Arts Therapies Have Deep Roots, but Still Resonate Today

Creative arts therapies have roots that go back hundreds of years, but now are being used to deal with 21st-century problems. “The creative arts go...

Creative Arts Therapists Tap into the Antidote to Anxiety

Her dance/movement therapy class at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus had just started when Amy Hunter asked the seven high-schoolers to say and show...

At Mayfair Elementary, Fusing Diversity with Challenging Curriculum to Create World...

Mayfair Elementary School, with nearly 1,800 students, is by far the largest elementary school in Pennsylvania. As other schools around the city cope with shrinking populations,...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH! Maybe we could all do one thing each day to help prevent child abuse right where we are,...

Sorry, But Those Are the Rules

These are a few of the things that people have deemed more important than my kid: An art gallery A library’s quiet vibe The...

The March for Our Lives: From Sea to Shining Sea

This is part two of First Focus’ March for Our Lives series. Check out part one. History was made this past Saturday as millions marched...

How the Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census Would Harm Children

The U.S. Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population every 10 years, which is critical to establishing equal government representation and identifying...

Gun Violence Summit Grapples with Where to Go From Here

Sixth-grader Samantha Sandhaus' question was so innocent – simple and logical – that, for one brief moment, it silenced two seasoned, and loquacious, politicians. Why, the 12-year-old...

The March for Our Lives: Not a Moment, A Movement

This is part one of our series on the March for Our Lives. Stay tuned for part two (Now Available here). This weekend, more than...

Report Finds Most States Shortchange High-Poverty Schools

“Pennsylvania has long been one of the most disparately-spending states in the nation,” the report reads. “Even in terms of unadjusted spending, school districts...

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