Keeping Kids with Family: How Texas Can Support Kinship Caregivers

Rachel Cooper

This week CPPP released Keeping Kids with Family: How Texas Can Financially Support Kinship Caregivers, a new brief that explains who kinship caregivers are and what the Texas Legislature can do to support these family members and friends who have stepped up to provide homes for children whose parents cannot care for them. These “kinship […]

When debating school finance, don’t leave out Pre-K

Chandra Kring Villanueva

One of the most effective ways we can help kids compete and succeed in life is to make sure they are ready to start Kindergarten. Research has shown positive results from the state-supported Pre-K program, yet Texas regularly receives low marks for quality in the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) annual State of […]

Tragedies in Dallas and beyond

Ann Beeson

It has been an emotional week in my hometown of Dallas, across Texas and across our country. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we mourn the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and of police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith […]

Healthy moms, healthy babies

Jennifer Lee

When any family is expecting a new baby, the first hope is that the baby is born healthy. Unfortunately several of Texas’ key indicators show that not all children have the same likelihood of reaching these milestones or celebrating their first birthday. This week we’re heading to Fort Worth to release our State of Texas […]

Friday the 13th for Texas Kids

Ann Beeson

The Texas Supreme Court forecast a scary future for Texas kids with their Friday the 13th school finance decision last week. While the Court repeatedly acknowledged serious flaws in how we support public education, they refused to do anything about it. What’s the point of having a right to education enshrined in the Texas Constitution, […]

San Antonio Kids: A Glimpse at Texas’ Future

Jennifer Lee

San Antonio has a rich history that illuminates much of the great cultural diversity of Texas’ past, while giving us a peek into the state’s future. Children living in the eight-county San Antonio metro area are 64 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 6 percent Black and 4 percent Asian, multiracial or some other race, which […]

Place, Race, and Poverty in Dallas

Jennifer Lee

More than 1.2 million kids live in the Dallas metro area, representing more than one out of every six kids living in Texas. Dallas is a city of both great wealth and poverty, and the data show large differences in children’s health, education and financial security across race and ethnicity. Like many Texas cities, policies […]

Expanding Opportunity for Every Texas Child

Ann Beeson

As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I remember being glued to the television, awestruck as we watched the first man walk on the moon. I was amazed by that remarkable human achievement, and proud that Americans had come together to solve a challenge many thought was impossible. As a parent, I’ve toured NASA […]

New Features in the KIDS COUNT Data Center

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The KIDS COUNT Data Center from the Annie E. Casey Foundation has useful data on Texas children and their families, and the Data Center recently rolled out a new feature. Users can now explore results divided by three significant characteristics: age, family nativity (i.e. immigrant or U.S.-born families), and race and ethnicity. The new categories […]

Now is the Time

Speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.” A few months later, I was born. I just happened to be White, which opened invisible doors to success that were all too often […]