Everyone Deserves to See a Doctor When They Need To

Children thrive when their family is healthy, stable, and secure. When parents are able to have access to healthcare, this shapes the health and well-being of their children as well. The holidays are a particularly special time for many families. It is a time to celebrate, to share traditions that have been passed down from generations, and to ...

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Success Equation Affordable Housing Solutions

When we have housing that is affordable for working families, we reap the benefits by living in neighborhoods that are safe, inclusive, and where all children can thrive. In Asheville, there are too few homes affordable for our working families. That leads to doubling up, homelessness, and financial insecurity – where families have to make ...

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Alleviating Summer Food Insecurity for Children

It is 11:26 a.m. in the Woodridge Apartment community and there is a line of children sitting on a bench, and more coming down the sidewalk. They are walking toward  a shaded area where staff from Children First/CIS and volunteers from Unitarian Universalist Church are unfolding  tables and opening up large Styrofoam containers full of milk ...

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Free & Reduced Lunch Program 101

Ensuring that children show up in classrooms each day fed and ready to learn plays an important role in ensuring that all students are afforded a quality education. One in five American schoolchildren can’t count on getting enough nutritious food at home, which can have a negative impact on a student’s academic performance and development. ...

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A Constant Positive Attitude

Natasha is the mother of 4 children with ages ranging from 14, 11, 5 and 3, all girls except for one boy, who is “all  boy, so he is a handful.” She moved here 2 years ago from Lenior, NC, where she and her children lived without transportation or proximity to stores within walking distance. “It was hard living out there so isolated ...

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Just Economics State of the Transit System

The majority of bus riders on Asheville’s transit system are non-elective, meaning they have no form of transportation other than the city bus. These riders depend on the bus to get them to their jobs, schools, grocery store, doctor’s visits, child care centers and so on. For years, workers depending on the bus would have to find ...

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Michelle’s Story: Closing the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

Michelle Wisda is a 44 year-old wife and mother. For 14 years, she and her husband raised their son in Chapel Hill, NC, where Michelle worked in the public school system as a behavioral modification specialist and her husband ran his own car detailing business. In 2009, the recession hit hard, and her husband’s business felt the brunt of it. ...

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Child poverty and health

Pediatricians have declared war on child poverty. In a recent groundbreaking report, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 64,000 pediatricians, have announced new recommendations to screen for poverty in order to help reduce its health effects. Now, not only will a pediatrician ask “Where does it hurt?” but also ...

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Child care subsidy 101: Advocacy Toolkit

Why is the Child Care Subsidy program important? The Child Care Subsidy Program promotes opportunity and success for working parents and their children. The program provides income eligible parents that are working or in school/college a voucher to cover part of the cost of licensed early childhood, preschool, and after school learning and ...

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What You Need To Know to VOTE in 2016

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show an acceptable form of photo identification when presenting to vote in person at the polls.  Go to this website (www.voterid.nc.gov) to find out more information about both the requirement and the exceptions outlined in the law (S.L. 2013-381 and S.L. 2015-103). More questions? ...

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What Are ACES: Adverse Childhood Experiences?

Courtesy of BuncombeAces.org: ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences which occur prior to your 18th birthday. Examples of adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as physical and emotional neglect. They also include, having a parent who is mentally ill, an alcoholic or substance abuser, in jail, or ...

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Compassionate Schools: It’s Not a Program, But a Process

“You cannot address a student’s academic needs when they are in a state of fight or flight”, says Deborah Luckett, NC Licensed School Counselor and CLASS (Counselor Leaders Advancing School Safety) Grant Coordinator. She and David Thompson, the Director of Student Services at Buncombe County Public Schools wrote the grant that helped ...

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Students Need Access to Federal Programs

All children deserve a quality education regardless of their families’ income level. Schools need to be strong and supported in order to close the achievement gap and increase graduation rates. Community support is key to ensuring that schools have the resources that students—especially low-income students- need to be successful both in ...

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What Students Need to Succeed: A State Budget Overview

Our country’s quest for universal public education embodies our shared values of justice and opportunity – promoting the belief that all children deserve educational opportunities regardless of their family’s economic status or zip code. As child poverty rates continue to climb in NC, public schools face the challenge of ...

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Students Need Strong Community Partners: Lena’s Story

How can we help the student? This is the first thought many school and support staff have whenever an issue with one of their students arises. But many teachers are already overwhelmed with large classrooms populations, cuts in teacher assistants, and heavy testing schedules. Add to that the challenges faced by students arriving to the ...

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Students Need Expanded After-School Opportunities

In 2014, the NC Legislature changed family eligibility requirements for the child care voucher – many working parents face difficult choices without access to affordable after-school options. Eligibility for parents with school age children (6 through age 12) dropped from 75 % of the State Median Income to 133% of the Federal Poverty ...

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Transit 101

Transportation is a critical link to opportunity, connecting people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more.  Modern, well-funded transportation systems can spur economic growth and tap into human potential. Achieving equity in transportation policy will bring about fundamental improvements in communities ...

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