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    The High Cost of Being Poor in New Hampshire

    Anti-Poverty Programs Help Alleviate Costs, But More Must Be Done to Reduce Burdens It is welcome news that the poverty rate in New Hampshire declined from 9.2 percent in 2014 to 8.2 percent in 2015 and declined nationally from 15.5 percent in 2014 to 14.7 percent in 2015.[i] Sustained economic gains, strengthened by federal and […]

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    Take a stand for families

    “I can’t believe how much child care costs.” Chances are, you’ve heard this from a parent, or said it yourself. Early care and education are critical for a child’s developing brain. Reliable, flexible child care options are essential for working parents trying to make ends meet. But they are out of reach for too many […]

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    Maine Musings – Advocacy Events in Maine

    Mainely Kids From our friends at Maine Equal Justice Partners:   MEJP Legislative Listening Sessions Do You Help People with Low Income? Case Managers | Social Workers | Legal Aid Providers | Advocates | Home Visitors Are Your Clients Stuck in Broken Systems? Housing  |  Food  |  Health Care  |  Income What Do Your Clients […]

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    Granite State Rumblings – What’s new with Head Start?

    Head Start programs are undergoing major requirement revisions for the first time since 1975. Announced on September 1st, the Obama administration’s proposals include expanding Head Start to a full day for everyone, raising professional development and curriculum standards, and beefing up services for children with disabilities or who still need to learn English. “Today we’re […]

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    Growing up Granite – Primary Day!

    Today is the New Hampshire Primary. Click here to find your polling place. Click here to see a sample ballot. Need more information? Check out the League of Women Voters of NH’s website by clicking here. Not registered to vote? Not a problem! You can register at your polling place. But most importantly, lace up […]

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    The Opportunity Nation Policy Plan

    At Every Child Matters, our mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap that keeps up to a third of America’s kids from equal access to the American Dream. We conduct nonpartisan issue campaigns in states and localities around the country, including during election campaigns, to raise the profile of issues affecting children. That’s why we’re […]

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    Maine Musings – Yes on Question 4

    Mainely Kids Last Friday I spoke at a press conference at the YWCA in Lewiston on increasing the minimum wage – Question 4. Here are my comments: Every day in Maine, workers, who despite working full-time jobs, are struggling to get by on wages at or just above the minimum wage. They face painful choices. […]

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    Granite State Rumblings – Putting Families First

    From our friends at Talk Poverty is this article by Megan Martin and Shadi Hoshyar. 3 Safety Net Improvements That Could Help Keep Families Together There is a common narrative about the families who are involved with child welfare systems—one that portrays parents as abusive and unfit (or unwilling) to care for their children. But […]

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    Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs in Communities of Concentrated Poverty

    Well-run afterschool and summer programs provide a safe, supervised environment in which children from varied backgrounds can play sports, get homework help, explore new topics, do crafts, and receive nutritious snacks and meals. Research has found these programs have a positive impact on students’ educational achievement and social skills. So, it’s not surprising that these […]

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    What are Iowa candidates saying about kids?

    It’s that time of year again, children are back in school and Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to summer. It also marks the final stretch of the 2015-16 election season. The countdown is on with only 28 days before early voting starts in Iowa and 68 days before Election Day. Every Child Matters […]

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