State Capitol, Olympia
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In this week’s edition, lawmakers, parents and teachers mark the 25th year of the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) while schools in King County observe National School Lunch Week – an event that illuminates child hunger across the country.
In this edition, the Children’s Alliance says that cuts won’t solve Washington’s growing hunger crisis, and school breakfast provides one solution to child hunger while priming students for success. Also, further cuts in response to the state’s revenue forecast would sacrifice jobs and hurt kids, and a new health policy threatens the lives of the most vulnerable Washington children. In national news, slashing public assistance programs and jobs will pull more families into poverty, and proposed changes to Head Start could mean more children will be better prepared for kindergarten.
In this week’s edition, rising hunger among children in the Tri-Cities is the outcome of a long recession; Medicaid’s future is still uncertain with a known children’s champion leading federal debt limit conversations; and the U.S. Census Bureau reports that poverty has risen to 46.2 million. Also in the nation, African American families account for one quarter of the hunger-afflicted, as grandparents advocate for food stamps and school meals for their grandkids.
In this week’s edition, the Children’s Alliance, anti-hunger partners, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction launch the Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge, motivating schools across Washington to make sure more students can focus on their studies, not their stomachs. Also, new figures show the impact of the recession on the state’s children, and hunger threatens up to 17 million kids across the country.
In this week’s edition, experts advise new Early Learning Race to the Top funds, the summer meals program continues to provide nutrition and sustenance to kids across the state, and the achievement gap persists between Latino and white students. More stories highlight the importance of an improved Medicaid system and the business pay-off on early education investments.
In this edition, Children’s Alliance helps put together the puzzle pieces of ending childhood hunger, delivers the inaugural Brewster C. Denny Rising Advocate Award in honor of a longtime member at our 2011 Voices Luncheon, and awaits the signing of the state operating budget. National news highlights child poverty, summer meals, Medicaid cuts and the true benefits of early learning for kids in a democratic society.
In this edition, the news continues to highlight state legislators’ protection of Apple Health for Kids. In addition, the need for revenue in our state and the possibility of new early learning federal funds are discussed, and in national news, food stamp funding is the subject of debate, while analysis of the federal debt ceiling and spending cap translates into “bad for children’s health.”
In this week’s edition, Children’s Alliance takes on the Senate attack on children’s health and clarifies what true reform means in our state, while one budget leader stands up for children’s coverage. Also, a local expert shows how the growing population of Washingtonians from the Marshall Islands carry a unique history that makes cutting their State Food Assistance a life-or-death situation.
In this week’s edition, state lawmakers tackle tax loopholes in the last weeks of the legislative session, Gov. Gregoire and the legislature near agreement about who will control the state’s public assistance budget, and in national news, a proposal to change the Medicaid program would hurt state governments and worsen health care for millions.
In this week’s edition, food banks say they can’t fill the gap as hunger increases and deep cuts are proposed for State Food Assistance, and Gov. Gregoire calls for a special session starting Tuesday so lawmakers can agree on ways to balance Washington’s books. In other news, Rep. Kristine Lytton supports closing tax exemptions to invest in kids’ education, and several tax exemption bills see daylight at an April 21 public hearing.