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No Kids Allowed: How Our Street Design Is Killing Play

Somehow, we find ourselves living in a world where children outside is a nuisance.

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America's Diaper Crisis Is All Too Real

A study of one city finds nearly 30 percent of poor families don't have enough for their children.

If You Can't Bring the Beach to the City, Bring the City to the Beach

Kids from one of San Francisco's toughest neighborhoods find joy in the surf.

Feeding America

The Geography of Hunger in America

More kids live in food-insecure homes in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the United States.

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The Depressing Political Reality Keeping Kids Hungry When School's Out

During the summer, students who qualify for free lunches often don't eat them. There's a way to fix that, if only Congress would act.

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The Horrifying Inequality That Plagues Ohio Students' Routes to School

In Ohio's urban school districts, one in 446 students has been hit by a car. In suburban districts, it's one in 1,473.

Sarah Goodyear

Why Recess Might Be the Most Important Part of School

Schools can create an environment where sharing and cooperation are the highest values, rather than winning.

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How to Make Your Town Into a Bike-to-School Mecca

A contest in Ohio gets 4,000 kids biking more than 52,000 miles, while keeping roughly 57,292 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air.

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New York City Has a Costumed Characters Problem

A Cookie Monster gone rogue may finally precipitate a crackdown in Times Square.

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Don't Worry About Kids and Touch Screens, Worry About the Parents

Smart phones can help manage the tedium of parenting. But they also isolate us from a lot of the joy.

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Should Pregnant Women Be Warned About the Health Risks of Driving?

The latest research suggests the answer is yes.

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'Humans of New York' Makes an International Brand's Screw Up Pay Off for City Kids

Clothing label DKNY used photographer Brandon Stanton's images without his permission, but this story has a happy ending.

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What We Lose When Kids Can't Play in Their Own Streets

A U.K. initiative paints a vivid picture of what can happen when families don't have to worry about passing cars.

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Why We Need More Research Into Cycling and Brain Science

Riding a bike may have special benefits that other exercise modes don’t, but we just don't know enough about it.

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The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration

For too many American families, this is not a problem that's easily solved.

Poverty Is Not Just a Problem for Single Parents

Half of poor parents raising kids under 18 are now married, a rate that has grown almost 50 percent since 2000.

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Measuring a Neighborhood's Green Spaces So They Can Grow

One New York City neighborhood had basically given up on open space. But thanks to some new data, they were able to advocate for it, and get it.

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Bicycle Schools, Complete with Bamboo Bikes, On a Roll in Brazil

File under things that make you feel good.

A Water-Spewing Swing Set to Delight and Frighten Children

This hacked "Waterfall Swing" puts kids through dozens of rainstorms each minute.