4 Paws for Ability
Jerry Kenney

4 Paws For Ability provides highly trained service dogs to children and veterans with disabilities.  They’ve been providing them since 1998—the organization began in Cincinnati but is now located in Xenia.

Kelly Camm is the development director of the organization. In this interview, with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, she explains how 4 Paws is unique because they don't operate under any age or geographic restrictions.

SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget / Flickr

For the first time in years, Ohio has fallen behind most of the country when it comes to comes to caring for its kids. That’s according to annual Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“Syria In Our Eyes” Brings Syrian Youth Perspective To Dayton

Mar 25, 2016

A 2014 UNICEF report calls Syria one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, thousands of children have lost their families and friends and witnessed violence and brutality. One Syrian American family in the Dayton area has responded to the violence by organizing an exhibit of art by Syrian children. Syria in Our Eyes is on display at K12 and TEJAS Gallery in Dayton.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.

An Ohio initiative is seeking to boost access mental health consultants in an effort to curb the number of children expelled or suspended from kindergarten, preschool and other early childhood education settings.

The state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says 75 counties are expected to benefit from $9.1 million set aside in the state's two-year budget to help fund the initiative. Up to 64 mental health consultants will work with teachers and at-risk students in early learning programs such as Head Start and preschool.

The Santa Heist: Why Kids (And Adults) Go Wild About Santa Claus

Dec 24, 2015
Steve Haws, aka Santa Claus, has been taking toy orders from kids for decades. Here he is with Finn Reynolds.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

I was Christmas shopping with my five year old when it hit me—something I hadn’t thought about in a long time. When I was around his age, I tried to rob Santa Claus.


My best friend and I convinced our parents to let us have a sleepover on Christmas Eve, then we took turns standing on his bed, holding a metal detector up to the ceiling. It was a simple plan. When Santa's sled landed on the roof, its rails would set off the detector and we'd sneak downstairs to steal his bag of goodies.


A local non-profit is putting out a call for help in the way of donations.  Hanna’s Treasure Chest in Centerville helps families and children in need by supplying gently used care packages of clothing, toys, books, and games.

They serve as a donation collection site and then work with social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene and Warren Counties to distribute the goods to needy families in those areas.

Why Can't Adults Order From The Kids Menu?

May 25, 2015
Felix Dakota is happy with a kids' burger and fries from Young's Jersy Dairy.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Kids’ menus: they’re salty, sweet, greasy, and more appropriately portioned than lots of meals served to adults at casual restaurants. So, why the age restrictions? What stops adults from just ordering the small stuff they crave?

This question came in from Rachel Kirby in Nashville, Tennessee for Marketplace's “I’ve Always Wondered” series, a similar project to our local WYSO Curious series.

Parenting During Deployment

Feb 18, 2015
Giles Cook / Flickr Creative Commons

One of most challenging times for young children in military families is the deployment of a parent. Today our Veterans Voices series continues as we learn about a doctor’s separation from her newborn daughter, and the unique challenges she faced as a mother in the military. Marine Corps veteran, Wright State University student, and father Jeremy Dobbins has the story.

A child receives immunization for polio
United States Agency for International Development

A pair of bills to require nearly all kids in day care centers to be fully immunized are expected to move quickly in the lame duck session of the state legislature. 

The measures require parents to vaccinate their preschool age kids if they want to enroll them in one of the 4,100 licensed day care centers in Ohio. Republican Shannon Jones of Springboro sponsored the Senate version of the bill, and admits supporters have battled some misinformation about vaccines.

Children's Defense Fund - Report Generator

An annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Defense Fund Ohio finds that despite a perceived economic recovery, child poverty remains a serious issue in the state of Ohio.

Dawn Wallace-Pascoe is the Kids Count Project Manager with CDF Ohio.  She gave us an overview of the report and what it means for kids in Ohio.