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Childhood Poverty

Child Poverty Is a Public Health Crisis

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Even a temporary period of poverty puts a child at risk of lifelong disadvantage. So when 39 percent of our children are being exposed to such harm, that is a public health crisis -- quite possibly the most serious one this country has ever faced.

Red Noses for Kids: The Fight to End Childhood America

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

It's easy to forget that childhood poverty is a devastating reality in the United States. A few years ago, in a New Yorker article entitled "Spoiled Rotten," Elizabeth Kolbert wrote: "contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world." Evidence of that claim is all around us.

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren't in place, a new report suggests. A study released...

America's Most Prevalent Disease

Michael Hole | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Michael Hole

Until the 1960s, nearly every child with Chloe's type of cancer died within one year of diagnosis. But little by little, research advanced. Eventually, scientists found vincristine.

The Cromnibus Will Diminish The Health And Development Of Poor Children

Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant...

Tackling the Childhood Literacy Gap

Rachel Johnstone | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Rachel Johnstone

When children under five are not read to before kindergarten, they are more likely to have drug and alcohol problems and are less likely to succeed as adults.

The Bottom Line On Improving Social Mobility In The U.S.

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Nigel Barber

If we want to improve social mobility in this country to what it is in Europe, then we need to do more to reduce childhood poverty.

Is Cybersex Grounds For Divorce?

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Divorce
Andrew Feldstein

Cyber-sex, sexting, lurid Facebook messages, and other forms of virtual infidelity are becoming increasingly prevalent in Family Law. With vastly improved computer graphics and enhanced reality, the real world and the virtual world are becoming increasingly blurred.

My Teen: Homeless Children In Search of Smart Adults

Anni Bricca | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Anni Bricca

Reams have been written about the issue with lots of concerned citizen comments. While all that concern is great, nothing seriously tangible is being done, further underscored by the fact the numbers in my city just increased by 2000 more children.

Child Stats That Aren't Being Helped By Children Alley-Ooping Into Pools

Andy McDonald | Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

Okay, how about we compromise? I'll still throw out some disturbing statistics about the welfare of American children, but I'll punctuate them with some sweet ass alley-ooping pool dunks! Gooooooooo TEAM!

Kim Bhasin

TOMS Founder Addresses The Haters | Kim Bhasin | Posted 07.05.2013 | Small Business

For a company that gives millions of pairs of shoes to the needy each year, TOMS ends up receiving a startlingly heavy amount of criticism. The mos...

American Winter: It's a Cold Reality for Millions of Struggling Families

Joe Gantz | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Joe Gantz

How can nearly half of our country be in such dire circumstances and yet our politicians chose this time of the most need in 80 years to cut budgets and social services all across the country?

WATCH: Mark Shriver: 'Politics Is A Tough Combat Sport'

Posted 02.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Mark Shriver, vice president and managing director of Save the Children, spoke about the lack of compromise in Washington during a recent interview wi...

After Newtown, Arming Parents and Schools Against Violence

Richard Buery | Posted 02.27.2013 | New York
Richard Buery

Gun control will not end violence in our communities, but it is a sensible strategy to reduce it. We must also focus on long-term strategies to create real opportunities for children growing up in poverty.

Sean's Ear Infection

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When a child gets sick, a family's schedule gets upended. Parents debate who's in a better position to miss a day of work. Under the best of circumstances, it won't be a great day. I'd like to take you through what that day is like for a low-income family.

Conspiracy of Goodness

Dr. Neil Boothby | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Dr. Neil Boothby

I looked into the eyes of many of these Rwandan babies who "failed to thrive." It was an experience that continues to haunt me to this day. It was the opposite of when I looked into my own son's eyes and, for the first time, he recognized me and responded with delight.

Are Poor Kids in Philadelphia Doomed to Fail?

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Today, the poor kids in Philadelphia -- and in many other American cities -- are doomed to fail. This is shameful, because we know what to do.

Controversial New Child Care Attendance System Examined In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi parents will have to scan their fingerprints every time the...

Poverty in America

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

Working toward eliminating poverty is necessary toward the social, psychological and economic wellbeing of the United States. We need to strategically approach inclusive strategies that will allow for all Americans to thrive -- particularly those living in poverty.

A Solution To Lost Early Childhood Ed Opportunities In Mississippi?

| Liz Willen | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. MOORHEAD, Miss. — JeMira Nichols entered kindergarten in this sleepy Delta town way ahea...

Beyond Chicago

Martin J. Blank | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Many cities have cross-sector collaboratives with similar missions; Cincinnati is the only place where these collaboratives come together to support their public schools.

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.

Lessons From Arne Duncan's Back-to-School Bus Tour

Martin J. Blank | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

As Secretary Arne Duncan travels the country on his Back-to-School bus tour, he has refocused his attention on the community schools strategy as a vehicle for implementing a Broader Bolder Approach to Education.