- Hospital pushes skin-to-skin contact between parents, child Updated: May-28-15 9:17 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Had everything gone according to plan, Cheyenne Blackford would have two more weeks before she delivered her first child. Her baby boy, Rhett, would be snug inside her, awaiting birth.
- Child safety officials work to recruit foster parents Updated: May-28-15 9:12 am
TEMPE, Arizona - Child safety officials are rolling out a resource website and emergency resource center next month as they increase efforts to recruit and retain foster parents.
- House scraps shielding agencies that bar gay adoptions Updated: May-26-15 11:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has scrapped - at least for the time being - a measure that would have allowed some child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children through them.
- Parents die in house fire after daughter can't save them Updated: May-25-15 6:50 pm
MERIDIAN, Mississippi - A man and a woman have died in a house fire in western Lauderdale County.
- Ritz urges parents to read with children over summer Updated: May-25-15 4:11 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's state schools superintendent is urging parents to read with their children over the summer.
- Connecticut man seeks to help children in foster care system Updated: May-24-15 3:05 am
WEST HAVEN, Connecticut - When Nathian Dohna graduated from the University of New Haven two years ago with a degree in criminal justice, he didn't expect to become involved in the state's foster care system.
- Megan Hilty on motherhood, 'Smash' and returning to Broadway Updated: May-21-15 8:31 am
NEW YORK - You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat waiters. So it's refreshing to see Megan Hilty smile and warmly greet each of the men busily setting up dinner service at the Cafe Carlyle.
- Baby on board: NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski a father Updated: May-20-15 3:42 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski is a first-time father, welcoming a daughter this week.
- Spain's Princess Leonor breaks tradition with 1st communion Updated: May-20-15 10:18 am
MADRID - Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, has celebrated her first communion in a low-key ceremony that broke with tradition.
- Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from the NY Baby Show Updated: May-20-15 9:10 am
NEW YORK - How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
- Unequal schools in France prompt strike, soul-searching Updated: May-19-15 1:35 pm
PARIS - France is trying to shake up a top-down system of teaching, end an elite bilingual program and give schools more say in how students spend their time, saying entrenched inequality in education threatens the country's future.
- 'Reuseum' in Boise spurs kids' passion for technology Updated: May-18-15 9:56 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination.
- Boston mayor OK's paid parental leave for city workers Updated: May-18-15 3:23 pm
BOSTON - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has signed a new ordinance establishing up to six weeks of paid parental leave for city workers.
- Suicides rare in young children; rate edged up in black boys Updated: May-18-15 11:21 am
CHICAGO - Suicides by young children are rare and the low rate has held mostly stable except for a troubling increase among black boys, two decades of U.S. data show.
- Minnesota parents liked Henry, Olivia for baby names in 2014 Updated: May-17-15 5:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota parents really liked Henry and Olivia for baby names in 2014.
- Colorado governor defends embattled child welfare agency Updated: May-15-15 1:11 pm
DENVER - Colorado's governor defended the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction.
- Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years Updated: May-15-15 7:55 am
WASHINGTON - Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students.
- Prying parents: Phone monitoring apps flourish in S. Korea Updated: May-15-15 4:46 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Lee Chang-june can be miles from his 12-year-old son but still know when he plays a smartphone game. With the press of an app he can see his son's phone activity, disable apps or totally shut down the smartphone.
- Consumer agency opens inquiry on student loan services Updated: May-14-15 12:04 am
WASHINGTON - Do companies that service student loans make more money when they provide less service? The federal government's consumer watchdog wants to see what changes can be made to help the 40 million people with student loan debt save money and avoid default.
- Colorado school authorities back off survey changes Updated: May-13-15 7:36 pm
DENVER - Colorado school officials backed off a plan Wednesday to change how the state asks kids about their sex lives and drug use in anonymous surveys.
- Clarification: Military-Maternity Leave story Updated: May-13-15 11:46 am
NORFOLK, Virginia - In a story May 12, The Associated Press reported that extending paternity leave for Navy sailors would require legislative approval. The story should have specified that the Navy is only proposing extending paid maternity leave, not paternity leave. Both would require legislative approval.
- Colorado youth survey on sex, drugs up for vote Updated: May-13-15 3:06 am
DENVER - A youth survey about sex, drugs and other risky behaviors is finally due for a vote by the Colorado Board of Education. Board members are considering whether parents should have to give permission before students take the anonymous surveys.
- AG Healey reviewing pay equity, OKs 6-week parental leave Updated: May-12-15 4:51 pm
BOSTON - State Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that her office will allow new parents to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, including parents who adopt or participate in foster care.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: May-11-15 6:27 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-K Updated: May-11-15 2:40 pm
LOS ANGELES - Disparities in access to early learning opportunities have increased, with some states enrolling nearly all children in their pre-kindergarten programs and others not offering any services, according to a national study on early education released Monday.