10/02/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at the upcoming A Mindful Miami Conference and how better to serve our community. We’ll visit with the conference co-chair and founder of Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman. Also with us, David Lawrence – the President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. And more...
09/02/14 - The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. On Tuesday's Topical Currents we look at the issue which is the subject of the POV documentary, “15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story.” It’s the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. A Supreme
A new move from the Department of Justice hopes to jumpstart the court proceedings for some of the most recent unaccompanied minors to arrive in the United States.
The speed, though, has many immigration lawyers alarmed.
The federal government’s new policy says many of the kids who have come into the country on or after May, 1, must have their first court hearing within 21 days from the start of their legal proceedings: the filing of their notice to appear in court.
Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.
Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.
06/04/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents delves into one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions of our time: ADHD. With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, alarming questions are being raised and our healthcare system is being impacted by the high costs. We visit with Dr.’s Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Sheffler. They’ve written THE ADH
There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.
And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."
02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families. Are kids more anxious today? Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness? We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.
In the wake of a wave of children's deaths last year, Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the Florida Legislature to include about $40 million in additional money for child protection in the next state budget, the governor announced Tuesday in Miami.
Scott's budget proposal includes nearly $32 million for the state Department of Children and Families for child protective investigations and $8 million for six Florida sheriff's offices that handle such investigations.
Scott called his proposal a "historic" budget increase for DCF, and Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo agreed.
01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization. It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . . from entrance to middle school through high school. College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.
When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:
Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.