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Reversing the Systemic, Structural Disinvestment in Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately for children's programs, Congress has chosen to subject the programs on the discretionary side of the budget to significant cuts and hard spending limits or "sequestration" in an effort to cut the federal budget deficit.

Valuing Diversity and Investing in Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Imagine how different things for children might be if politicians were the ones to lose their jobs for failing to improve education, reduce child poverty, etc. What is needed is a focus on the needs of children before it is too late.

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.

Child Abuse: The Deadly Cost of Inattention and Inaction

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The Miami Herald investigated 477 deaths of children that were a part of the child welfare system in the State of Florida. It also highlights another critical fact: our nation's most vulnerable cannot be protected on the cheap.

Let's Do the Right Thing for Our Children

Mark Shriver | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Shriver

Save the Children has not been involved in the gun control issue in the past -- our work has focused on providing education, health and emergency relief services to children and families living in poverty in the United States and around the world -- but in the aftermath of Newtown, we are taking action.

U.S. Gets A C-Minus When It Comes To Nation's Children

Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

A joint report by Save the Children and First Focus has awarded the U.S. a C-minus overall grade when it comes to providing for and ensuring education...

Budgets and Children: A Total Disconnect

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Two recent reports highlight the disturbing chasm between the irrefutable evidence of the need for more investment in children -- particularly low-income and minority children and young children -- and Congress' insistence on ignoring it.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Spring Doesn't Mean Baseball Games And Vacations For All Kids

Randy Jackson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Randy Jackson

It is up to each of us to raise awareness of the fact that almost 25 percent of our children live in poverty and each of us must hold our leaders accountable to ensuring a fair start for every kid in America.

Is Poverty Not "Sexy" Enough?

Morna Murray | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Morna Murray

One in five children now lives in poverty, up from 17% in 2000. This is an increase of 2.4 million children. These are not just statistics. They are real children, waking up hungry and suffering.

King Solomon and the Debt Deal

Morna Murray | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Morna Murray

With a debt limit deal that will be carefully dissected in the days to come, President Obama faced a choice that was just about as difficult as King Solomon's: allow the country to default or give in to demands from a small group of radical ideologues.

Getting Back to Basics for Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Bruce Lesley

By a nearly 3-to-1 margin (58-20%), American voters believe that the lives of children have become worse rather than better over the last ten years, as key indicators of child well-being continue to decline.

Weekly Diaspora: Zero Hour Approaching for Federal Immigration Reform

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Erin Rosa, Media Consortium blogger The countdown is on. Half a million supporters of comprehensive immigration reform rallied across the country o...

The President's 2011 Budget Priorities: Cut Poverty and Promote Opportunity

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

What's most remarkable about the president's budget proposal is that low-income kids and families stand out as a clear priority.

Peaceful Revolution: What's a Key Element of Health Care Reform?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

No matter what action Congress takes, they must address the unique developmental needs of children by ensuring they have comprehensive benefits that cover them from head to toe.

Out of the Desert

Elisabeth Mason and Julie Kashen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason and Julie Kashen

At Single Stop USA, our mission is to raise millions of people out of poverty by ending this disconnect through a revolutionary coordination of service delivery and distribution.