Renewing CHIP Is Bipartisan No-brainer

Though none of us in the child health advocacy world asked for a restructuring of Medicaid funding, we are asking for continued funding for another health coverage program for kids — the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Access to Arts Is Linked to Greater Well-Being in Economically Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, Study Says

As spring slides toward summer, kids at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, D.C, are beginning to audition for roles in the summer musical performance, Fiddler on the Roof.
“Summer is a really rich time here,” said Maureen Dwyer, executive director of the 16-year-old center, which provides after-school music, drama, dance, visual arts, digital arts and creative writing classes to about 500 children per semester.

LGBT Youth Promote Justice By Creating Their Own Media

We face grave dangers to social gains that have been hard won by social movements: the possibility of a so-called “religious freedom” executive order (not yet passed at presstime) that would amount to a green light for anti-LGBT discrimination...

Shame Affect: An Underlying Emotion in Children

A caring and compassionate adult can provide a strong, corrective emotional experience for a child by consistently showing them that they are valuable and special.

Bathroom Bills and Trans Youth

As a queer Jewish teenager, I have the uncommon privilege of having relationships with people between 20 and 50 years older than me with similar intersectionalities.

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State-sanctioned Ransom Should Have No Place in Child Welfare

A March 3 Philadelphia Inquirer story begins this way:

After 12 years with an abusive partner — 12 years of black eyes and broken fingers, a shattered wrist and a busted nose — Carmen Rivera came to a realization: “It was either me leaving, or I was going to be dead.”

I Used to Love America: How a Racist Jail System Changed Me

I spent my 18th birthday incarcerated, and saw many of my peers do the same. Our formative years formed within the confines of a stagnant system. Jail was the first time I saw the issues of racism and classism in America. Slavery built us, and prisons create an underclass of black and brown color.

Placing Students Last Doesn’t Make America Great

Federal budget director Mick Mulvaney recently revealed that President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” was largely culled from Trump’s speeches and interviews throughout his campaign.