Pittsburgh Post-Gazette —A coalition of advocacy groups will gather signatures this summer aiming to put a referendum on the November general election ballot proposing a quarter-mill property tax increase to bolster early learning, after-school programs and nutritious meals for children in Allegheny County. The groups kicked off...

KIDSBURGH —After school programs changed my life. These programs are vital to the well-being, education and development of our local kids. When I look back on my childhood, my years in middle school stand out as some of the hardest to get through. I felt awkward...

Pittsburgh Business Times —Without access to affordable, high-quality early learning, too many children will enter school already behind in the game. As Allegheny County business leaders and members of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, we support Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increases in the 2018-19...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette —Michaela loves third grade: spelling, multiplication, friendships and, well, lunch. Turns out, for Michaela, lunch is as critical to her development as the academic and social progress she’s making. Michaela is one of 34 percent of children in her school eligible for free...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette —Getting a free and nutritious lunch is something that many needy children can count on during the school year. In the summer, however, it can be a different story. In southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 percent of school-age children, or more than 139,000, are eligible for free...

NEXTpittsbugh —The kids careen into the Pittsburgh Gifted Center in Crafton Heights at various speeds. Some move fast, talking, joking, laughing. Others enter slowly, shyly approach the sign-in table, and give their names. “Salaam, Achmed! Abdul, Fatima, nice to see you. You’re in orange (group). You’re...

 KDKA PITTSBURGH —Now’s the time to figure out what kids can do this summer to keep their minds active and to keep them out of trouble, and there is a comprehensive website and job fairs that will help. The City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and an...