October 22, 1999 |
Former Sen. Bill Bradley challenged the nation yesterday to eliminate child poverty within a decade, likening his proposals to John F. Kennedy's goal of landing a man on the moon. Speaking in the low-income neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Democratic presidential candidate laid out what he called a "down payment" toward solving what is "perhaps the most intractable American problem of this century. " Bradley's proposal - which he said would cost taxpayers $9.8 billion in its first year and an undetermined amount after that - would provide a series of tax credits, child-care subsidies, minimum-wage increases and educational programs to cut the number of poor children from 13.5 million now to 6.5 million after eight years.
September 26, 2012 |
By 10 a.m. Saturday, at least 75 people had lined the sidewalk outside St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Glassboro. Some held infants, some waited in wheelchairs, and some helped the elderly carry canvas bags or push small carts. They had all come for food. Asked what was left in his kitchen at home, Tim, 13, giggled. "Carrots," the Elk Township teen said. Not a favorite. "Good morning, everyone," Vivian Hanson, the archdeacon's wife, shouted as she opened the door of the Gloucester County church.
October 29, 2004 |
Nearly half of Camden's children live in poverty, a rate that makes it the highest in New Jersey, surpassing Asbury Park and Newark, according to a study released yesterday. Camden Kids Count, a profile on child well-being, offers this statistic and others that portray a mostly bleak picture of the waterfront city. But the report also shows progress in reducing the number of low-birth-weight babies and increasing prenatal care. "The importance of [the study] is that we now have a baseline from which to judge and address program services data," said Mary Coogan, assistant director of the Association for Children of New Jersey.
November 22, 2000 |
The child-poverty rate declined in Philadelphia during most of the 1990s, but it climbed slightly in some suburban counties amid the economic expansion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate being released today. From 1995 to 1997, the poverty rate rose in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties, and in New Jersey's Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties. During that period, the only suburban county to show improvement was Chester County, in which it fell slightly. The uptick - which took place after a decline in the first half of the decade - comes despite steadily falling poverty rates nationwide and in Pennsylvania, according to previous census reports.
December 12, 2013 |
The scenes are too common for comfort: A mother grabs her daughter's arm roughly on the bus. A father at a Wawa growls coarsely into his son's ear. Not legally defined as child abuse, it's known as harsh or authoritarian parenting. Regardless of race or income level, mothers and fathers everywhere are capable of it. But low-income parents who struggle with stresses from overwhelming issues such as hunger, or lack of a job or adequate housing, seem to engage in harsh parenting more often, researchers have concluded.
June 23, 2014 |
"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. " - Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer It's spring, and once again I find myself sitting on my back porch gazing at the disparities on the two sides of our modest backyard. On the sunny side, a dozen varieties of flowers blossom in a colorful collage of reds, blues and whites, attracting honeybees and even hummingbirds. On the shady side, the ground is hard, the grass grows poorly, and the colors are bland.
February 24, 1993 |
If you were to set out, as Stephen Shames did in 1984, to photograph an American social malaise, you couldn't help but get it right, especially if you looked in cities. Traveling around the country for five years, Shames, a former Inquirer photographer, compiled a series of pictures of children who live in poverty. He found the condition so widespread, involving 20 percent of American children, that he has become a crusader against it. Shames' photographs have been turned into a book, Outside the Dream (Aperture, $29.95)
September 30, 2003 |
Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation Let the hyperventilating begin. Expect critics of the Bush administration to seize on the U.S. Census Bureau's annual report on poverty. Look, they'll say, poverty's up. They'll blame tax cuts. Or the war in Iraq. Or the gap between rich and poor. Heck, they may try to pin it on SUVs. They're right about one small thing: Child poverty did rise - very slightly - in 2002. But the increase is minimal compared to prior recessions.
August 30, 2000 |
If the political exploitation of children were a crime, most of our political leaders would be doing hard time. Put 'em away, I say. Three "do it for the childrens" and you're out. At the Republican and Democratic conventions, children were trotted out to sing, deliver slogans and represent the supposedly compassionate policies of both parties. A group of children at the Democratic convention even had to take the stage to recite lines like "When I grow up, will innocent kids still be wrongfully touched?