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    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … More

    Dependent Premiums Slated for Future Increases

    As Michelle Andrews reported for Kaiser Health News, “Thanks in part to the 2010 health law’s provisions that allow adult children to stay on their parents’ plans until they reach age 26, employers are scrutinizing their dependent coverage policies more closely.” Heritage’s Drew Gonshorowski has cautioned against the adverse side effects … More

    VIDEO: The Future Is Brighter With School Choice

    This weekend’s release of “Won’t Back Down” has helped shine the spotlight on school choice. Heritage would like to keep it there, which is why we produced a short new video about the importance of parental choice in education. Frustrated by the status quo and failing schools, more and more … More

    Case Closed at UT Austin: Regnerus Exonerated

    In a victory for academic freedom, the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday made clear that sociologist Mark Regnerus’s study of adults whose parents had same-sex relationships deserves scholarly discussion—not investigation for scientific misconduct. A litany of allegations made by a blogger had triggered an inquiry earlier this summer. … More

    Head Start: President's Scaremongering Won't Work

    On Tuesday, President Obama criticized Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget proposal as making “draconian cuts” to federal spending programs. In particular, the President said, “If this budget becomes law and the cuts were applied evenly, starting in 2014, over 200,000 children would lose their chance to get an early education … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Far-Reaching Impact of Divorce

    While divorce at any age comes with potentially negative effects, according to new research from Michigan State University, divorce at a younger age can hurt people’s health more than divorce that occurs later in life. In fact—given that younger couples are also more likely to have children living at home—the … More

    School Choice: One Student's Chance for a Better Life

    Joseph Kelley knew something was wrong when his son Rashawn flunked first grade. “I knew he knew his alphabet forward and backward, he knew how to count to 100 forward and backward,” Kelley said. He had taught Rashawn these things himself. Rashawn’s teachers were surprised to find out that he … More

    Muppet Lily: One of the Few Hungry Children in America

    There’s a new kid on the block. Muppet Lily joined Elmo and Big Bird on the cast of Sesame Street last month. Despite Lily’s bright pink face looking cheery and healthy in her debut episode, the audience found out that Lily deals with hunger and food insecurity. Sesame Street’s newest … More

    When Fathers Become 'Courageous'

    The critical importance of committed fatherhood to the well-being of children is the theme of  “Courageous,” the latest little faith-based movie that could from Georgia-based brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The film made a strong beginning at hitting home: “Courageous” was Fandango’s weeklong king of advance ticket sales as it … More

    One in Five Children Poor—but What Does That Mean?

    Today a new report was released indicating nearly one in five children in the U.S. is poor. The report, from the Annie Casey Foundation, was technically correct; it followed conventional Census procedures for identifying poor children. But what does it mean to be “poor” in the U.S.? Government data show … More