Changes to the “public charge” rule could make it harder for immigrants to secure green cards if they seek government services like Medicaid.
Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”
The proposed federal guidelines would eliminate square footage and bedroom requirements, among other changes.
“With an improving economy and a very low unemployment rate, the fact that our nation is going backwards on children’s health coverage is very troubling,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families.
One in five children being raised by extended family members—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live in an immigrant household, more than half a million children, a new report shows.
Paperwork, administrative burdens and transportation issues can lead to lower participation among children in rural areas, experts said at a House subcommittee hearing.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.
“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.
“In 16 states, more than one-in-five children live in food insecure households,” new research from The Hamilton Project notes.
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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.
Can family enrichment centers help keep kids out of foster care?
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.
Communities selected for StriveTogether have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring kids have a strong start in life.
The findings come at a time when the Trump administration has proposed lower spending on the program in the coming years.
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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.
State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.
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