children http://wnpr.org en How Effective Are Charter Schools? http://wnpr.org/post/how-effective-are-charter-schools <p>The recent FUSE scandal has raised questions about charter school oversight. Is this type of problem representative of the overall charter school system? We take a look at just how effective these schools are and how much oversight they have. We're joined by experts and we want to hear from you, especially if you have experience in the charter school system.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25774 at http://wnpr.org How Effective Are Charter Schools? Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! http://wnpr.org/post/please-dont-take-my-stuffed-animal-away <p>Take a few seconds to reminisce about your childhood "best friend." Maybe it was a boy, a girl, an imaginary friend, or perhaps a stuffed toy. This stuffed toy was your childhood confidant that you dragged everywhere, from the local supermarket to the preschool sandbox, a transitional object that temporarily stood between you and your relationship with your parents.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Katherine Peikes 25700 at http://wnpr.org Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! New Study Reveals Marked Increase in Connecticut Children Living In Poverty http://wnpr.org/post/new-study-reveals-marked-increase-connecticut-children-living-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of Connecticut children living in poverty has increased 50 percent since 1990, according to a new report.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:37 +0000 Ray Hardman 25729 at http://wnpr.org New Study Reveals Marked Increase in Connecticut Children Living In Poverty Bridgeport and New Haven Weigh Whether to House Migrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-and-new-haven-weigh-whether-house-migrant-children <p>The mayors of&nbsp;Connecticut's cities will take part in a conference call this week to discuss whether their communities have space to host some of the children from&nbsp;Central America&nbsp;who have been flooding the U.S. border.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:15:11 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25704 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport and New Haven Weigh Whether to House Migrant Children High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wnpr.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:18:06 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25656 at http://wnpr.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Governor Malloy Reconsiders Decision on Helping Migrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-reconsiders-decision-helping-migrant-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Werner&nbsp;</span>Oyanadel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Executive Director of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said on Monday that Latino and Puerto Rican advocates in Connecticut were disappointed with Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy's refusal to temporarily house 2,000 of the 52,000 Central American children requested by the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>They made sure their disappointment caught the attention of the governor.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:02:58 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 25640 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Reconsiders Decision on Helping Migrant Children Migrant Children May Be Sheltered in Massachusetts http://wnpr.org/post/migrant-children-may-be-sheltered-massachusetts <p>According to the <a href="http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/dramatic-surge-arrival-unaccompanied-children-has-deep-roots-and-no-simple-solutions" target="_blank">independent think tank The Migration Policy Institute</a>, 85 percent of the Central American migrant children who have arrived in the U.S.&nbsp;over the past few months&nbsp;are reunited with relatives here. <a href="http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/central-american-immigrants-united-states" target="_blank">Most go to places with established communities of Central American families</a>, including cities in Connecticut like New Haven and Hartford. Others go to Massachusetts.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:33:51 +0000 Diane Orson & Sam Hudzik & Jill Kaufman 25616 at http://wnpr.org Migrant Children May Be Sheltered in Massachusetts Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/westoverafrsign.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkidswafrb.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Massachusetts Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25526 at http://wnpr.org Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/gov-patrick-weighing-request-shelter-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Dwight Sipler" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/DevalPatrick.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkids.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25513 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children The Prodigy Paradox http://wnpr.org/post/prodigy-paradox <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a society which rewards brains over brawn, who better than a prodigy to place your bets on? The answer may surprise you.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bobby Fischer was terrible at everything &nbsp;except chess. His entire life was punctuated by extreme paranoia, bouts of seclusion, and cascading, erratic behavior. Ted Kaczynski, a child math and science prodigy… I don’t have to tell you how that one worked out. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thomas Chatterton was writing publishable poetry by the age of 12, and in the immediately ensuing years, wrote work that left its mark on the literature and influenced the&nbsp; romantic movement. He took his own life with arsenic three months shy of 18.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:20 +0000 Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Josh Nilaya 25445 at http://wnpr.org The Prodigy Paradox What Honduran Children Are Fleeing http://wnpr.org/post/what-honduran-children-are-fleeing One participant in the debate over what to do with unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:12:31 +0000 editor 25398 at http://wnpr.org What Honduran Children Are Fleeing Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? http://wnpr.org/post/who-smuggling-immigrant-children-across-border "They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.<p>"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and Central Americans to do the dirty work for them," he says, smiling.<p>U.S. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Burnett 25315 at http://wnpr.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids http://wnpr.org/post/why-spoonful-medicine-can-be-big-safety-risk-kids We've all done it. The bottle of Pepto-Bismol says to take two tablespoons, so you grab the nearest spoon from the silverware drawer and drink down two of those. It's probably pretty close, right?<p>Maybe not. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:36:33 +0000 Kara Manke 25269 at http://wnpr.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story http://wnpr.org/post/tell-us-your-stuffed-animal-story <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colin </span>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 Chion Wolf 24358 at http://wnpr.org Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-delivers-summer-meals-kids-libraries <p>All children look forward to summer vacation, but when they're not in class, some of these kids also miss out on free meals and snacks. To feed more children, Hartford Public Schools has expanded its summer food program to libraries.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25143 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://wnpr.org/post/break-cycle-child-poverty-teaching-mom-and-dad-get-along After a half-century of the War on Poverty, an anti-poverty agency in Ohio has concluded that decades of assistance alone just hasn't changed lives. Instead, it says, the ongoing breakdown of the family is to blame.<p>"You're seeing the same people come year after year, and in some cases generation to generation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 24962 at http://wnpr.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets http://wnpr.org/post/preschoolers-outsmart-college-students-figuring-out-gadgets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaCtapBduU</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 24491 at http://wnpr.org Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut-0 <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24107 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut? To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym http://wnpr.org/post/boost-attendance-milwaukee-schools-revive-art-music-and-gym In the stuffy, little gymnasium at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee, 16 boys and girls are stretching, jumping and marching to music. <em></em><p>Two years ago, the school had no gym, art or music classes due to budget cuts. But now, Kluge students get a so-called "special" class three days a week.<p>Milwaukee Public Schools is one of several school systems across the country — including Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn. — that are re-investing in subjects like art and physical education. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:32:00 +0000 editor 24083 at http://wnpr.org To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García http://wnpr.org/post/juvenile-sentencing-women-politics-guitarist-yovianna-garc <p>Each year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center honors people whose writing advances social justice and inspires action. This year, the two winners of the Student Stowe Prize crafted essays on two issues that are very important in 2014.</p><p>Madeline Sachs, a high school student from Chicago, <a href="http://harrietbeecherstowe.org/worxcms_files/Submission.pdf" target="_blank">spoke on the inequity of juvenile sentencing standards</a>, an issue that’s important as Connecticut lawmakers grapple with -- and still fail to implement -- a new law to come into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. We hear some of her presentation and talk with a civil rights lawyer.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23978 at http://wnpr.org Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García An 11-Year-Old Wants to Open a Restaurant http://wnpr.org/post/11-year-old-wants-open-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a story about a little girl named Chelsea Wheeler, who lives in rural Oxford, the kind of small town that used to have a post office barber shop in one room. It's also the kind of town where citizens contributed at Town Hall to a giving tree set up in the Wheeler family name.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:06:56 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23919 at http://wnpr.org An 11-Year-Old Wants to Open a Restaurant Blumenthal Calls for Improved Veterans' Access to Care; Norwalk Bridge Inpsected http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-calls-improved-veterans-access-care-norwalk-bridge-inpsected <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uoJ4bIzi3ug" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on Washington to improve veterans’ access to medical care. Blumenthal sponsored a bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week and now heads to the house. This comes in response to growing controversy over delays in medical care at V-A facilities around the country. Blumenthal says the measure enables our heroes to seek healthcare outside of the VA.</p><p><strong>Norwalk Walk Bridge Gets Inspection</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:16:27 +0000 Teri McCready 23792 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-hell-sign-adoption-rights-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Dannel Malloy said he'll sign a bill that could allow adoptees access to their birth records. Under the proposal, anyone 18 or older would be able to request a copy of their original birth certificate if they were adopted after October 1, 1983.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:01:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23204 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown http://wnpr.org/post/childrens-book-authors-illustrators-visit-newtown <p>Some of America's favorite children’s book authors will visit Newtown this weekend including the creators of <em>Diary of A Wimpy Kid</em>, <em>Ella Enchanted, </em>and <em>The Spiderwick Chronicles</em>. They’ll go to schools and talk with students on Friday and participate Saturday in panels and workshops.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:01:07 +0000 Diane Orson 23123 at http://wnpr.org Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown Revelation http://wnpr.org/post/revelation <p>His T-shirt says, “I am God”.<br />I think - My lucky day!<br />I’ll run over,<br />shake his hand,<br />ask for an autograph.<br />I might never have this chance again.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:21:28 +0000 Elizabeth Thomas 22977 at http://wnpr.org Revelation Do Autistic Kids Fare Better In Integrated Or Specialized Schools? http://wnpr.org/post/do-autistic-kids-fare-better-integrated-or-specialized-schools The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.<p>But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools are emerging specifically for autistic children.<p>Some parents see these specialized schools as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions.<p>Carson Ellis' son, Hank, is autistic. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:48:35 +0000 editor 22953 at http://wnpr.org Musical Prodigy Emily Bear: What Explains Maturity and Talent in Children? http://wnpr.org/post/musical-prodigy-emily-bear-what-explains-maturity-and-talent-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a result of repeated sound exposure while in the womb, it now appears a baby can later recognize these sounds, even the theme song of its mother's favorite television show. In other words, there is "neural memory." This is what we learned from a </span><a href="http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Science</em> magazine story</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, examining the key findings of a Swedish study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (The author is cognitive neuroscientist </span>Eino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Partanen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) Does this explain something about the child musical prodigy?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22917 at http://wnpr.org Musical Prodigy Emily Bear: What Explains Maturity and Talent in Children? DIY Dulcimer Kits Are a Musical Hit in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/diy-dulcimer-kits-are-musical-hit-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The word dulcimer means "sweet sound." T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">here’s no better way to describe this American folk instrument.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Diane Orson 22689 at http://wnpr.org DIY Dulcimer Kits Are a Musical Hit in Connecticut Exploring Why the Highly-Educated Don't Smoke http://wnpr.org/post/exploring-why-highly-educated-dont-smoke <p>Adults with college degrees are much less likely to smoke than the rest of the population. A new <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X14001057">Yale University study</a> searches for the reasons why. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 14:55:02 +0000 Ray Hardman 22570 at http://wnpr.org Exploring Why the Highly-Educated Don't Smoke How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22404 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut?