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Apple Health for Kids provides a lifeline for struggling families

As more and more Washington families feel the economic pinch and struggle to pay their bills, legislation passed almost two years ago is extending a lifeline of health security. Beginning January 1, 2009, Washington’s Apple Health for Kids phases in for children in families up to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, around $52,800 a year for a family of three. The state will begin accepting applications for health coverage for these families beginning the last week of November (for coverage that will start January 1, 2009). One of the first children in line for this program will be seven-year-old Sarah McIntyre of Yakima. Sarah was born with a hole in her heart and cysts on one lung.

Read the Children’s Alliance press release.

Children's Alliance in the News: Vote for Us!

Parent Map, in its October issue, offers up "an analysis of the major issues and races affecting families" in Washington. Topping the list are a number of Children's Alliance priorities, including early learning, children's health coverage and foster care. The article also features the Children's Alliance legislative agenda for the 2009 session and multiple quotes from our own deputy director, Jon Gould, inlcuding this one on the subject of early learning:

We're in the news: More families will qualify for food stamps

The Spokesman Review in Spokane carried a great story about how nearly impossible it is to feed a family a balanced, healthy diet on a tight budget. The article quotes the Children’s Alliance’s very own food policy expert, Linda Stone, and highlighted the expansion of food stamp eligibility that will go into effect on October 1st. The expansion, which was a big victory in the 2008 legislative session, will open up food stamps to 23,000 more families.

Read the full story.

We're in the News: Living Food: Hunger amid plenty

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board came out strongly in favor of advancing programs that feed children in Washington State. The editorial noted the invisibility of childhood hunger:

“Hunger among Washington's children can be hard to detect. Their teachers may only notice inattention and crankiness.”

As well as making a strong case for investing now in the needs of hungry families and children.

We're in the news: Washington's task is to feed the children

Renowned chef and author Tom Douglas spoke up for the Children's Alliance's plan to end childhood hunger in a guest editorial in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week.

"As a chef, I take pleasure in feeding people. As a citizen, I find it appalling that people in my community are hungry...End Childhood Hunger Washington's 10-point strategic plan lays out how we can end childhood hunger in our state."

Court Holds State Accountable

Children living in foster care need what all kids need: love, stability, health, safety and a path to create a successful adult life. For too long in Washington State children living in foster care haven't gotten what they need. A court decision in early July ordered the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to keep the promises made to foster kids in the 2004 settlement of the Braam v. Washington lawsuit.

Early Learning = Basic Education

Seventeen organizations, including the Children's Alliance, have issued a statement to the Washington State Joint Task Force on Basic Education Finance urging the members of the Task Force to include early learning in the revised definition of Basic Education.

"Washington State cannot ensure a basic education for all, let alone reach a higher goal, without ensuring that children gain the intellectual and social skills required for success in school prior to entering the K-12 system."