The Kids' Zone

Stories about growing up in the 21st century city.

This project is supported by funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

How to Inspire Girls to Become Carpenters and Electricians

Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

The Latest Trend in Co-Working: Child Care

In the booming co-working industry, some companies are standing out by opening their space up for children and working parents alike.

a photo of high school students in Baltimore.

For Students in Baltimore, Getting to School Can Be a Scary Ride

Many kids spend hours commuting to school by public transportation. New research suggests a link between student exposure to high-crime areas and chronic absenteeism.

a photo of young kids living in an informal settlement outside Nairobi

How to Design Playgrounds for the World’s Most Vulnerable Kids

New UNICEF reports explore the ultimate design challenge: How to provide spaces to play and prosper for children living in urban poverty.

In East Chicago, Indiana, where lead levels in the soil are high, EPA signs warn against contact with the dirt.

Lead's Other Toxic Toll: Fertility

New research sounds the alarm on how high levels of lead in topsoil can reduce birth rates.

A young resident of a group home for foster children in Los Angeles.

Does Privatized Foster Care Put Kids at Risk?

The number of kids in foster care is climbing, and so are public costs. In search of efficiencies, many states have at least partially privatized their systems.

A jogger runs in front of the Phillips 66 refinery in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The Kids Trying to Green One of L.A.'s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

For generations, oil refineries brought jobs—and pollution—to the residents of Wilmington. Can a new generation of youthful activists make it a healthier place to grow up?

A child draws as part of a therapy program designed to help kids deal with trauma.

The Spaces That Can Ease Childhood Trauma

Children’s Advocacy Centers make sure kids only have to tell their story of abuse once.

A family embraces as they say goodbye after a visit at San Quentin state prison in California.

Where American Kids Are In Crisis

Kids repeatedly exposed to violence, homelessness, and addiction are more likely to carry the long-term effects into adulthood. A new report breaks down the geographic and racial distribution of this trauma.

A child plays in Santiago, Chile.

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind.