Free breakfasts for all Pa. schoolchildren to start on Oct. 1

Pennsylvania parents will soon be able to check making breakfast off their list of things to do in the morning rush to get their children ready for school. Starting Oct. 1 and running through the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, that morning meal will be provided in schools. Kari King, president and CEO of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alignment Between Early Childhood and Child Welfare Systems Benefits Children and Families

A new report from Child Trends focuses on the importance of alignment between the child welfare and early childhood education systems and recommends better collaboration and coordination across systems to serve children and families.

Coalition urges Pa. lawmakers to adopt a state earned income tax credit to help working poor

A diverse coalition of advocacy groups have come together to promote an anti-poverty initiative that has the potential to benefit as many as 874,000 low- to moderate-income Pennsylvania households. The groups are pushing for Pennsylvania to become the 31st state to enact a refundable state earned income tax credit, which would reduce the tax burden […]