Stella M. Chávez http://keranews.org en Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp http://keranews.org/post/young-mariachis-learn-sing-and-play-pros-summer-camp <p>Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18<sup>th</sup> century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a <a href="http://news.unt.edu/news-releases/young-mariachis-learn-grammy-nominated-musicians-unt-mariachi-aguilitas-summer-camp" target="_blank">mariachi summer camp for middle and high school</a> kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:56:41 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 53099 at http://keranews.org Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp Texas Is One Of The Worst States For Kids, Survey Says http://keranews.org/post/texas-one-worst-states-kids-survey-says <p>An annual national report on children's well-being doesn’t have a lot of good news for Texas. The Kids Count study, released by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aecf.org/" target="_blank">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, shows that Texas still ranks in the bottom 10 states.</p><p>To be precise, Texas is No. 43.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:07 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52972 at http://keranews.org Texas Is One Of The Worst States For Kids, Survey Says Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress http://keranews.org/post/pilot-project-will-teach-fort-worth-pre-k-kids-how-tackle-stress <p>Here’s a question. Do you know the difference between your amygdala and the hippocampus? There’s a group of 3 year olds in Oak Cliff who do. And soon, pre-K children in Fort Worth may know, too. <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.fwisd.org/pages/FWISD/News/Momentous_Institute_and_FWISD_" target="_blank">The district</a> is teaming up with <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.salesmanshipclub.org/youth-family-centers/" target="_blank">Momentous Institute</a> in a new partnership aimed at teaching young children how to take care of their social and emotional health.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:33 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52933 at http://keranews.org Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress How North Texans Are Helping Central American Children http://keranews.org/post/how-north-texans-are-helping-central-american-children <p>When 2000 children from Central America come to North Texas later this month, they’ll be greeted by a burgeoning army of volunteers. Here's how local organizations are responding to folks who want to help.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:34:59 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52551 at http://keranews.org How North Texans Are Helping Central American Children Residents Sound Off About Dallas County's Plans To House 2,000 Immigrant Children http://keranews.org/post/residents-sound-about-dallas-countys-plans-house-2000-immigrant-children <p>The Dallas County Commissioners Court had a packed house Tuesday. Many in the audience were there to hear the latest on plans to temporarily house 2,000 children who’ve been detained at the border.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:37:43 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52245 at http://keranews.org Residents Sound Off About Dallas County's Plans To House 2,000 Immigrant Children Immigrant Children Face A Lengthy Legal Process http://keranews.org/post/immigrant-children-face-lengthy-legal-process <p>The Obama administration announced Monday that most of the immigrant children who’ve crossed the border will be sent back to their home countries, and it plans to ask Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds. KERA sat down with a local immigration attorney to see how the kids make their way through the legal system.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:36:11 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52178 at http://keranews.org Immigrant Children Face A Lengthy Legal Process Dallas County Makes Plans To Welcome 2,000 Immigrant Children http://keranews.org/post/dallas-county-makes-plans-welcome-2000-immigrant-children <p>Dallas County plans to soon welcome 2,000 of the 52,000 children who’ve entered the country illegally in recent months.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re coming from Central America and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many are trying to escape violence and drug cartels.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:05:49 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao, Shelley Kofler & Stella M. Chávez 51956 at http://keranews.org Dallas County Makes Plans To Welcome 2,000 Immigrant Children Billy Porterfield, Longtime Texas Journalist and KERA Producer, Dies At 81 http://keranews.org/post/billy-porterfield-longtime-texas-journalist-and-kera-producer-dies-81 <p>Billy Porterfield, a longtime Texas journalist and author, died Sunday. He spent several years at KERA-TV.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:20:05 +0000 Eric Aasen & Stella M. Chávez 51876 at http://keranews.org Billy Porterfield, Longtime Texas Journalist and KERA Producer, Dies At 81 Groups Scramble As Dallas County Plans To Welcome 2,000 Immigrant Children http://keranews.org/post/groups-scramble-dallas-county-plans-welcome-2000-immigrant-children <p>Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ <a href="http://keranews.org/post/humanitarian-crisis-dallas-county-makes-plans-shelter-2000-immigrant-children" target="_blank">announcement Saturday to temporarily house</a> as many as 2,000 children who've entered the country illegally surprised many people. Now, some local groups are preparing to meet with Jenkins to find out how they'll be helping.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:55:33 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 51851 at http://keranews.org Groups Scramble As Dallas County Plans To Welcome 2,000 Immigrant Children At Plano Summer Camp, Ukrainians And Russians Play Together http://keranews.org/post/plano-summer-camp-ukrainians-and-russians-play-together <p>More than 100,000 people have fled Ukraine for Russia this year, the <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/53ad57099.html" target="_blank">United Nation’s refugee agency</a> reported on Friday. In Plano, though, there’s a church where kids from both countries play side by side in a summer camp.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:15:33 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 51732 at http://keranews.org At Plano Summer Camp, Ukrainians And Russians Play Together