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PHOTO: Elementary school students in Reading stop by kiosks parked near school entrances to get free, nutritious breakfast items to eat in their classrooms. Photo courtesy Food Research and Action Center.

READING, Pa. - Homeroom is just a little "homier" in Reading elementary schools this month, as kids are now starting their days with a nutritious breakfast before they begin their class work. Some Reading students used to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, but this year, the district made the decision ...Read More

PHOTO: The "OK2SAY" program has officially launched in Michigan, giving students and parents an anonymous way to submit tips about worrisome behavior at school. The free mobile app is available for Android and Apple users. Photo courtesy of Michigan.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - A new school safety initiative has launched in Michigan, encouraging students, parents, and community members to anonymously share any kind of threatening behavior through a system called "OK2SAY." Kevin Epling of East Lansing lost his 8th grade son to suicide after being bullied by ...Read More

PHOTO: First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin is working to promote safe infant sleep and prevent what she describes as a high number of totally unnecessary children's deaths. Photo courtesy of the state of West Virginia.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia's First Lady wants parents and caregivers to know: Keeping babies safe while they sleep is as simple as A-B-C. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared September to be Infant Safe Sleep Month. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends remembering the A-B-C rule; the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association is one of 140 groups taking the "Purple Purse Challenge" to help survivors of abuse regain their independence. Image courtesy of the Allstate Foundation.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - High-profile cases of domestic violence have fueled the public's demand that the crime carry serious consequences. The avalanche of pressure was triggered in part by the case of suspended National Football League player Ray Rice. Michelle Fiore, AmeriCorps Program Director with the ...Read More

PHOTO: Lily Eskelsen Garcia began her career in education as a lunchroom worker and put herself through college, eventually becoming a teacher and one of the highest-ranking labor leaders in the nation. She fears high college costs will keep others from achieving similar goals if states don't reinvest in higher education. Photo courtesy of NEA.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - She was the first in her family to go to college, but the head of the nation's largest teachers' union fears many Michigan children won't be able to accomplish the same goal if something isn't done about the cost of higher education. As part of a nationwide tour, Lily Eskelsen ...Read More

PHOTO: The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is among the groups fighting to reform school discipline policies to keep the most vulnerable kids in the classroom and out of the criminal-justice system. Photo credit: Larry Farr/Morguefile.

YPSILANTI, Mich. - It's supposed to be a safe place to learn and grow, but some youth advocates say in Michigan there is a growing tendency to criminalize rather than educate children, which is why they are working to fight what's been dubbed the "school-to-prison pipeline." Peri Stone-Palmquist, e ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A majority of North Carolina voters from both parties believe investment in early childhood education will boost the state's economy. Graphic courtesy: N.C. Early Childhood Foundation.

GARNER, N.C. - A whopping 83 percent of North Carolina voters from both political parties believe investing in early childhood learning programs will boost short- and long-term economic growth, according to a new bipartisan poll conducted by the N.C. Early Childhood Foundation and The First Five Yea ...Read More

Photo: New Census data indicates children who receive adequate food at home, and at school, also perform better academically in school. Photo courtesy: The Children's Aid Society.

DAYTON, Ohio - The latest Census data indicates poverty is on the decrease nationwide for the first time since 2006. In Ohio, the poverty rate number now sits at 16 percent for 2013, slightly above the national average, but the proportion of children living in poverty in Ohio and the rest of the cou ...Read More

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