Category Archives: Children

Urge Senator Toomey to Support Access to Healthy food for Young Children Act

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Congress is home for August recess and will return September 7th with the goal of taking up a CNR bill in mid-September. We’ll need to keep up the drumbeat throughout the rest … Continue reading

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Blaming Teachers Gets Us All Off the Hook

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/blaming-teachers-gets-us-all-off-the-hook/ It is important to read stories like Joe Mozingo’s piece, San Bernardino: Broken City, or listen to the NPR broadcast based on Mozingo’s reporting.  The subject is desperation and family homelessness among the destitute in a faded … Continue reading

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Residential Concentration of Poverty (and Wealth) and the Impact on Public Schools

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/residential-concentration-of-poverty-and-wealth-and-the-impact-on-public-schools/ Paul Jargoswky, the Rutgers University professor of public policy and director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Urban Education, has just published a new brief on the growing concentration of poverty in many urban neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Enable more children in child care and afterschool programs to have access to healthy meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) by using the form at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5118/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20938 … Continue reading

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Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Help us end summer hunger. When school lets out for summer, millions of low-income children lose access to the school breakfasts and lunches they rely on during the school year. Go to … Continue reading

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Urge PA Members of Congress to Cosponsor Summer Meals Act of 2015

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. When the long summer recess begins, millions of low-income children lose access to the school breakfasts and lunches they rely on during the school year. The … Continue reading

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Speak Up on Behalf of Funding for Kids in Pennsylvania

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): Pennsylvania has now been without a state budget for five weeks, after Gov. Wolf vetoed a spending plan sent to him by lawmakers in late June. As the sides continue to work toward a … Continue reading

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Call PA Legislators and the Governor in Support of Pre-K Programs

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Your letters to the editor are popping up across the state and now it is more important than ever that Harrisburg hears from you. A Harrisburg Patriot News article on Thursday warned as the budget … Continue reading

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‘These Kids Are Just Pawns’: The Rising Toll of Inequitable School Funding

NEA Today “Reading, Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s poorest cities … Tour Reading’s 19 schools and you’ll see mostly aging buildings with broken floor tiles, leaky ceilings sprouting patches of mold, students crammed into too-small classrooms, and feral cats … Continue reading

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Poverty Disturbs Children’s Brain Development and Academic Performance

Scientific American “For children, growing up poor hinders brain development and leads to poorer performance in schools … Up to 20% of the achievement gap between high- and low-income children may be explained by differences in brain development … Children … Continue reading

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