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Report raises hopes on kids in N.M.


June 12, 2003
Joline Gutierrez Krueger

New Mexico continues to rank at the bottom of the state-by-state rankings for child poverty – as it has for the past two years – but it is now tied with Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the Kids Count Data Book 2003 released today.

Report: Well-Being of Va.’s Children Improves


June 12, 2003
Hillary Copsey

The Kids Count report released Tuesday ranked Virginia 14th overall among the states in 10 major indicators of child well-being.

State shows gain in helping children, but still lags behind


June 12, 2003
Mark Hollis

Florida is making headway at improving children’s health, education and overall well-being, although most other states are doing better, according to a national study that examines how well America is caring for its young.

Editorial: From the roots up


June 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

The School Readiness Act presages a future in which state and federal preschool programs collaborate, if not consolidate, and operate under more uniform quality and accountability guidelines. The plan properly calls for greater emphasis on teacher quality: Head Start’s own longitudinal study of its children has found that despite improvement, too many reach school age…

Editorial: A child’s eye view


June 11, 2003

It’s simple: Money spent to foster well-educated and healthy children is money spent on a better future for Louisiana.

Georgia edges up on child care issues, but still ranks low


June 11, 2003
Craig Schneider

The percentage of children in preschool is up.

Head Start’s success debated


June 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Felicia Thomas-Lynn

Report says youngsters lag behind peers in skills

House Republicans Rewrite Head Start Provision


June 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

Facing intense criticism as they work to reshape Head Start, House Republicans today rewrote a provision of the bill that had attracted the most opposition from child welfare advocates. The measure originally opened the way for states to take over the federal program, with what critics contended were insufficient safeguards to ensure that the states…

Nebraska fares well in report on kids


June 11, 2003
Mike Bockoven

But questions linger over what lies on the horizon

Pennsylvania improves a little in caring for kids


June 11, 2003
Steve Levin

A pair of new reports released today further amplify the link between poverty and lowered outcomes for children living in the midst of it.