2:19 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Diapers Represent A Significant Need For Low-Income Families

An estimated 17,000 Kansas City kids don't have enough diapers.

Their families just can't afford them.

"Diapers and other hygiene products – including cleaning supplies – are not provided by any state or federal subsidy," says Joanne Goldblum, executive director of the National Diaper Bank Network.

And diapers, especially the disposable kind required by most childcare centers, are a significant expense, up to $100 a week.

If that amount seems high, Goldblum says it's because poor families don't have the same resources as wealthier ones.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:21 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third

Kansas ranked 15th nationwide in the latest Kids Count assessment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Missouri ranked 29th.
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual Kids Count report on Tuesday, and Kansas ranked 15th overall and Missouri 29th. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Both Kansas and Missouri saw their indicators for education and health improve while their indicators for economic well-being and family and community mostly worsened.

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Central Standard
4:42 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby

According to the USDA, a child born in 2012 to a middle income family would cost an average of 241,000 by the time they're 18.
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Expecting a new baby can force many parents to make complicated financial decisions. On Monday's Central Standard, we were joined by the Cash Money Crew to discuss how to approach and manage the monetary costs that come with a new child.


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Up To Date
3:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids

This is a family in Guatemala who has received support from Unbound.

As the U.S. struggles with the thousands of "border kids" crossing its southern boundaries, one organization in Kansas City, Kansas is working with families in Latin America to help children remain in their own communities.

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Harvest Public Media
8:34 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede rodeo.
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A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.

Mutton busting has its roots in Colorado, where it was first introduced in the 1980s at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The crowd-pleaser is now a favorite at many rodeos and county fairs across the Midwest and Great Plains.

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6:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day?

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Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.

A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.

The February snowfall, which made it into the record books at the National Weather Service,  preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Exceptional Children And The Search For Identity

Andrew Solomon is the author of 'Far From the Tree.'

Medical problems, gender identity or varied abilities that put children out of the mainstream can bring overwhelming challenges for the individual and their family. In the first part of Monday's Up to Datewe take a look at how this struggle forms identities for the children and the parents.


  • Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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Central Standard
2:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule

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There was a time when being a kid did not involve needing a planner. Those days are long gone for many families in the new world of lessons, sports, classes, tutoring, clubs, church groups and academics. Many children have busier schedules than their parents, which means the parents’ schedules fill up, too.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting

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Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with Barbies. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?

When raising a child, what gender choices do you make for your child, and what do you let them decide for themselves?  What defines a boy as a boy, or a girl as a girl?

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Central Standard
8:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support?

A case in Kansas will have jurors deciding whether a sperm donor should have to pay child support.
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A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William Marotta responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm.

The couple gave birth to a child, however,  when the child started receiving state aid, Marotta found himself being sued by the state for thousands in child support.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography

Linda Solomon's Pictures of Hope project let children in difficult situations express their hopes for the future.

A homeless shelter might seem an unlikely place to look for the hopes and dreams of children, but for one photographer, it's a way to shine a light for children stuck in bad situations.

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8:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Kan. Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

A task force looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas wrapped up a series of meetings Monday. The governor appointed group discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

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11:38 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Children's Center Announces $2.3M Grant To Expand Trauma Programs

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The Crittenton Children’s Center Friday announced it was receiving a major grant to help preschool-aged children cope with trauma.

In front of a crowd of around 200 health professionals at the Kaufmann Foundation, Crittenton CEO Janine Hron said that the Center will be able to expand its Head Start – Trauma Smart program thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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8:49 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Advocates Say Children Didn't Fare Well In Kan. Legislative Session

Kansas lawmakers this year spared early childhood programs from the budget axe, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.

The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Making Homes Safe For Kids

Charlie Horn

When you’ve put child locks on all the cabinets and plugged all the electrical outlets, what’s left to child-proof your home? 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Poetry With Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy
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Though she’s famous for her family name, Caroline Kennedy has made a name for herself in other ways, too.

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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Financial Advice: Kids And Money

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There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.

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Up to Date
5:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Summer Reading For Children & Youth

School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.

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Central Standard
1:39 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

New Trends In Clowning

Our guest Dennis Porter of Happy Faces Entertainment

In the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, we send in a clown.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:19 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Spotting Dyslexia May Be Possible Even Before Kids Learn To Read

How to test reading ability in children who can't read has been a problem for researchers.

For people with dyslexia, problems recognizing words can make life difficult. Children usually aren't diagnosed until elementary school, when it becomes clear they're struggling with reading. But scientists say it could be possible to diagnose and help kids much earlier by identifying problems with visual attention — long before they learn to read.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Reading Promise

They called it "The Streak." Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

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Up to Date
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011

Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back", one of Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children's books of 2011.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular

Today on the show, the art slash kids show Whoop Dee Doo returns to take another stab at making radio. They’ve created a spooky Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular to debut live on today’s show.

Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

The Troubadours Poetry Club

The Troubadours Poetry Club Year Book Photo. (2011)

Kansas City’s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.  Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.  This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.

Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:

I Remember
By Anna Stark

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Whoop De Doo Does Radio

Did you ever as a child sit down in front of the TV and laugh or sing along to those variety shows aired on public access television? 

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