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Oregon’s children of color and the Race for Results

April 1, 2014

Children First For Oregon

To prepare for a strong future, we must ensure all children have the resources and opportunities to achieve their full potential. However, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released today, shows we have much ground to cover for all kids – especially children of color – to thrive.

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children raises serious concerns that children of color face profound barriers to success. The report compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups. In Oregon, African-American and Latino children are nearly twice as likely to be low-income as their white peers. In fact, Oregon is one of only nine states in which African-American and Latino children trail white children on every milestone where data was available.

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“Oregon isn’t doing enough for children”

“Oregon isn’t doing enough for children”
David Sarasohn, The Oregonian
March 29, 2014

Oregon, we all know, is a great place to be a grape or a mushroom.

It’s not such a great place to be a kid.

And there’s a harvest connected to that, too.

Last week, Children First for Oregon released its 2014 Progress Report, and despite some serious recent efforts in Salem and the rest of the state, it’s still not the kind of report card you’d want to put up on the refrigerator.
The effect amounts to what Tonia Hunt, executive director of Children First for Oregon, calls “a layering of negative impacts on kids.”

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The 2014 Progress Report is here!

March 26, 2014

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Our annual Progress Report is here and the news is grim for Oregon kids. The 2014 Progress Report: The Status of Children in Oregon shows that despite signs of economic recovery, Oregon is in the bottom half of all states for child poverty, with nearly one in four Oregon children growing up poor.

Download the full report here.

“Growing up in poverty is the single greatest threat to child well-being and development,” says Executive Director Tonia Hunt. “We must ask ourselves, what kind of Oregon are we building when we allow this many children to be left behind?”

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Census Bureau says more Oregon children and adults have health insurance coverage

March 13, 2014

Ninety-three percent of Oregon children had health insurance in 2012, up from 89 percent three years earlier, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Read more here.

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What the President’s proposed budget does for working families

“Obama Budget Would Expand More Than Just the EITC for Childless Workers”
March 11, 2014
By Lauren Pescatore

We’ve recently centered most of our coverage of the President’s budget for fiscal year 2015 on his major proposal to expand the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers. But a number of other proposals in the President’s budget would also benefit working family tax credits and the millions of families and individuals who depend on them. These proposals include:

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Oregon hires first ever foster care ombudsman

March 10, 2014

Last week, Darin Mancuso was hired to work in the Governor’s Advocacy Office as the Foster Care Ombudsman. This position is intended to fulfill the requirements of Senate Bill 123 passed in the 2013 legislative session.

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Capitol Update: It’s a wrap! How kids fared in the 2014 legislative session

March 7, 2014

Children First For Oregon

The 2014 legislative session wrapped today, marking the end of a major budget rebalance that left many state agencies forced to make some difficult cuts. Despite it being a whirlwind session, we were still able to accomplish some important things for Oregon families this year.

Here is a summary of our 2014 priorities:

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