the choice to opt-in for standardized testing, rather than being forced to opt-out.

Sustainable Tourism Empowering Children in India to Break Cycle of Poverty

Irene Lane | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Irene Lane

The Children's College, which is supported by sustainable tourism efforts and direct donations, enables youth who would otherwise drop out and work alongside their parents, to focus on school and develop their talents.

Grading DC's Mental Health System for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 07.06.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

It may seem obvious that Aaliyah needed help dealing with the sadness and emotional turmoil caused by her mother's incarceration. Unfortunately, like so many other children in the District, she couldn't get timely help.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?