Watchdog Projects Ongoing Drop in Share of Federal Spending on Kids

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.

More Money—and Stricter Scrutiny—for Child Care

“What we’re seeing is an influx of state policymakers starting to wrap their arms around the fact that learning doesn’t start in kindergarten,” said Bruce Atchison of the Education Commission of the States.

Share of Kids Facing Food Insecurity Still Above Pre-Recession Levels

“In 16 states, more than one-in-five children live in food insecure households,” new research from The Hamilton Project notes.

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

Some advocates for children being raised by grandparents worry that a new federal law will make it more difficult for caregivers to get help from state agencies and financial assistance.

Everyone's Welcome: Saving Families With Movie Nights and Meetups

Can family enrichment centers help keep kids out of foster care?

This New Federal Law Will Change Foster Care As We Know It

Most child welfare advocates have hailed the changes, but some states that rely heavily on group homes fear that now they won’t have enough money to pay for them.

29 Local Governments Selected for Childhood Development Partnership

Communities selected for StriveTogether have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring kids have a strong start in life.

Food Stamps Fall Short of Meal Costs in Most Counties, Study Finds

The findings come at a time when the Trump administration has proposed lower spending on the program in the coming years.

Some Hospitals in Appalachia See Surges of Opioid Babies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.

Chicago Focuses Its Quality of Life Index on Youth

Chronic, concentrated joblessness has caused young, black men to struggle in the nation's third-largest city, and an index will assist officials in refining services to help them be successful.

The CHIP Reauthorization Saga Is Over But the Damage Has Already Been Done

State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.

Temporary CHIP Funding May Run Out Sooner Than Expected

That means hard conversations like when and how to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage altogether will be back on the table in some states.

Alabama to Enact CHIP Enrollment Freeze in Two Weeks

The state has also announced that it will be forced to terminate coverage altogether on Feb. 1 if Congress fails to act.

Here’s What CHIP Means to This Pittsburgh Mom of Three

“I think they need to see the faces of the mothers and children they’re impacting. We’re not numbers or budgets. We’re people.”

‘Parents Need to Know’: Virginia Sends Notifications That CHIP Coverage Could End

“[I]f one more congressman tells me ‘no problem, they believe in CHIP and they’re going to fund it’ and still they don’t, I think I’m going to scream. Because promises aren’t paying the bills and keeping kids covered.”

Emergency CHIP Funds for States Are Nearly Halfway Gone

States may not be able to count on reallocated money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for much longer.

New Maternal Mortality Strategy Relies on 'Medical Homes'

A North Carolina initiative that identifies low-income women whose pregnancies present a high risk to either the baby or mother could be the key to combatting the high maternal mortality rate in the U.S.