Children + Families

Arkansas Women's Commission chair Alison Williams speaks at a press conference

Child care access a barrier to women’s workforce participation in Arkansas, study finds

BY: - December 7, 2022

Access to quality child care and health services are challenges facing Arkansas women, according to a study by the Arkansas Commission on the Status of Women.  The 19-member commission formally presented its final report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday. It was the first report produced by the group in nearly half a century. The challenge […]

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A child joins his father at a food pantry in the Bronx, New York City in September 2022. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 22, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]

Mississippi moms and babies suffer disproportionately; Medicaid expansion could help.

BY: - November 22, 2022

During her 14 years working as an OB-GYN in Greenville, Dr. Lakeisha Richardson has seen five patients diagnosed with breast cancer during their pregnancies. Most of them did not have health insurance prior to pregnancy, so going to the doctor for annual checkups was neither affordable nor routine. They missed out on clinical screenings and […]

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Arkansas’ request for rehearing on gender-law injunction denied

BY: - November 16, 2022

A temporary halt on enforcement of Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming care for minors remains in effect after a federal appeals court on Wednesday denied the state’s request for a rehearing. In August, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s injunction that blocked implementation of Act 626 of […]

Students at an Ohio elementary school help gather items for a food bank drive. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Feeding America)

Studies: Gains against childhood hunger lost after child tax credit ended

BY: - November 15, 2022

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15, 2022. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found […]