Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) - Over the summer, a coalition of ten Allegheny County organizations came together and has worked endlessly to introduce a voter referendum in the November election with the intent of funneling resources towards addressing early learning, after school programming, and good nutrition...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - A proposal to increase property taxes by $25 on each $100,000 of assessed value to fund children’s programs in Allegheny County will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If voters approve the measure, the approximately $18 million annual fund would go toward...

Kidsburgh - A plan to raise $18 million in funding for the creation of the Allegheny County Children’s Fund is one step closer to reality. The Our Kids. Our Commitment. initiative collected nearly 63,499 signatures – 23,499 more than needed to be placed on November’s general election ballot. (See...

TRIB LIVE - In this election year, we are hearing a lot of debate on issues like state budget structural deficits, rising costs of social services, workforce skills gap, cost of education — the list goes on and on. For many of these issues, the...

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle - These are extraordinary times. As noted in the Chronicle’s June 21 opinion piece, “The purpose of a newspaper,” the more polarized opinions become, the more we need lively, respectful debate over issues that are important to us. I couldn’t agree more. Respectful debate between...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Wearing bright purple T-shirts and carrying clipboards, a half-dozen or so volunteers are standing near the entrance to the Carnegie Science Center. As families come inside on a recent Monday morning, a clipboard-wielding woman cheerfully asks them if they are registered to vote...

The annual report Kids Count shows the Commonwealth fares better than most by making gains in education, but continues to show poor numbers in economic well-being. The national rankings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a group focused on better futures for disadvantaged children, use 16 indicators including...

KDKA-TV – This week, children’s advocates kicked off their campaign to get 40,000 signatures by Aug. 7 in order to get a referendum on the ballot. The referendum is to raise taxes to create a children’s fund in Allegheny County. If approved, the fund will be used primarily to...