One in five American children live with hunger.

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% of American children live in food-insecure households, meaning they lack access to safe and nutritious foods.

The big picture: Child hunger is a worldwide problem, with some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa reporting rates upwards of 70%. But among wealthy nations as defined by the World Bank, the United States has the fourth worst child hunger problem, followed only by Lithuania, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries.


Nearly half of American children experience some adverse childhood experience. Sesame Street wants to help them cope.

Give yourself a hug. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. “Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed.” You won’t be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It’s part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials, including videos, books and games, will be released today to help parents and caregivers, in turn, help young children cope with traumatic experiences. The science of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs for short, is beginning to transform education and social services. ACEs include poverty, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, divorce, and mental illness or substance abuse on the part of a caregiver. Rad more at

Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands.

Affordable Care Act

ObamaCare groups: If Trump won’t, we will.

ObamaCare groups are launching a massive campaign to enroll Americans without health insurance after President Trump slashed the budget for enrollment promotion by 90 percent and cut the enrollment period in half.Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands. With the Trump administration cutting back on advertising and outreach, outside groups are mobilizing for a massive, nationwide campaign for the next ObamaCare enrollment period. They say it’s up to them to get the word out. “Going into this year, whichever way you look at it, you don’t have the support of the administration and, frankly, it’s one that’s actively trying to sabotage the efforts and make sure people don’t get health insurance,” said Katie Keith, steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a national group that launched in 2013 to help LGBTQ people enroll in ObamaCare. Read more at

Lapse In Federal Funding Imperils Children’s Health Coverage.

CHIP covers 9 million children nationwide. But until Congress renews the program, states are cut off from additional federal funding, which lapsed Sept. 30. Congress finally seems ready to take action on the Children’s Health Insurance Program after funding lapsed Sept. 30. Before the deadline, lawmakers were busy grappling with the failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. CHIP covers 9 million children nationwide. But until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families. CHIP, which has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, helps lower- and middle-income families that otherwise earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid. Besides children, it covers 370,000 pregnant women a year. Like Medicaid, CHIP is traditionally paid for by state and federal funding, but the federal government covers most of the cost. Read more at

7 Things You Can Do For Your Kids After Tragedy.

What can you do for your kids after tragedy? We have some helpful tips!

There is no opening sentence for an article like this. I think it’s fair to say that we are tired; we are all tired. We are collectively exhausted by constant tragedyPuerto RicoTexas. Florida. Sandy Hook. Orlando9/11. Countless others. Natural disasters, but even more frightening, repeated attacks on folks in our own country and abroad, often resulting in great loss of life, all at the hands of another human or humans. Today, a mass-shooting in Las Vegas. Read more at

VIDEO: A message on Bullying.

Please share this message on Bullying from the Summerville Police Department School Resource Division. Watch video at