Tag Archives: Children

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids’ Sleep

7:30am wasn’t always when the bell rang for high schoolers. A few generations ago, the bell rang around 9 a.m. for most American kids. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 75 percent of schools surveyed in more than 40 states for a 2015 report started before 8:30 a.m., with a significant number starting in the 7 a.m. hour. And then suburbanization, the energy crisis, and a big cultural shift around child safety norms happened.... Read more

Growing Up: New Guidelines Promote Child-Friendly Density

​ The City of Toronto is creating new planning guidelines to ensure that high-density communities better meet the needs of children. Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities initiative provides new guidelines to promote more youth-friendly development. The newly released draft plan lays out the City’s priorities, with policies addressing urban well-being at three scales: the neighborhood, the building, and the unit. Read more... Read more

A New Day for Data: How Promise Neighborhoods Are Transforming Lives

Administered by the US Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods take a place-based, data-driven approach to ensuring the long-term success of children, families, and neighborhoods. Here the Urban Institute shares the stories of three Promise Neighborhoods that are using data to transform lives. Read more... Read more

Kaboom! Play Everywhere Challenge

​Science and common sense agree: Kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. But across the U.S. – especially in cities – too many children miss out on the chance to play because of where they live, where they come from or how much their families earn. Play is just too important to a healthy childhood for any kid to be left out. That’s why Kaboom! is hosting the Play Everywhere Challenge: to help cities create... Read more