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A vibrant source of News & Inspiration
For reporters, editors, producers, educators, and students, JCCF aims to deepen, spotlight, encourage and support media coverage of the complex and urgent issues that affect children, youth and families in the U.S. Learn more »
Children who lack decent dental care become adults with bad teeth - a source of shame, pain, and discrimination. in the U.S., a perfect smile is code for higher class.
Storyline, Washington Post
While college enrollment is at an all time high, for low-income students the road to graduation day is filled with obstacles and challenges.
When a judge refused to delay a hearing during an attorney’s maternal leave and then reprimanded the attorney for bringing her four-week-old child to court, women said it underscored society’s lack of understanding towards working mothers.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
With great sadness, I announce that the Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was spanked as a kid.
It was rare. Sometimes with a belt.
My 50-year-old self can say with confidence that I was not traumatized by it... but as a parent, I am convinced that spanking is wrong.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
We care and so should you. Twelve million children in the U.S are in some form of child care. It's a struggle for parents to find, choose, keep and afford quality care for their children.
The Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014.
Formerly the Casey Journalism Center, JCCF was founded 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which recognized the crucial role of the news media in shining a spotlight on the lives of children and families in the U.S. The foundation launched the center at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, a school renown for public affairs journalism. For the past two decades, JCCF has helped inspire, support, spread and reward excellent reporting on kids. We've trained and assisted hundreds of journalists in every kind of media in every part of the the U.S.
JCCF's funding will run out at the end of this year. The College has concluded that this Center is not sustainable in the current economic climate. Indeed, these are very challenging times in the worlds of journalism and education.
Read Center Director Julie Drizin's letter to the JCCF Community.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Two professors reach a startling conclusion in their new book on child care policy in the United States: “We, as a society, do not value children and families.”
“In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy” by Elizabeth Palley and Corey Shdaimah, examines why there has... Read more
Friday, August 01, 2014
“This book began with a brutal murder, a viral video and a cup of coffee..."
The introductory sentence of “How Long Will I Cry?” pulls you in like magnet, then traps you in a whirlwind of human misery that touches down, rips through Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, leaving a... Read more
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Homestretch, a new documentary by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, immerses us into the raw reality of the lives of three homeless youth in Chicago who teeter on the edge of hope. We teeter with them for 90 memorable minutes.
GET YOUR DATA: KIDS COUNT 2014 IS OUT
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book addresses and ranks the well-being of children across the states in four main categories: economics, education, health and family and community.
According to the report, in 2012, 16.3 million American children lived in poverty, a four percent rise from 2005. An increasing number of children live with only one parent or in communities with high concentrations of poverty.
Yet there was some good news. The data show that more children are attending preschool and graduating high school, and the teen birth rate is at an historic low. More kids have access to health care and fewer children are dying from illness and accidents.
KIDS COUNT also places special emphasis on disparities of child well-being based on income, race, ethnicity, and geography; and evidence-backed solutions that work. Read more.
Check out this round-up of news stories about KIDS COUNT from local and national news media.
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