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Lawmakers from both parties are joining efforts to get Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider cuts to family and children programs. PHOTO of the Capitol rotunda copyrighted by the state Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State lawmakers from both parties are asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to let them consider restoring money cut from programs for children and families. The governor cut $1 million from safety-net budgets, including those for child advocacy, in-home family education and suppo ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the minimum wage bill on Monday, raising the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation raising the minimum wage in Minnesota has now won full approval at the state Capitol and is headed to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill increases the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defen ...Read More

PHOTO: University of California President Janet Napolitano supports Senate Bill 1210 to expand college financial aid for illegal immigrants. Courtesy: University of California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers are considering two different proposals to increase educational opportunities for California students from the youngest to the oldest. One bill, the Kindergarten Readiness Act, would make voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-y ...Read More

PHOTO: Karen Magee, elected new president of New York State United Teachers this week, hopes to heal "fractured" relationships and pursue a pro-active agenda. Courtesy NYSUT

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's teachers union elected a new president this week in a sign that union members, teachers and professionals in the state's public schools want to take a stronger stance on a number of issues. Karen Magee is a 30-year veteran teacher and union leader from Harrison. She replace ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state, across racial and ethnic groups. It says in Florida, children of all races need more support to thrive. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In just four years, children of color are expected to outpace the number of white children in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation asks if those children will be prepared to succeed in their classrooms and beyond ...Read More

PHOTO: Clayton Early Learning Center in Denver says it works to incorporate parents into its support structure, which means being respectful of each family's culture. Photo courtesy: Colorado Children's Campaign.

DENVER – In the race for success for Colorado's children, some have a taller mountain to climb - depending in part on their racial background. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that children of color are falling behind their white peers on a dozen key indicators of future ...Read More

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