Family Matters: Two-Generation Approach to Opportunity

More than one million families with young children in Texas are low-income—nearly half of all families with young children. Texas kids growing up in low-income families deserve the same shot at success as middle and upper income kids. For these kids, family stability and well-being are strongly tied to their opportunities for success. Today, many […]

Budget Should Meet the Growing Needs of Children In Foster Care

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

Since Texas children account for nearly one of every 11 children in the U.S., our state government must continue to invest in programs and services that ensure children live in safe and loving homes. That’s why last week I visited with the Child Protection Roundtable about the Department of Family and Protective Services’ (DFPS) 2016-17 […]

Stop the Budget Tricks and Invest in Texas Kids

It’s been about a month since a state district judge ruled that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional, saying it’s inadequate, inefficient and inequitable. The ruling came as no surprise to the millions of Texas parents concerned about the quality of their children’s education amid devastating budget cuts. The most significant budget cuts came […]

Analysis: What the New Census Data Tell Us

Like taking your temperature, reporting the annual poverty rate is a broad measure of how economically healthy Texas families are. This week’s U.S. Census release showed a small but significant decrease in Texas’ poverty rate of less than one percentage point. The 2013 poverty rate is 17.5 percent, or 4.5 million Texans living in poverty, […]

Aug 31 Deadline Approaches for Schools to Opt In for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Rachel Cooper

Nearly 3,500 high-poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to collect cumbersome school meal applications thanks to a new federal option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). But school districts need to act fast. The deadline for schools to opt in is August 31. […]

A Wish for Texas Children

I know that I share with every parent a sense of hope for their child’s future. And with one of every 11 U.S. kids living in Texas, the opportunities we create for our children will determine their future and also the future of our country. That is why I was happy to see some bits […]

Texas Is a Tough Place to Be a Kid (or a Parent)

A new report from the National KIDS COUNT Project shows that Texas is one of the toughest places to be a kid. The conclusion comes from crunching the numbers in health, education, economic security and the stability of families and communities. But let’s start with the good news. Texas is making progress for kids in […]

CPPP Report Reissued To Provide Context for Today’s Unaccompanied Child Immigration Crisis

Working for a Better Texas

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is deeply saddened by reports of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States, many detained by border security and then left to languish in military facilities ill-equipped to care for them. The situation is clearly a humanitarian crisis, but it’s also a much bigger, more complicated policy crisis. To […]

Community Eligibility allows more children to eat and increases revenue for schools

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Nearly 3,500 high poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free meals–breakfast and lunch–to all students without having to collect school meal applications through a new federal option called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The Texas Department of Agriculture published a full list of eligible schools on its website. The 3459 Texas […]

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Rachel Cooper

For so many families, summer means road trips to the beach, hikes at Texas state parks and days at the neighborhood pool. But, far too many low-income parents spend the summer months worrying about how they will stretch their lean budgets to feed their children the breakfasts and lunches they would normally get during school. […]