The Springfield News-Leader has launched a public-service journalism project to focus public attention on critical challenges facing children, foster discussion and build on existing initiatives. You can read Executive Editor David Stoeffler's introductory column for more information on the project.

The recently created News-Leader's Every Child community advisory committee -- with representatives from the business, government, education, nonprofit, law enforcement, health and faith sectors -- will play an important role. It will educate and advise journalists and help engage other stakeholders and the general public in a discussion and, ultimately, action.

Springfield's children: key statistics

May 14, 2013

Key statistics about local children reported during the News-Leader’s Every Child public service journalism project, which started more than a year ago.

Act together for our kids

January 20, 2013

It is time to come together to act. Make our community a great place for kids, where every child grows up safe, happy, healthy and successful.

Turning ideas into action

January 20, 2013

It’s time for action. It’s time to work together better. It’s time to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of Springfield children. That was the pitch given last week for creating an umbrella coalition.