When children are forced to skip meals, or can’t access high quality nutrition, their performance in school suffers. Learn more about the link between childhood nutrition and academic achievement.
All children deserve healthy, nutritious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here in Washington, the legislature made a smart decision to meet our children’s nutritional needs by creating State Food Assistance in 1997. Learn more.
Nuestra 2013 agenda legislativa piede que legisladores:
- Combatir el hambre infantil;
- Invertir en la educación temprana;
- Fortalecer a Apple Health for Kids;
- Expandir el acceso al cuidado dental;
- Poner un alto a los recortes e incremente el ingreso.
Out-of-date laws are keeping Washingtonians from receiving the oral health care that is vital to their overall health.
Modernizing our laws will free up dentists with a proven workforce-based solution: a mid-level oral health care provider who will deliver the routine care and oral health education that families need.
Current marijuana enforcement policy is failing children and families. Decades of study have proven the unequal treatment of communities of color in the criminal justice system, especially in enforcement of marijuana policy. Washington’s kids pay a terrible price for these persistent racial disparities: children are separated from their parents, and families are trapped in poverty when adults are denied access to educational and economic opportunities. Read more about our position on Initiative 502.
Since the beginning of the recession, the number of Washington state families struggling with hunger has increased sharply. Between 2008 and 2011, 75,000 new households joined the ranks of the hungry, and the rate of hunger in the state is the highest it has ever been. Read our new report.
Dental disease is the most common disease Washington’s children face. Six in 10 third-graders have some form of tooth decay.
It’s our constitutional duty to provide our children with a basic education. It’s also in everyone’s best interest.
One in four of our state’s children is struggling with hunger. We have effective tools to fight childhood hunger – food stamps, school meals, summer meals, afterschool meals and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Apple Health for Kids gives Washington families affordable, appropriate health care for their children. Thousands of parents have turned to Apple Health for Kids to secure regular check-ups and other services so that common childhood illnesses do not develop into chronic and costly health problems.
Ask these five questions for candidates running for state offices (state legislators and governor). Please scroll to see reverse side for questions for candidates running for Congress.