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Children’s Alliance applauds U.S. Senate for Renewing support for Apple Health for Kids

SEATTLE—Advocates for children and families in Washington applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a bill yesterday that extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years. 
The vote follows passage of identical legislation in the House. It demonstrates that members of Congress overwhelmingly support the CHIP program and understand it is vital to keeping kids across the country healthy.

Statement on the House Budget Proposal

The investments in the House budget proposal will help our state’s children reach for their full potential. 
Funding for the historic, bipartisan Early Start Act will give parents more opportunities for quality early learning for their children. Early learning builds healthy families, safe communities and a strong economy.
The House budget also ends the 25 percent cut to food assistance for immigrant families.

Children’s Alliance applauds U.S. House passage of support for Apple Health for Kids

SEATTLE—Children’s health advocates in Washington state praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for taking action to ensure children in Washington state and across the nation continue to get the quality health coverage they need to succeed.
Today’s bipartisan House vote to renew funding for the highly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will help ensure that kids from low- and moderate-income working families continue to receive the care they need to reach their full potential. 

Media Release: Advocates for children, families file Amicus Curiae Brief in McCleary v. Washington

Contacts:

Siobhan Ring, Mobilization Director, Children’s Alliance, (206) 851-6475; siobhan@childrensalliance.org
Joaquin Uy, Communications Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, (206) 427-2999; joaquin@wliha.org
Charlie McAteer, Communications Consultant, Columbia Legal Services, (917) 696-1321, charlie.mcateer@columbialegal.org

For Immediate Release

MON., AUG. 4, 2014 — Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.

The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families.

“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”

Read the full release.

The filed motion and brief are available online here.

NEW REPORT SHOWS RACIAL OPPORTUNITY GAP HURTS WASH. CHILDREN

Today’s release of the KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The data can better inform policymakers who create policies and programs that can benefit all children, while targeting strategies and investments where attention is needed most.

Schools win cash for helping students "fuel up first"

Eight school districts across Washington state have earned honors for serving more students the first meal of the day: breakfast.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, the Washington State Dairy Council, and the non-profit advocacy group for kids the Children’s Alliance are recognizing the school districts with gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of $500-$1,500. The Dairy Council provided funds for the awards, and for colorful award banners to hang in local schools.

MEDIA RELEASE: Community Organizations Speak Up for Equal Benefits for Hungry Families


Seventy-one community based organizations from across the state have joined together to call for full restoration of State Food Assistance for Washington children, elders, and families.

The organizations, representing people in communities of color and anti-hunger organizations like food banks, are asking state legislators to restore full funding to State Food Assistance, a crucial form of food support for children in immigrant families.

New Data Shows Critical Need to Invest in Children's Early Years

New national data shows that state and federal policies fail to connect thousands of Washington children to the opportunities they need for success in school and in life.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life.