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Child Watch® Column: Stories of Mother Love

May 6, 2016
As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let’s pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children or at least for one child who may not be our own.
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Child Watch® Column: End Child Summer Hunger Now!

April 15, 2016
Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation and poor children like Linda who rely on free and reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school year to keep the wolves of hunger at bay face a long summer of food deprivation. “It was hard without school during the summer, but being able to qualify for something like food stamps or having a food pantry near us, that helped a lot,” Linda says, but at the end of the month, “it was kind of like a hit-or-miss kind of situation.”
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Child Watch® Column: The Early Childhood Infrastructure Our Children and Nation Urgently Need

October 14, 2016
Whether children will have a strong foundation is in large part determined by the social and physical environments in which they grow up. The first five years of a child’s life are the time of greatest brain development. If young children’s basic needs are met by experiencing consistent, nurturing interactions with loving adults, they are far more likely to meet their full potential. The United States has not made the necessary investments to support young children and families after the seismic shift from stay-at-home moms and two parent families to the current reality of two-parent-working families, or often single working moms with young children today. The major advances in what we now know about early childhood brain development make these investments more urgent. Our aging early childhood infrastructure is in dire need of repair. While we wait for critically needed investments, there has been important progress.
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Child Watch® Column: Ending Child Poverty: A Moral and Economic Necessity

September 16, 2016
Poverty data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveal child poverty declined last year to 14.5 million poor children from 15.5 million in 2014, one million fewer but still higher than before the recession began in 2007.
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Child Watch® Column: Insure All Children!

September 2, 2016
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have just released Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! a toolkit to help schools and districts connect children to health care coverage as part of routine school enrollment.
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Tell Congress: Make childcare more affordable!

October 25, 2016
Candidates are talking about it. The media are talking about it. And, of course, we are (and have been!) talking about it! Childcare now costs more than college. Yikes! The struggles most parents in America have finding quality, affordable childcare for their little ones is getting a lot of...
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Three in Four Extremely Low Income Renters Spend More Than 50 Percent of Income on Rent

October 20, 2016
75 percent of extremely low income renters spend more than half of their income on housing costs alone. We must expand housing resources for our nation’s lowest income renters.
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The High Cost of Being Poor in Your State

October 18, 2016
Partners in 13 states have been working with the Coalition on Human Needs to release reports on high cost of being poor and policies to reduce poverty. See what's happening in your state.
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The Election, Tax Policy and the Economy

October 18, 2016
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have released tax proposals. We previously looked at the winners and losers under each plan, as well as the cost of each plan. Today we look at what the evidence says about how they are likely to affect broadly shared economic growth.
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Head-Smacking in the Election Season

October 18, 2016
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have released tax plans. For those of us who care about making the economy work better for all, there are three central questions to ask about tax proposals: How much do they cost, who benefits/who pays more, and will they result in broadly shared economic growth. Today, we’ll answer the first two questions, and take up the third in our Part 2 of this series.
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