April, 2012

Report: New dental provider works


A recently released report reveals that a new kind of health care provider, like the one proposed in the state Legislature last session, can effectively serve children and families who have a hard time getting affordable dental care.

What’s at stake for kids in the Farm Bill?

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s number-one defense against hunger. And it’s shaped by the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation renewed every five years by Congress, and up for consideration in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

Much of the Farm Bill debate centers on farm subsidies. Wealthy, vested interests are sure to weigh in. But with more than 1 million Washingtonians participating in Basic Food (our name for the program here in Washington), we need to make sure the voices of hungry families are heard.

Trayvon Martin and advocacy


At the Children’s Alliance we strive to protect children from the lethal effects of racism and inequality through advocacy: by working to change laws and policies so they create a better environment for all children.

As the close of the legislative session made clear, advocacy can work wonders. Yet it can’t intervene in a potentially fatal interaction between two individuals. When one of those interactions comes to pass, as it did for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., there is good reason for outrage.

And, amid our outrage, there are reasons to act.

Kids in the News, April 17, 2012

 

A final budget for Washington state contains some protections for kids, the Children’s Alliance responds to a new report showing that dental therapists and other licensed dental practitioners give safe and competent care worldwide, and a new national study suggests that Washington’s early learning dollars need to stretch farther to make preschool more accessible. National news highlights food stamps as an effective program that mitigates poverty.

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Advocacy made budget wins for Washington’s kids

 

At 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday, legislators passed a final state budget that will affect Washington’s kids for years to come. 

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Thanks to an extraordinary push from parents, children, and advocates across the state, we protected kids in the budget on a few major issues, and even made progress for them. 

Kids in the News, April 4, 2012

 

In this edition, education and child anti-hunger advocates agree that a cut to State Food Assistance is also a hit to education for 12,500 hungry kids in the state at risk of losing their food stamps. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care helps one family get through an emergency, and a new mid-level provider can prevent one in four Washington children from going to the emergency room as their first dental visit. In national news, the federal House budget would increase income inequality for children and families, with deep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps.

Kids in the News, April 4, 2012

 

In this edition, education and child anti-hunger advocates agree that a cut to State Food Assistance is also a hit to education for 12,500 hungry kids in the state at risk of losing their food stamps. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care helps one family get through an emergency, and a new mid-level provider can prevent one in four Washington children from going to the emergency room as their first dental visit. In national news, the federal House budget would increase income inequality for children and families, with deep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps.