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  • 05/19/10
    Jamila?s Corner: "Dear D.C. Councilmember, Step Up to the Plate!"
    "Dear Councilmember," the child carefully wrote on yellow lined paper. "I am 10 1/2 years old. I live with my family at the shelter. When I grow up, I want to be a singer. I think you need to find more money to help families find housing because people is in danger without a home. So please, please find more money. SO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND FIND MORE MONEY. Thank you for listening."
  • 05/19/10
    Challenges in Serving Rural American Children through the Summer Food Service Program
    Carsey Institute Report on the challenges of serving rural children through the summer food service program.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 03/26/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Haiti's Restavèk Children: The Child Servitude Crisis"
    The recent earthquake in Haiti gave the rest of the world a glimpse of a form of child suffering that often goes unseen. When a group of American missionaries were accused of child trafficking, many people were confused by the story that unfolded. How could parents have been desperate enough to agree to simply give their children away to strangers? Sadly, this wasn't just an isolated event that only happened because of the earthquake.
  • 02/24/10
    A Look at Children and the President's FY 2011 Federal Budget
    President Obama's 2011 Budget signals the Administration's continued commitment to children and families even in these extraordinarily tough economic times. It reflects the President's understanding that investing in children now will ensure a more stable economy and a healthier, more competitive workforce in the future.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 02/12/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Leaving the Littlest Ones Behind"
    When people talk about the "achievement gap" at-risk children face, they often think of it in terms that apply to school-age children—but that gap can start much earlier than most people might guess. A recent report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan research group Child Trends showed that disparities actually begin appearing before children's first birthdays.
  • Jamila Larson 02/12/10
    Jamila's Corner: "Coming of Age Homeless in Our Nation's Capital"
    It was the youngest ones who always got me. The newborn babies returning from the hospital to a homeless shelter as their first home. No balloons or fresh cribs waiting for them. The toothless toddlers smile broadly, wiggling across the dirty shelter floor, happy to be alive, oblivious to their circumstances in life.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 01/22/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Children Drop Out and Into Lives of Poverty and Imprisonment"
    A homeless man talking about how he ended up on the streets said he had wanted to get in with the "cool" crowd in 8th or 9th grade—a crowd that smoked marijuana, got into fights, and skipped school. No adult reached out to help him turn his life around so he continued his decline into a life of chronic joblessness and poverty, and long stretches of incarceration after he dropped out of school.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 12/11/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Beating the Odds in Tough Times"
    In these challenging economic times, when so many are struggling to keep their heads above water, life is toughest for children in broken families at the low end of the income scale. Yet despite struggling to live under the worst conditions, there are extraordinary young people who draw upon their inner strength to overcome the most daunting barriers.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 12/04/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Is There Still No Room in Our Inn for the Most Famous Poor Baby in History?"
    In this holy season of Advent, tens of millions of Christians are waiting for and preparing to celebrate the birthday of the most famous poor baby in history on Christmas Day. Yet that baby – born in a stable after being denied a room in the inn for his birth over 2,000 years ago – might still find "no room" signs in the health care inn in the richest nation on earth in 2009.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 11/20/09
    Child Watch® Column: "A Thanksgiving Prayer to End Poverty in Our Time"
    Thanksgiving is a time when many Americans pause to be grateful for all we have. In the current economic downturn when the gap between rich and poor is at the highest level since the Great Depression and the unemployment rate is 10.2 percent, millions of our neighbors, including many families with children, are struggling hard to count their blessings.
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