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Daycare Advocates Fuming as Phila. Moves Toward Modification of Zoning Rules

Philadelphia’s new zoning code — which took effect two years ago — changed the way that some daycare centers get city approval. One councilman urged a return to the former process.

11/06/2014

Bill Hite talks to 3rd grader Lucas at kick off event. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia Joins National Campaign Getting Kids To Read Before It’s Too Late

Philadelphia has joined a nationwide effort to get students reading on grade level by fourth grade.

08/17/2014

(Philadelphia public school advocates board buses for Harrisburg to demand passage of the $2-per-pack city-only cigarette tax.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia School Advocates Carry Funding Demand To Harrisburg

The point, organizers say, is that if dozens of people can take time from their lives to go to Harrisburg, lawmakers can come back into session and take action on the $2-a-pack cigarette tax.

08/04/2014

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FREE Eye Screening and Glasses For Kids Saturday 4/12 in Philly

By Jim Donovan: Uninsured and underinsured children can receive free eye screenings and, if needed, two free pairs of eyeglasses at “Give Kids Sight Day” on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. The event will take place […]

04/09/2014

(Kathy Fisher, in her PCCY office.  Photo provided by PCCY)

Youth Advocates Seeking Summer Meal Locations For Schoolkids in Need

Kathy Fisher of PCCY says the food for summer lunch programs is available, but they need more locations to serve the kids the meals.

03/26/2014

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Pennsylvania Politicians Urged To Push For Universal Preschool

In Pennsylvania, Public Citizens for Children and Youth and other non- profits are urging all candidates running for office to make universal preschool a priority.

01/21/2014

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New Pennsylvania Laws Guard Against Child Abuse

The 2013 Pennsylvania legislature has passed 10 new laws that increase the protection of our children..

01/13/2014

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Child Advocates Find Poverty Is Increasingly A Regional Issue

A children’s advocacy group says the number of children living in poverty in Philadelphia’s suburbs is growing. The group hopes its findings will unite city and suburban legislators in seeking solutions.

12/04/2013

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Art Programs May Face Final Curtain Call In Philadelphia Schools

Philadelphia’s school budget crisis is taking a toll on the arts.

06/11/2013

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Philadelphia Schoolkids Can Get Free Vision Exams on Saturday at Jefferson Hospital

Uninsured and underinsured Philadelphia children can get their eyes checked for free on “Give Kids Sight Day.”

04/12/2013

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Proponents Hail Expanded Education Tax Credit Opponents Call ‘Voucher Light’

Pennsylvania has expanded a controversial tax credit program that subsidizes private and religious schools. The expansion doubles the amount of state money going to non-public schools.

07/17/2012

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Free Eye Exams For Children In Philadelphia Saturday

Public Citizens for Children and Youth and Eagles Youth Partnership have teamed up with Wills Eye Institute for Give Kids Sight Day on Saturday.

04/12/2012

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Choosing The Right Superintendent

As Philadelphia Public Schools search for a new Superintendent, a recent report indicates most big city supers serve an average of just over 3 years.

01/11/2012

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in 2011.  File photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Councilwoman Modifies Lead Paint Testing Bill To Address Critics

Politics as the art of compromise was very evident in Philadelphia City Council with the apparent resolution of a dispute over a plan to require more lead paint testing in rental buildings.

12/08/2011

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Not A Holiday For Everyone

While many of us are giving thanks for an abundance of food and opportunity, we must remember those less fortunate. Informed citizens must encourage legislators to deal with poverty issues.

11/23/2011

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