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  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/18/12
    Child Watch® Column: "No Holiday for Hunger"
    Summer is usually imagined as a carefree time for children and families—a lazy, relaxing season filled with cookouts, backyard picnics, and trips to the ice cream truck. We don’t usually equate “summer vacation” and empty stomachs.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/11/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Working Hard to Get Back on Track"
    Since childhood, 21-year-old Ashante Dickens has had a clear goal: “I want to be an elementary school teacher. That’s my passion.” She got good grades in school, and did well enough in high school to be allowed to take a few early enrollment classes at a nearby college in early childhood education. She was on the road to realizing her dream when a family problem changed her course.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/27/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Safe Harbor for the Homeless"
    Five-year-old Kamari and his three-year-old brother Shamarr clown around in the dining room of the YWCA Family Center in Columbus, Ohio. They and their mother, Stekeshia Harris, slept on cots in the shelter’s library for their first three nights there because there were so many homeless families needing shelter—a 330 percent increase from two years ago.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 03/02/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now"
    When a child is in mortal danger, we put out an Amber Alert to tell the whole community that we are in pursuit of the child and whoever is endangering her. It is a time of utmost urgency and everyone has to get involved, to be on the lookout, and do whatever is needed to help rescue the child in danger.
  • 03/01/12
    Analysis of President Obama’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal
    A breakdown and analysis of the President's 2013 budget proposal as it relates to children and families.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 02/24/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Medicaid: Help in Hard Times"
    February marks the third anniversary of the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which has made significant improvements in health coverage for millions of children. About two-thirds of all uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled due largely to bureaucratic barriers. CHIPRA has addressed those barriers head on by including performance bonuses to encourage states to simplify their enrollment procedures and meet targets for enrolling the lowest income children.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 02/17/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Desperately Working To Stay Afloat"
    At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 02/10/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Still Hungry in America"
    "There were some times where, you know, we wouldn't have that much food, and I would tell my mom, 'I'm not hungry, don't worry about it,' and I lost a lot of weight. I remember I used to be a size five, and I went from a size five to a size zero," a New York high school senior said in December.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 02/03/12
    Child Watch® Column: "'I Just Want a Job'"
    The January jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor was good news for the 243,000 people who found jobs. And good news for the American economy as the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest level in nearly three years. This is the 16th straight month of jobs growth, but the recovery can't come soon enough for the millions of long-term unemployed like Tiffany Hanebuth from Middletown, Ohio.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 01/27/12
    Child Watch® Column: "Rescuing the American Dream"
    For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children. The President said making sure students graduate from high school and are able to go to college must be a priority. He said, "Higher education can't be a luxury - it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford."
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