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Rosenbaum, Sara; Blum, Robert – Future of Children, 2015
The past century has seen vast improvements in our children's health. The infectious diseases that once killed huge numbers of children have largely been conquered. Infant mortality has also fallen markedly, although the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in this and other measures of children's health. Accidents and injuries…
Descriptors: Child Health, Communicable Diseases, Infant Mortality, Accidents
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Huntington, Clare; Scott, Elizabeth – Future of Children, 2015
The U.S. legal system gives parents the authority and responsibility to make decisions about their children's health care, and favors parental rights over society's collective responsibility to provide for children's welfare. Neither the federal government nor state governments have an affirmative obligation to protect and promote children's…
Descriptors: Child Health, Legal Responsibility, Health Promotion, Parent Responsibility
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Baum, Sandy; Flores, Stella M. – Future of Children, 2011
The increasing role that immigrants and their children, especially those from Latin America, are playing in American society, Sandy Baum and Stella Flores argue, makes it essential that as many young newcomers as possible enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. Immigrant youths from some countries find the doors to the nation's colleges…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mexican Americans, Foreign Countries, Immigrants
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Ruhm, Christopher J. – Future of Children, 2011
The struggle to balance work responsibilities with family obligations may be most difficult for working parents of the youngest children, those five and under. Any policy changes designed to ease the difficulties for these families are likely to be controversial, requiring a careful effort to weigh both the costs and benefits of possible…
Descriptors: Mothers, Early Childhood Education, Federal Programs, Young Children
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Bookman, Ann; Kimbrel, Delia – Future of Children, 2011
Although most Americans know that the U.S. population is aging, they are far less informed about the reality of providing elders with personal care, health care, and social support. Families--particularly women--have always been critical in providing elder care, but the entry of so many women into the paid labor force has made elder care…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Family Work Relationship, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals)
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Boushey, Heather – Future of Children, 2011
The foundations of the major federal policies that govern today's workplace were put in place during the 1930s, when most families had a stay-at-home caregiver who could tend to the needs of children, the aged, and the sick. Seven decades later, many of the nation's workplace policies are in need of major updates to reflect the realities of the…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Government Role, Public Policy, Working Hours
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Osgood, D. Wayne; Foster, E. Michael; Courtney, Mark E. – Future of Children, 2010
D. Wayne Osgood, E. Michael Foster, and Mark E. Courtney examine the transition to adulthood for youth involved in social service and justice systems during childhood and adolescence. They survey the challenges faced by youth in the mental health system, the foster care system, the juvenile justice system, the criminal justice system, and special…
Descriptors: Runaways, Homeless People, Physical Disabilities, Chronic Illness
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Cawley, John – Future of Children, 2006
In examining the childhood obesity epidemic from the perspective of economics, John Cawley looks at both possible causes and possible policy solutions that work through markets. The operation of markets, says Cawley, has contributed to the recent increase in childhood overweight in three main ways. First, the real price of food fell. In…
Descriptors: Food Service, Obesity, Physical Activities, Nutrition
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Geen, Rob – Future of Children, 2004
Kin caregivers can provide continuity and connectedness for children who cannot remain with their parents. This is one reason kinship care has become the preferred placement option for foster children. However, despite the growing reliance on kin caregivers, kinship care policies have evolved with little coherent guidance. This article examines…
Descriptors: Placement, Caregivers, Family Relationship, Foster Care
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Seligson, Michelle E.; Brown, Cynthia G.; Barnes-O'Connor, Kimberly L.; Walker, Gary C. – Future of Children, 1999
Four essays by policy analysts approach programs for school-age children from differing perspectives, each identifying the key forces that influence the policy climate and directions for the future. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Financial Support
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Heclo, H. Hugh – Future of Children, 1997
Examines public attitudes toward children, poverty, and government. Concludes that the American public tends toward an integrative perspective that values individual initiative even as it supports opportunities for all Americans. Government programs that fit the practical needs of everyday life are favored. Such programs should support personal…
Descriptors: Children, Economically Disadvantaged, Government Role, Low Income Groups
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Howell, Penny L.; Miller, Barbara B. – Future of Children, 1997
Summarizes local, state, and federal sources of school funding and discusses the mechanisms used to distribute state aid and the criteria for assessing a school finance system. Overall, the federal government contributes about 7% of a school budget, with the remainder typically split fairly evenly between state and local governments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgets, Criteria, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance
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Larson, Carol S. – Future of Children, 1991
Reviews recent actions by state legislatures and courts in response to the problems of drug-exposed newborns. Also discusses civil and criminal court decisions regarding women who use drugs during pregnancy. State policy responses cannot be developed without a detailed assessment of the state's resources. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Civil Law
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Lewit, Eugene M. – Future of Children, 1993
Reviews the child poverty rate in the United States over the last several decades and examines the impact of economic and demographic trends and changes in government programs on the poverty status of children. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Business Cycles, Census Figures, Children
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Goldman, Lynn R. – Future of Children, 1995
Presents case studies on children's exposure to pesticides, including risks through the use of the insecticide aldicarb on bananas, the home use of diazinon, and the use of interior house paint containing mercury. These cases illustrate how regulatory agencies, parents, health-care providers, and others who come into contact with children have…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Case Studies, Child Health, Environmental Influences
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