Childcare

Government passes $1.6bn childcare reforms – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Turnbull government has secured its long awaited $1.6bn childcare package, reforms it says will benefit one million Australian families. To secure the positive vote in the Senate on Thursday night, the government agreed to crossbench amendments, including banning childcare subsidies for families earning more than $350,000. The Nick Xenophon Team also demanded the government maintain $61.8m in existing childcare funding for Indigenous, remote and disadvantaged communities, and commit an…

Afghan Children, Deprived of School, Tell of Their Deepest Fears – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Daycare provider left children alone to tan, workout, Oregon prosecutors say – WTVD-TV

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prosecutors said a daycare provider in Oregon faces more than 100 criminal counts after being accused of leaving children as young as six months old alone multiple times to go to a tanning salon and gym. A grand jury indicted 31-year-old January Neatherlin of Bend of criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment. Authorities said she was arrested last week after police found seven children alone in her home. State records show…

Couple beat children with fraternity paddle, power cords, report says – MLive.com

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI – An Ypsilanti Township couple accused of beating their children with paddles and whipping them with extension cords are facing multiple felonies, according to court documents. Shivohn May, 35, is charged with first-degree child abuse and third-degree child abuse in the presence of another child, court records show. Her husband, Michael Gerard May II, 34, is charged with six counts of first-degree child abuse, one count of…

Literacy program to donate 1000 books to Stamford children – The Advocate

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Caption Close STAMFORD — A company known for its national literacy program is donating 1,000 books to city children in March as part of its “Read to Succeed” month. KPMG — an audit, tax and advisory firm with offices in Stamford — has distributed three million books nationwide since the inception of its Family for Literacy program in 2008. The initiative seeks to eradicate childhood illiteracy by raising awareness about…

Heatproof Rotavirus Vaccine a ‘Game Changer’ for Children in Africa – Newsweek

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

A new vaccine which does not denature in heat and costs less than $2.50 is a “game changer” for African children affected by a virus that causes more than 1,000 deaths per day, according to Médecins Sans Frontères (MSF). The medical charity said Wednesday that successful trials of the vaccine—known as BRV-PV—had been conducted on 4,000 children under the age of two in the West African country of Niger. The…

Children detained in Victoria had to defecate on floor while locked down in cells, report says – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Children are routinely and inappropriately locked down in their cells and subject to unacceptable levels of isolation within Victoria’s youth justice system, a damning report to parliament has revealed. Some children were forced to urinate and defecate on the floor, according to the report by the Commission for Children and Young People. The report, called The Same Four Walls, details long-standing issues of understaffing, poor transparency and extensive use of…

State money will help children victimized by drug crisis – The Columbus Dispatch

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rita Price The Columbus Dispatch @RitaPrice More than a dozen southern Ohio counties whose public child-welfare agencies have been overwhelmed by the state’s drug crisis are set to try a new intervention program that combines treatment for parents and specialized victim services for their children. The pilot effort announced Wednesday is being funded with a $3.5 million Victims of Crime Act grant from the Ohio Attorney…

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school – ABC News

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday. Save the Children said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school this year due to growing instability and the forcible return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, adding…

Manhattan Theater Club Adds ‘The Children’ to Broadway’s 2017-18 Season – Variety

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

New York nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club has added Lucy Kirkwood’s play “The Children” to its 2017-18 Broadway season, along with an Off Broadway production of Anna Ziegler’s “Actually.” The two titles add up to three female-penned plays on MTC’s 2017-18 slate, which will also present Eve Ensler’s “In the Body of the World” Off Broadway next season. Harold Prince revue “Prince of Broadway” will get a run at MTC’s Broadway venue…

New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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10 year old girl donates stuffed animals for children in need – Bossier Press-Tribune Online

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017

A 10-year-old girl visited Bossier Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Monday afternoon and presented them with 150 brand new stuffed animals so they can then help other children in the community. Julianna Gouthiere, her father, Joe, and her 11-year-old brother, Joey, made the special visit to the Viking Drive Substation and presented the stuffed animals to Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and patrol deputies so they can give to children and…

The Syrian War Is Creating a Generation of Traumatized Children – The Nation.

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Children walk near a parked ambulance in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo province, Syria December 27, 2016. (Reuters / Khalil Ashawi) It should come as no surprise that if you hear bombs and bullets around the clock, you’ll have trouble sleeping at night. It doesn’t seem to keep up the President at night, though.1 Ad Policy With Trump proposing cuts to agencies and programs that would be integral to deescalating the Syrian…

Coalition offers to freeze family payment rates to get childcare bill passed – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Turnbull government will freeze the rate of family tax benefit for two years as part of a recut package of welfare savings to help pay for its $1.6bn childcare package. The government on Wednesday moved to extend the Senate sitting hours in an effort to push the childcare package and the recast savings bill through the parliament by week’s end. The government has taken the decision to ground its…

Popular coverage for children under 26 may be health law’s Achilles’ heel – CNNMoney

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Affordable Care Act struck a popular chord by allowing adult children to obtain health coverage through a parent’s plan until their 26th birthday. Now, seeking broad support for their efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, House Republicans have kept that guarantee intact. But it’s not clear whether that provision will be successful or a destabilizing force in the insurance marketplace. ‘; for (i = 0; i 4) {…

Baby born with four legs undergoes live-changing surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Advocate Children’s Hospital surgeons have successfully operated on a baby from Africa who was born with two spines and an extra set of legs protruding from her neck. The Park Ridge hospital announced Tuesday that 10-month-old Dominique from Ivory Coast, or Cote d’Ivoire, in west Africa, is recovering well from the March 8 surgery. The baby has already started sitting up again, said Nancy Swabb, who is hosting the infant…

Funds crisis pushes more children into care – report – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Image copyright Thinkstock More children are being taken into care, some unnecessarily, because councils in England cannot afford to intervene earlier, a report suggests. Late interventions often meant problems had escalated before support could be put in place, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children heard. Its report into children’s social care found 90% of councils were struggling to fulfil legal duties to children. The government said offering early help was…

Keeping children safe from prescription opioids – WCTV

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

By: CBS Los AngelesMarch 20, 2017 LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new study finds poison control centers in the U.S. receive 32 calls a day about children being exposed to prescription opioids. Doctors say there’s a disconnect between what parents know they should do and what they actually do to keep their medications away from children. The number of children exposed to prescription opioids has fallen since…