Monthly checks to flow to Pa. children, families under tax credit tweak in new federal stimulus
The sweeping legislation includes billions of dollars to support child care facilities, expand food assistance benefits, and send cash straight to families' bank accounts.
We need paid parental leave for all Pennsylvanians This is how to make it happen | Opinion
The research on both mother and infant health in the weeks following childbirth indicates that lengthier and more supportive post-birth leaves are essential.
I’m the father of a third-grader: How the pandemic taught me new ways to be a parent | Jamar Thrasher
By Jamar Thrasher During this pandemic, nostalgia has been tugging at my heart, mostly when it comes to parenting. Parents are coping with taking an imperfect approach to parenting in the middle of a pandemic. An African proverb insists that it takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when the village is […]
These Pa. families are using gender-affirming parenting to help their kids to explore their own identities
Supporting a child and building their self-esteem as it relates to their gender identity– is on the rise throughout the United States.
Pa’s Houlahan: Deal on paid family leave for federal employees is ‘huge news” for American families
By Allison Winter WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits […]
Father’s Day 2019: Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids – but often don’t | Opinion
Studies suggest men often choose being a good father over being healthy.
In Cumberland County, Pa. Sen. Casey makes the case for closing ‘WIC gap’
As he looks to make fixes to a federal program that gives new mothers and their children a leg up on nutrition and healthy habits, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey turned to experts for advice. Sitting in the cafeteria at a suburban Harrisburg grocery store, Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator listened intently as workers on the front […]
Mother’s Day 2019: A psychologist explains why Mom is the mother of all heroes | Opinion
A good mother feeds you, protects you, loves you, helps you connect with others and encourages you to become your best self.
‘Black dignity:’ A recent book puts it front and center — as it should be | Anwar Curtis
Sometimes adults need a village of their own.
Pregnant women shouldn’t have to choose between a job and a healthy baby | Opinion
By Jeannette Cox Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby. Walmart, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is a case in point. In 2007, the retailer fired Heather Wiseman for carrying around a bottle of water […]
Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds
Pennsylvania is making progress at encouraging strong families, and becoming a state where infants and toddlers can grow up in good health and encounter positive early learning experiences, a new report has found. The Keystone State is listed among 13 states, including neighboring New Jersey and Ohio, that are “improving outcomes” when it comes to raising […]
The soaring cost of U.S. child care, in 5 charts | Opinion
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.