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 […]

Report: Pennsylvania Ranks 21st in Nation for Child Well-Being

Pennsylvania ranks in the middle among states for the well-being of its children. The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation lists Pennsylvania as 21st overall, and 24th for the number of uninsured children. The report showed the pandemic has brought no shortage of challenges. Carolyn Myers, director of communications for the Pennsylvania […]

COVID isn’t over — we still need protections for children

As American families struggle to rebound from the health and financial impacts of the pandemic, some of the protections put in place to shield children and families will wind down when the Biden administration ends its declaration of public health emergency (PHE), currently set to expire on July 15. We will know by May 16 whether or not Health […]

Capitolwire: Governor Wolf’s child welfare budget proposals draw notice.

The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, an advocacy group, suggests the above proposed targeted investments can support children and families in the long term after one-time federal COVID-19 pandemic stimulus funds are gone. “We are supportive of the $149 million increase for county welfare agencies, and the creation of the crisis response team to increase county […]

Foster care nightmare cases aren’t the norm. But the norm still fails to meet the need in PA.

Because poverty-related issues are often what pulls children from their homes, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a child advocacy organization, supports the idea of more state and federal funds being used to ease those burdens. “More often than not, children and families that come to the attention of child welfare and then come into placement are for […]