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Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children’s Healthy Development

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the benefits of childcare feeding programs.

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Rx for Hunger: Affordable Housing

A report by Children’s HealthWatch and the Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston finds that subsidized housing plays a significant role in protecting young children from food insecurity and the health risks of being seriously underweight. This report confirms that increased support for subsidized housing must be a part of the strategy to end childhood hunger.

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Stable Housing and Utilities: Keeping Baltimore’s Babies Healthy

This policy report illustrates the connection between unaffordable housing and utilities and health outcomes among young children in Baltimore MD.

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Funding Shortfalls for Housing Vouchers Could Have Serious Health Consequences for Children

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the consequences of cutting funding for subsidized housing.

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Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the consequences for children when caregivers have to make tradeoffs on basic health and household expenses.

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Food Insecurity Rates Rise Steeply with Recession

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the impact of the Recession on food insecurity rates.

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Child Food Security: The Economic Impact on our Nation

A report commissioned by Feeding America and The ConAgra Foods Foundation, and written by Children’s HealthWatch, details the impacts that food insecurity in children has on the nation’s economic future. The report explores data from Children’s HealthWatch and other literature that demonstrates how food insecurity and hunger with other correlates of poverty can significantly alter the architecture of children’s brains, thus affecting their ability to reach their full potential as adults.

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Even Very Low Levels of Food Insecurity Found to Harm Children’s Health

Marginal food security harms children’s health and development. Research from Children’s HealthWatch and others shows that children in marginally food-secure households are at greater risk for health problems, developmental delay, and impaired school performance than children in food-secure households. These findings argue for child nutrition programs that reach the broadest spectrum of children whose families may be struggling, […]

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Even Very Low Levels of Food Insecurity Found to Harm Children’s Health

This publication is the first in a series of Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Briefs, which will provide a summary of our research, as well as that of others, on issues affecting children’s health and well-being. This brief finds that more children are at risk for health and developmental problems due to lack of food than were previously thought. These children and their families are classified as “marginally food secure” by the USDA, which suggests that they are not at risk. The data show that they are, in fact, significantly at risk

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Reading, Writing and Hungry: The consequences of food insecurity on children and on our nation’s economic success

A report commissioned by the Partnership for America’s Economic Success and written by Children’s HealthWatch and the Food Research Action Center addresses the range of economic consequences associated with persistently high rates of household food insecurity in the United States. Drawing from various sources of data, the report identifies the short- and long-term economic costs of the harmful effects of food insecurity on very young children.