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Utah Ranks Fourth In Nation For Children's Well-Being

Jun 25, 2020
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Utah is among the best states in the nation for children's overall well-being, according to a new national report. The 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week shows that Utah improved in almost all of the ranked categories, including the number of children in poverty, fourth-grade reading proficiency, and the number of uninsured children.

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As part of the Utah Public Radio series, Project Resilience, we hear from retired Northern Utah teacher Barbara Abbott, who remembers times she would take her wayward dog Cedar Bear to work with students at Hillcrest Elementary.

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Shalayne Smith Needham: In stressful times, it's important to reach out to friends, family, and especially children who need guidance during these hard times. Callie Ward is an Extension assistant professor at Utah State University and specializes in family finance, family resource management, emergency preparedness and food preservation. Callie Ward joins us by phone from Garfield County. Thanks for being here. 

Walton LaVonda

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who work with children that are in the legal system maintain a sense of normalcy, often when their parent or guardians are facing legal issues. More often than not, these issues are drug related creating an unsatisfactory situation in the home. CASA volunteers act as a stable adult figure in the children’s lives but also keep legal officials aware of their needs.

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Imagine being a boy forced to attend school dressed in a girls’ uniform. Imagine being a girl banned from the girls’ bathroom and too afraid to “go” in a stall surrounded by boys. Imagine being asked, again and again, by other kids, “Are you a boy or a girl?” Imagine having your deepest sense of self refuted by adults in authority. Imagine the routine stress of being a transgender kid.

 

 

After their first birthday, the nutrition of young children tends to decline as they transition away from baby food. Study findings show that about 27 percent of children between 1 and 3 years of age do not eat a single discrete serving of vegetables on a
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In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled in the United States, including in Utah. A recent study finds the diets of many infants and young children are not meeting pediatrician recommendations.

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Libraries around the state are beginning children’s summer reading programs to help prevent children’s literacy skills from regressing during the school break.  

Utah's Birthrate Among Highest In Nation

Oct 24, 2017
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A new report released this month focuses on how the drop of birth rates and the increase of retiring seniors is affecting the United States. Although the national birth rate is on a decline, Utah is maintaining a significantly higher birth rate than most other states.

Nick Herrmann

For thirty years, volunteers from businesses, schools and church groups have been taking children with disabilities fishing. UPR’s Nick Herrmann spent the day at Salem Pond watching and recording as state wildlife workers taught more than a thousand youth with special needs the art of baiting and catching fish.

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More than 5 million children across the nation, including 44,000 in Utah, experience separation from a parent due to incarceration.  A new report, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines hardships for children, and discusses new policies to help children who have a parent in jail.