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Public News Service - MO: Children's

Missouri business leaders are helping to raise awareness about youth homelessness by sleeping outside. (Covenant House Missouri)

ST. LOUIS – Instead of heading to the comfort of home after a day at the office, dozens of Missouri business leaders are gearing up for a cold night outside. Covenant House Missouri is hosting its annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition in St. Louis to raise money for services that provide safet

Without health insurance, some Missouri kids only access medical care in the event of an emergency. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri is among states experiencing a serious erosion in children's health coverage, according to a new report. The findings, released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, indicated there were 12,000 more uninsured Missouri kids in 2018 than i

Kansas City has one of the largest after-school chess programs in the country, attracting students of all ages. (venturaartist/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The game of chess dates back to the sixth century, and Kansas City schools are capitalizing on that staying power to get children involved in playing a game known to enhance students' self-confidence, thinking skills and academic achievement. More than 40 schools in the Ka

An analysis of the share of federal spending on things such as education and child-abuse prevention shows a 10% decline since fiscal year 2015. (Brian A. Jackson/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new report shows the share of federal spending on children was at an all-time low in fiscal year 2019. The 13th annual Children's Budget Book, released today, finds the share of spending on children - at 7.21% - is down 10% in the past four years. Bruce Lesley is pres

Young farmers, age 35 years or less, make up 10% of Missouri farmers while about 25% of farmers were considered new and beginning farmers, with 10 years or less of experience. (pewtrusts.org)

POTOSI, Mo. – The Washington County Home Grown Tour and Field Dinner will draw a community together in Missouri this weekend, and two students planning a future in agriculture will benefit. The event allows people to see the variety of family farming opportunities available in Washington Cou

The annual Missouri snapshot of child well-being shows improvement in family and community, economic and education categories, but a need for improvement in areas of health. (biker3/AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - For the past five years, Missouri has made continuous improvements in reducing the number of children younger than age 18 living in poverty and experiencing food insecurity. In other areas, however, the state has work to do. In the latest update from Missouri Kids Count, progr

Missouri increased its number of foster-care children living with a relative or close family friend by 10% over the most recent 10-year reporting period, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (adoptuskids.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Despite a nationwide increase in the number of kids in foster care, Missouri has made inroads in placing more kids who would otherwise remain in institutional or group settings with families. A nationwide Annie E. Casey Foundation report looked at foster-child placement

Community health workers in some Missouri schools help students find resources beyond school, from health services to shoes or clothing if needed. (sonja_paetow/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Kids need both social and emotional tools to be successful in school, and one Missouri school district is doing its best to see that they get both. The Eldon School District is using grant money to educate what they call the "whole child." That has meant hiring a community hea

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