children

Poverty
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Impoverished Children Starts With Parents

Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Credit Bridge Meadows

Helping children in poverty needs to start with their parents. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There are approximately 126 thousand Oregon children under age 8 living below the poverty line. Most of their parents don't have a higher education degree and many don't have year round work. Children First for Oregon Spokeswoman Tonia Hunt says the State needs to work on ways to improve the family budget.

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Youth Issues
1:20 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Minority Children Face Disparity In Opporunity Throughout Oregon

Credit www.cffo.org

Minority children in Oregon have fewer opportunities to emerge from poverty than their white peers. That's according to a report released earlier this week from the advocacy group, Children First for Oregon.

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Oregon children
12:26 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

One in Four Oregon Children in Poverty, Report Says

Credit Children First for Oregon

Nearly one in four Oregon children lives in poverty. That's according to a new report on child well-being.

The 2014 Progress Report from Children First for Oregon shows about 23 percent of children in the state live in poverty. The report defines poverty at or below an annual income of 23-thousand - 50 dollars for a family of four. Tonia Hunt is Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. She says for very young children, poverty can mean less stability, access to health care, and inadequate childcare while parents are working.

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Child Care
7:12 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Child Care: The Affordability Trap

With stay-at-home parents increasingly rare, finding high quality, affordable child care has become a major challenge for many families. A recent report found Oregon has the least-affordable child care in the nation. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty takes a look at the hurdles parents face and how some are coping with the squeeze.

In the predawn dark on a weekday morning, Natasha Hale hustles to get her two rambunctious sons ready for their day. As she pours milk and cereal in the kitchen, Hale talks about her daily schedule, which starts at 5 a.m.

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Crime & Law
5:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Women Exiting Prison Have New Place To Reconnect With Their Children

Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood of Eugene.
Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed October 30, 2013

State Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Children will be out in the streets trick-or-treating for Halloween. Oregon Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be careful.

O-DOT warns children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by cars on Halloween. The increase in foot traffic has prompted warnings to drivers to be more alert in neighborhoods and areas with more pedestrians. Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings says the best thing children can do is ‘see and be seen.’

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