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Report: 2.5 Percent of Infants and Toddlers Are Unhoused

A first-of-its-kind analysis reveals state-by-state trends in infant and toddler homelessness.

March 21, 2024 - SchoolHouse Connection

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Designing Cities With Youth in Mind

The car-centric design of many U.S. cities traps young people at home, preventing them from engaging in social activities and urban life.

November 16, 2023 - CNU Public Square

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Less Than Half of Head Start Centers Near Transit

Just 42 percent of the nation’s Head Start early education centers are within walkable distance for parents with toddlers.

November 2, 2023 - KCUR

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Crosswalks Near NYC Schools More Dangerous Than Average

A child and a crossing guard were killed in school crosswalks within one week as the NYPD cuts crossing guard jobs.

October 31, 2023 - Curbed

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Study: School Biking Programs Can Boost Student Health

A survey of middle school students who participated in in-school cycling programs showed a potential correlation to improved mental health.

October 16, 2023 - Loma Linda University Health

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A Data-Driven Approach to ‘Playspace Inequity’

Mapping playgrounds and their conditions can reveal how childhood play opportunities are inequitably distributed within cities.

September 29, 2023 - Next City

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The Unspoken Link Between Transit and Child Care

Already a challenge for many American parents, finding child care within reach of transit can be nearly impossible.

September 22, 2023 - Next City

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Improving Communities Through Soccer

LEGO has partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to create a new safe place for kids to play soccer and gain life skills in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

June 26, 2023 - KOB4

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How Urban Design Fails Families

For parents of small children, amenities like public restrooms or shady parks can vastly improve—or deteriorate—the experience of navigating cities.

June 22, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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‘Kidical Mass:’ The Bike Bus Movement Comes to America

Parents and students around the country are organizing into ‘bike buses’ to keep children safe while biking to and from school.

June 8, 2023 - The New York Times

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New York Cuts Almost 500 Open School Crossing Guard Jobs

The vacant positions were cut as part of an effort to trim the NYPD’s budget, but intersections near schools are already some of the city’s most dangerous for pedestrians.

May 29, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

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A Child’s Eye View of the City

A new VR tool invites urban planners to viscerally understand how a small child experiences the urban realm—with less-than-ideal results.

April 26, 2023 - Fast Company

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Making Transit More Family-Friendly

Public transit can often be inconvenient or unsafe for people with children in strollers and riders traveling for purposes other than commuting. Agencies are working on ways to fix that.

February 28, 2023 - Next City


Study: Extracurricular Activities Benefit Children’s Mental Health

A new study indicates that improving access to extracurricular activities (EA) may help address the growing mental health needs of children and caregivers.

February 20, 2023 - Academic Pediatrics

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Playgrounds as an Essential Amenity

A London organization is working to bring ‘adventure playgrounds’ to park-poor neighborhoods, arguing that outdoor play is a key factor in child development.

August 1, 2022 - Next City

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How Japanese Cities Enable Toddlers To Roam Independently

A TV show featuring young Japanese children going on errands on their own highlights the differences between Japanese and American urban design that enable even toddlers to safely navigate big cities.

April 13, 2022 - Slate

de Blasio Administration

New York City Mayor Goes Out With a (Covid Policy) Splash

Mayor Bill de Blasio's second term ends on New Year's Eve. On Dec. 6, he announced the nation's strictest COVID mandate: All workers in New York City must be at least partially vaccinated by Dec. 27. Did he consult with his successor, Eric Adams?

December 12, 2021 - The New York Times

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How Urban Design Affects Children's Cognitive Development

A European study suggests that good urban design can affect cognitive and motor function development in young children.

November 30, 2021 - Barcelona Institute for Global Health

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Major Shortcoming in Biden's COVID Action Plan

Dr. Leana S. Wen, an emergency physician and public health expert, writes that Covid will become a 'manageable problem' with three key actions, only one of which hasn't received the attention it deserves in the Biden administration's action plan.

October 21, 2021 - The Washington Post

Bikes and Kids

Opinion: Car-Centric Cities Hurt Kids

Designing neighborhoods with children in mind could reduce traffic fatalities and improve the health and well-being of kids.

September 27, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

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