Keep an eye on your student’s mental health this back-to-school season

Students across the country are moving into dorms or getting ready to board school buses for their first day of class. But unlike the past two years, COVID-19 numbers are down nationally and most students are walking in the school doors without masks. From kindergarten all the way through college, educators are trying to convey a sense […]

LOCAL NEWS: Advocates call on Congress to renew federal home visit program

 It takes a village to raise a child. It’s an old adage that still rings true for many. “It’s tough,” Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children told FOX43. “It’s tough being a parent and it’s (been) tough being a parent over the past few years with the pandemic.” But for low-income and under-resourced […]

Anxiety, depression diagnoses spiked for Pa. kids during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee

It’s already well-established that the massive societal disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic took a huge toll on the mental health of America’s young people. New research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (h/t Axios Philadelphia) shows that the Keystone State’s children were diagnosed with anxiety and depression at a rate that slightly outpaced the national average. Thirteen percent of Pennsylvania’s […]

Pennsylvania advocates push for Congress to reauthorize home visit programs for kids and parents

Federal authorization for a program that helps pregnant women and families with young children will expire at the end of September, and Pennsylvania advocates are pushing Congress to renew it to avoid any disruption in services. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program provides home visiting services — a voluntary program for parents […]

One in 12 Pa. high-schoolers attempted suicide last year; advocates seek counselors, social workers

While slightly fewer Pennsylvania children are in poverty or have a parent without secure employment compared to last year, mental health needs continue to increase across the state. That’s according to new data from the Annie E Casey Foundation’s annual report on child wellbeing. Across the country, children are in the midst of what the […]