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Childhood Poverty

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

We Need a New War on Poverty -- Not the Same Old War on the Poor

Allan Brawley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Did millions of Americans suddenly become lazy? If you are to believe a recent Republican campaign statement, you might believe it.

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.

Giving Our Children an Equal Opportunity to Succeed

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

This is a challenging time to be young and poor in the United States. How do we return fairness and equal opportunity to the lives of poor children? How can we improve their chances in life?

Tired of Chest-Thumping Patriotism

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

We are indeed an exceptional country, and we should celebrate that. But patriotism also means calling our nation out for its problems and troubles. Here are my top four patriotic criticisms of Americans that I wish a politician would articulate.

All Hands on Deck for Community Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.10.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

At a time when some education reformers argue that only high test scores matter, the rise of the community school movement offers a crucial counterpoint.

With Our Future on the Line, the Time to Invest in Kids Is Now

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Mark Shriver

Getting the job done and ensuring quality early education for every American kid would be an investment on the order of buying Apple stock in 2003 when it was at $6.56 a share.

Gene Demby

Tavis Smiley: 'This Is Our Last, Best Chance To Turn This Around'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

"Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in '92, and now we're dealing with a war on women in 2012," Tavis Smiley said on a...