"The Senate voted this week to reauthorize a federal childcare subsidy program that hasn’t been updated in two decades, proof that the Senate can sometimes do things that are moderately OK things to do. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program allocates $5.3 billion in funds each year so that states can subsidize and improve childcare for low- […]
"A souped-up bus will bring 3-D printing, robotics and digital design instruction to Lansing's low-income areas as early as next summer. By August 2015, the Techtransport bus is expected to bring the nonprofit Information Technology Empowerment Center's classes to local communities whose residents can't afford Internet service. ITEC showe […]
"A bill that would provide meals for low-income students on days schools are shut down over winter weather was vetoed by Mayor Vincent Gray over concerns about funding and endangering children, leaving one Councilmember who created the legislation 'baffled.'"
"Millions of low-income children are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report. The report, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), says the administ […]
"Low-income students in some of Colorado’s more affluent school districts—Boulder, Cherry Creek, and St. Vrain Valley—are more likely to attend top colleges than their peers around the state. But across the state, and even in those districts, less well-off students attend elite schools at a lower rate than more affluent students."
"More than a third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income New Jersey communities are associated with behavioral health conditions, including mental health disorders and substance use, accounting for $880 million in annual inpatient costs, according to a new Rutgers study."
"With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connections."
"A pioneering scholarship program in Arizona is receiving an injection of cash from the federal government. The $2.5 million will support AZ Earn to Learn, which helps low-income students in the state pay for college. The program emphasizes financial responsibility. Students are required to save $500, participate in personal finance workshops, and meet […]
"How will clean energy policies affect low-income families and communities of color? This is a critical question to answer because low-income families, including a disproportionately large percentage of African Americans and Latinos, spend a greater portion of their income on utility bills. This means spikes in electricity costs can interrupt monthly fi […]
"Mayor Michael Nutter has made confronting poverty a staple of his administration’s five-year financial plan. Strategies include increasing training opportunities for low-skilled workers, language proficiency challenges and ex-offenders. Plans also include developing a pipeline to municipal job opportunities for low-income residents, launching four bene […]