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For reporters, editors, producers, educators, and students, JCCF aimed to deepen, spotlight, encourage and support media coverage of the complex and urgent issues that affect children, youth and families in the U.S. Learn more »
JCCF is now closed. If you have just discovered us, or if you have come to depend on JCCF for news and inspiration about children, youth and families, we invite you to explore our archive.
The Washington Post
At age 16, Sareana Kimia has compiled a deeper political résumé than many activists twice her age. She has not let her financial situation get in the way of success.
The Huffington Post
A student athlete who suffered a traumatic injury writes a piece he wishes he had read before he was injured.
The New York Times
While there's been growing attention to the disproportionate school discipline faced by African American boys, the disparities in punishment meted out to girls of color has been below the radar.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
We care and so should you. Twelve million children in the U.S are in some form of child care. It's a struggle for parents to find, choose, keep and afford quality care for their children.
Friday, August 01, 2014
“This book began with a brutal murder, a viral video and a cup of coffee..."
The introductory sentence of “How Long Will I Cry?” pulls you in like magnet, then traps you in a whirlwind of human misery that touches down, rips through Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, leaving a...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Times of Northwest Indiana produced a 14-page special section called "The Price of Poverty."
Thursday, March 27, 2014
At age 10, Donnell Furlow knew how to break down and clean an AK-47; at age 13, Sabrina Nixon saw her older sister get shot in their living room; at age 12, after being raped and almost recruited to a gang, Paula Hawkins finally moved from her home. The common thread among these... Read more
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Watch an exhausted single mom rouse her young children out of bed before dawn to take them to a 24-hour subsidized childcare facility.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The number of children participating in organized youth sports across the United States has reached 35 million, according to statisticbrain.com.
The Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014 when our funding runs out. For the past two decades, JCCF has helped inspire, support, spread and reward excellent reporting on kids. We've trained and assisted hundreds of journalists in every kind of media, in every part of the United States.
JCCF thanks our founding and longtime primary supporter, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the University System of Maryland Foundation and other foundations that have contributed to our successful run as the nation's only journalism center devoted to deepening coverage of children and families. We also wish to thank all of the people who have served on our staff, advisory board and as judges in our annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism contests.
Keep fighting for the airtime, the word count, the column inches and the resources to deliver stellar reporting about children, youth and families. Keep building bridges with youth media in your communities. Keep telling stories that change lives.
LIFELINES is dedicated to independent and spirited reporting on the multi-faceted profession of social work and the many ways social workers empower people to change their own lives.
What started as a conversation between JCCF and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) about misunderstandings and mistrust between journalists and social workers blossomed into a multimedia project aimed at building bridges between these fields.
LIFELINES shares the stories of young people overcoming child abuse, depression, family conflict, and students coping with military deployment of their parents.The project profiles immigrants fleeing homophobic violence in their home country and domestic violence in their homes. Two stories show different approaches to homelessness in urban America and one shines a spotlight on poverty in rural America. And, the series visits innovative programs that provide parenting education, support for transgender people, and help women recover from addictions and stay out of the criminal justice system. And more!
Now is your turn to dive in. Get caught up in the Human Safety Net. Share the content, the resources and your reactions on the LIFELINES Facebook page.
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For the latest research on children and families – and access to experts – reach out to the following:
KIDS COUNT (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
The Future of Children (Brookings Institution)
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