Kids At Risk

Our Focus:

SC Appleseed advocates keeping all kids in school, out of jail and on track to become contributing members of society. We work to make sure that children are being afforded a free and appropriate public education, that children are covered by health insurance that could save their lives, and that families have access to nutritious, healthy meals at school and at home.

Our Focus on Kids project helps bring together South Carolina Children’s advocates to work on behalf of all children in our state.  The project has previously published “Behind the Numbers: An Overview of State Budget Cuts and the Impact on Children’s Programs”.

Current Projects:

Appleseed Ed Report A Blueprint for Reducing the School Dropout Rates in SC: SC Appleseed is currently involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s School to Prison Pipeline Project in South Carolina. Previously, we handled intakes and data collection as part of he Student Advocacy Project, a pro bono project with the law firm of Nelson Mullins to gain an overview of the special education landscape in our state. Read more about our work to public school districts fulfill their legal obligations to all students, including those with special needs.

School Lunch CC photo by Laura TaylorCombating Child Hunger: SC Appleseed advocates at the local, state and national levels for improved access to food for low-income South Carolinians, including children. This project includes ensuring that the federal government provides necessary food commodities and helping all eligible households enroll for food stamps, now known as the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program. Our goal is that no child in South Carolina will suffer from hunger.

In June 2014, SC Appleseed worked with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to put together a free webinar for the South Carolina Department of Education and school administrators across the state to learn about Community Eligibility (CEP), a tool for combating child hunger in schools.  More than 100 school officials participated in training and Districts around the state have already begun enrolling. Read more about Community Eligibility on our blog.

Lou Bueno Flickr Everything Checks OutChildren’s Healthcare:  An estimated 111,000 SC children 19 and under are without health insurance of any kind. Most of them are likely eligible for Medicaid coverage, even though their parents are working and not eligible for coverage. SC Appleseed has worked with legislators to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and when it was clear that the Medicaid agency was slow in enrolling eligible children, we embarked in an extensive outreach campaign, engaging the media and legislators to educate parents about this important health care program. We continue to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid and for the successful and full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina. Read more about our healthcare policy work. 

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