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Foster Youth Going Places

| June 19, 2017 |

By Kristen Torres Learning to drive is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence


California Lawmakers and Advocates are Prioritizing Child Poverty

| March 28, 2017 |

The child poverty rate in the U.S. remains extremely high: nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are living below the poverty line and


Legislation to prevent kids from entering foster care moves in the House

| June 17, 2016 |

Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee marked up and passed the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016. The bill marks a major


Stop the Block: Proposed Block Grants of School Meals Programs Put Hungry Kids at Risk

| June 9, 2016 |

With the newly marked-up Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) recently moving through the House Education and the Workforce Committee on a


Breaking News: Preschool for all 4-year-olds on the table

| July 9, 2015 |

Breaking News! Access to high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds in low-income families is being considerered as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education


Why a child poverty target is good education policy

| June 1, 2015 |

While both the House and Senate continue work on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, the primary federal education legislation), Congressman Danny Davis


“These are not like other detergents:” Why we need the Detergent PACS Act

| March 19, 2015 |

Jill and her 8-month-old daughter know all too well that the popular new detergent packs can mean danger for young children. Last April, in the


Today is the day to take action for homeless children and youth!

| March 12, 2015 |

The U.S. Senate is considering a policy that would help America’s homeless children and youth. Introduced by Senator Portman (R-Ohio), the bipartisan amendment is


What Congress can learn from Dr. Seuss

| March 11, 2015 |

“Never budge! That’s my rule. Never budge in the least! Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east! I’ll stay


Helping homeless children and youth only takes a minute

| March 5, 2015 |

Here’s a fact you may have trouble believing: the government department in charge of housing refuses to acknowledge over one million homeless children and youth.