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PHOTO: Minnesota is being urged to do more to help families strengthen their financial footing, as about one-third of the state's children are growing up in low income households. Photo credit: Tammra McCauley/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For children growing up in a family that struggles financially, the road can be rougher – and a new study shows that poor is the norm for many of Minnesota's children. According to the latest Kids Count Data Book, about one-third of children in the state are in low-in ...Read More

PHOTO: While applauding the restoration of child care assistance funding in Kentucky, advocates say continued improvements are needed. The owner of this child care center in Louisville says reimbursement rates need to be increased. Photo courtesy Angel House Child Development Center.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – It was hailed as a major victory for children in Kentucky when, earlier this year, the Legislature restored funding for child care assistance. But, advocates say additional improvements are needed, including expanded eligibility and making sure providers are reimbursed a ...Read More

PHOTO: Educate Maine, a group of business leaders, has issued its annual report of 10 indicators it believes best measure Maine’s educational performance -- and 10 goals for 5 years from now. Photo courtesy of Educate Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine has a new report card evaluating its education system, issued by a group of the state's business leaders. The annual Education Indicators report, released by Educate Maine, shows 10 areas along the pipeline from preschool through post-secondary that the group says mak ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo ...Read More

PHOTO: Overcrowded classrooms, fewer activities, and fewer staff members are some of the short-term consequences of cuts to K-12 education, but a new report suggests not restoring funding to pre-recession levels puts the future of Michigan students in jeopardy. Photo credit: Kevin Connors M.Ed./Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's a lesson in subtraction. Michigan schools are receiving nearly 10 percent less state funding today than before the recession hit. According to a new report from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Michigan is one of 15 states with the most drastic educatio ...Read More

PHOTO: Not every child in Oregon has much to smile about, according to new data from Children First for Oregon. The group says although the state has become more ethnically diverse, children of color don't have the nearly same opportunities for success as their white peers. Photo credit: Grady Reese/iStockphoto.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's quality of life is different depending on the color of a child's skin. That's the conclusion of the 2014 County Data Book, which includes research about the opportunities for children growing up in the state. In every county, Children First for Oregon says children of colo ...Read More

PHOTO: Students across Minnesota and the nation are being encouraged to get to class under their own power today, as part of Walk to School Day. Photo credit: Elizabeth/Flickr.

ST. Paul, Minn. - Today is Walk to School Day, and the annual event comes as some school districts in Minnesota see a resurgence in students who are getting to class on their own. In the Sauk Rapids-Rice district, Superintendent Daniel Bittman says with the recent addition of sidewalks and crosswalk ...Read More

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