The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out. The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults

The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is. by Dylan Matthews@dylanmattdylan@vox.com  Feb 28, 2019 California Democrats Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee in the Capitol’s Statuary …

Climate crisis and a betrayed generation: Activists behind recent youth-led climate protests say their views are being ignored in the debate about global warming

The Guardian, Letters, Fri 1 Mar 2019  Belgian students at a climate demonstration in Antwerp on Thursday. Photograph: Stéphanie Lecocq/EPA We, the young, are deeply concerned about our future. Humanity is currently causing the sixth mass extinction of species and the global climate system is at the brink of a catastrophic crisis. Its devastating impacts are already felt by millions …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …

Day care for all

CreditCredit Illustration by Tyler Comrie; Photographs by Chloe Gudy/EyeEm, and Jamie Grill, via Getty Images Day Care for All The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea. By Katha Pollitt Feb. 9, 2019 When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many …

Can Parks Make Kids Better at Math?

By RACHEL DOVEY, in NextCity, Sept 11, 2018 Central Park in New York City. (Credit: Library of Congress) Kids need parks — from obesity and asthma rates to psychological indicators, research repeatedly shows that green space has a tremendous impact on children’s health.  But could trees, swings and bike paths also make kids good at math? A study published this month in the British Journal of …

Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need

Science Daily, Aug 2018 Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need. In a paper published in PLoS Medicine, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climate …

The U.S. Spends Far Too Little on Social Welfare

By Nathaniel Lewis March 26, 2018 at the People’s Policy Project.  See how to directly support at the link below! Alexander Rabb / Flickr The US government has a spending problem. Given the country’s level of wealth, the government spends far too little — at least $1.6 trillion a year too little — on social welfare. This exacerbates problems like poverty and inequality, …