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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: Nutrition is one focus of the 21st Century Afterschool programs in Yakima. A new report says 17 percent of Washington kids are enrolled in after-school programs; parents say 36 percent would be if they had access to one. Photo courtesy NW Community Action Center.
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SEATTLE - One in five children in Washington ends the school day with no adult supervision in the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., according to a state-by-state report on after-school programs that are intended to keep kids learning and safe. In Washington, the report said, 17 percent of children are en ...Read More

PHOTO: Dr. Corey Iqbal holds 1-month-old twins Kerlin and Orlando Morales-Botello, the first patients at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to undergo a state-of-the-art procedure to treat a potentially fatal complication while in-utero. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When a family is expecting twins, the joy is multiplied, but so are the potential complications. That's why one Missouri hospital is now leading the way with a potentially life-saving procedure performed before the babies are born. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is a ...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: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati ...Read More

PHOTO: Fire evacuation drills should be held in every home, according to a new safety campaign from the American Red Cross. Image courtesy of the American Red Cross.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Most people in Arkansas know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, according to a new survey, but most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five m ...Read More

PHOTO: Elementary school student Lev Goldman spoke at Health-o-Ween, a Halloween-themed campaign aimed at ethnic communities, with information on free and low-cost health coverage launched with an event in Framingham Wednesday in advance of the upcoming open enrollment period. Photo courtesy Health Care For All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – What's scarier than a child without medical insurance? Not much, say the folks behind the Halloween-themed public launch of an enrollment drive held Wednesday in Framingham. Pumpkins were the decorations at the news event where health insurance was the treat and getting ...Read More

PHOTO: A book giveaway was part of the Eugene event for the Oregon Education Association's Week of Action. This week's message at education forums and fairs statewide is that strong public schools and colleges build strong communities. Photo courtesy Oregon Education Assn.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Events this weekend kicked off an Oregon Education Association Week of Action. It combines celebrations of public school progress with discussions of what else can be done to make school the best possible learning environment for students. From kindergarten to college, OEA and aff ...Read More

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