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PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...Read More

PHOTO: Pennsylvania college students pay the third-highest tuition in the nation, and graduate with the third-highest amount of debt for a four-year college. Photo credit: Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new report shows the long slide in state funding for higher public higher education has continued over the past four years, with negative impacts on individuals seeking a college education - and on the economy as a whole. Stephen Herzenberg, an economist and executive director o ...Read More

PHOTO: Crafting policies that can narrow the historically high income gaps in Oregon and the U.S. is a focus of this week's Neighborhood Partnerships RE:conference in Salem. Photo credit: abluecup/iStockphoto.com

SALEM, Ore. – When communities put the right programs and policies in place, they can spark progress for families. This week, a two-day conference in Salem examines what Oregon could be doing to make the biggest impact. The Oregon nonprofit group Neighborhood Partnerships calls it a RE:confe ...Read More

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: A series of events called Put the Middle Class First is coming to West Virginia this week. Photos of a past rally courtesy of Put the Middle Class First.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A tour called Put the Middle Class First pulls into West Virginia this week with events in Charleston and Huntington. Although the tour is aimed at getting people fired up ahead of the election, a political party doesn’t organize the rallies. Jenny Moles of Cross ...Read More

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