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 […]

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 […]

What We See in the Shameful Trends on U.S. Maternal Health

Compared with its peers, the United States’ trajectory in maternal health has been shameful. Solving this worsening problem requires looking not just at the quality of care a woman receives but the entire environment around her — from her access to health care to the availability of food in her community.

Sen. Casey officially introduces his Five Freedoms for America’s Children Act, aims to make expanded child tax credit permanent

The bill proposes the most sweeping expansions to children’s health care, early education and school meal programs in recent memory, including increasing funding for child care subsidies; automatic enrollment in Medicaid through age 18, pulling in roughly 4 million uninsured infants to teens; and making permanent the expanded child tax credit — monthly payments made available to millions of American families on a temporary basis under Congress’ latest round of pandemic relief.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Releases 2021 State of Children’s Health Care Report

More than 2 in 5 children in PA now rely on publicly funded or supported health insurance Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), the only statewide advocacy organization with a public policy agenda that spans a child’s life prenatally through adulthood, today released its 2021 State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania: Health Insurance During the […]