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Shannon Fandler

Shannon Fandler
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Shannon Fandler is a Philadelphia-based writer with a background in marketing, technology, and education. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Rutgers University – Camden, where she teaches writing classes. She is also a copy editor at Hippocampus magazine.
PA 17th Child Well-Being

Pennsylvania, 17th in Childhood Well-Being, Is at Risk for a Census Miscount

Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation for childhood well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Although Pennsylvania has made some gains in education and...
E. DePasuale

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Runs the Numbers on Child Welfare

During a seemingly routine audit, Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale found troubling numbers for ChildLine, Pennsylvania’s 24-hour child-abuse hotline. All reports of child abuse made in Pennsylvania go through ChildLine, and the service is...

The Boy Scouts of America: Proudly Sponsored by the NRA

Like a “Shooting Sports” merit badge stitched to a Boy Scout’s sash, gun culture is part of the fabric of American childhood. While parenting experts are torn about whether gunplay is harmful to kids...
Melinda Tankard Reist

Leading the Fight Against the Sexploitation and Sexualization of Girls

The Power of One: Melinda Tankard Reist “Sex sells,” as the old advertising saw goes. But according to Australian writer and activist Melinda Tankard Reist, sexploitation in the media comes at the expense of children’s...
JoAnne Fischer

Philly’s Prenatal Care Revolution … and What Still Needs to Change

The Power of One: JoAnne Fischer JoAnne Fischer knows that bright futures start long before birth. Children born to healthy, prepared mothers are more likely to thrive. And the sooner struggling families receive much-needed intervention,...
Recess Is More Than Play

Recess Is More Than Just Child’s Play

Recess is in distress. That all-important chance to refresh mind and body in the middle of a stressful school day is in danger of disappearing. In a full school week, third graders in American public...
Philly Parks Project

Philly’s $500 Million Parks Project Needs a Little Help From Teens

Over the next seven years, Philadelphia will invest $500 million in revitalizing the city’s parks and recreation centers. The goal of the project, titled “Rebuild,” is to increase access to high-quality facilities that could...
BackpackAThon

Building Confidence One Backpack at a Time

Starting the year off right can be as simple as having a pair of confidence-boosting sneakers or a backpack full of brand-new pencils, pens, and paper. But for families struggling to pay for housing and...
Federal Cuts

Federal Cuts Threaten to Defund Programs That Help Pennsylvania Families

Proposed federal budget cuts threaten to defund programs that help children and families meet basic needs or recover after a difficult life event. On Friday, April 21, Sen. Bob Casey joined advocates and community...
Quaker Schools

Quaker Education: In Pursuit of a More Equitable Future

Providing children with a high-quality and equitable education is often treated as a problem for parents, teachers, and administrators rather than a joy. Quaker schools, in sharp contrast, energetically approach the puzzle of how...

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