Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.” (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.”

Brooks visited immigration facilities that housed thousands of immigrant children.

She says she doesn’t support any immigration policy that separates parents from their children. Still, Brooks says she was encouraged by what she saw at border facilities where thousands of children are held.

The Indiana Youth Institute released its annual Kids Count data book Monday. The report measures children’s well-being in five categories: family, economics, education, health and safety.

It highlights the well-being of children in preschool through college – and finds a mixed bag. Overall, it finds, Indiana’s children are “surviving, not thriving.”

We took a dive into how Indiana’s students and school systems measure up.

Major takeaways:



  When parents are asked what they most want their kids not to be, a surprising number answer with the word "spoiled". Though many have written similar handbooks on how to raise money-smart children, Ron Lieber delves deeper as he answers the very questions about money that children ask their parents and peers. "The Opposite of Spoiled" is full of personal experiences, big questions, and, of course, a rough guideline on how to start a financial conversation with your child. The West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Report: Fewer Hoosiers Using WIC Benefits

Aug 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, provides nutritional assistance and education to low-income mothers and children. Across the country, program participation is in steady decline.

According to the USDA’s economic research service, the number of monthly participants in the program fell 5-percent from 2013 to 2014, the largest decrease in the program’s 40-year history.

Summer Food Programs Start Statewide

Jun 5, 2014
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Summer meal programs are getting underway in 194 Indiana cities.

The programs are designed to ensure kids can get a nutritious breakfast and lunch over the summer when school lunch programs aren‘t operating.

Feeding Indiana‘s Hungry executive director Emily Bryant says participation in the program went up by nearly one-fourth last year.

As Hoosier parents and children prepare for a new school year, the Covering Kids and Families of Indiana program is kicking off its back to school campaign.  The initiative aims to encourage families to seek health coverage for their children.