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PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est ...Read More

PHOTO: Dave Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Central American children who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum have a right to legal representation and an immigration hearing before being summarily deported. Photo courtesy of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Most have not traveled this far north yet, but Oregonians are already expressing concern for the thousands of children and teens crossing the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their Central American homelands. On Wednesday a group of labor, religious and immigrants' rig ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

PHOTO: At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall. But according to Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare, a boost is on the way thanks to the March Campaign, a statewide ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest Kids Count data book shows Minnesota has maintained its decade-long appearance in the top five states in the nation for overall child well-being. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the well-being of children, Minnesota is once again one of the best places in the nation, although challenges remain. Stephanie Hogenson, research and policy director with Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says despite the state being ranked fifth overall in the ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that while there is still work to be done, Illinois is making strides in improving the well-being of its children. Photo credit: Anita Peppers / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being finds both good and bad news in Illinois. According to the 2014 edition of the national Kids Count Data Book, Illinois has seen improvements over the last decade in the teen birth rate, as well as the mortality rate for child ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 27th nationally in an annual snapshot of child well-being. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkenson / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist. An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from last year. Glenn Augustine, vi ...Read More

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