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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.

More than 1 Million Washingtonians to See a Cut in Food Assistance Beginning Tomorrow

On November 1, more than 1.1 million people in low-income families in Washington state will see their food assistance benefits cut, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires. Read our joint press release with the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

MEDIA RELEASE: "State of Washington's Children 2013" looks at racial opportunity gap

Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”

“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.

Read the full press release.

Media Release: Apple Health for Kids wins millions in federal recognition

FRI., DEC. 21, 2012 – Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $12 million from the federal government for connecting more children to health care.

The Obama Administration awarded the money, a performance bonus, to Washington on Wednesday. Our state was among 23 states nationwide to earn bonuses for getting more children enrolled in health coverage.

MEDIA RELEASE: Seattle school honored for feeding more kids a healthy breakfast

SEATTLE — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn visits Dearborn Park Elementary on Friday morning to honor its staff with a Super School award.

The award comes as part of the Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge, which has inspired school leaders across the state to serve healthy breakfasts to more students.

“A nutritious breakfast calms rumbling stomachs and focuses young minds,” Dorn says. “The Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge helps make sure kids are ready to learn when the school day begins.”

MEDIA RELEASE: Local lawmakers awarded for drawing the future for kids

Tacoma (Thursday, August 30, 2012) – First 5 FUNdamentals and the Early Learning Action Alliance are proud to recognize Sen. Mike Carrell (28th – Lakewood), Sen. Debbie Regala (27th – Tacoma) and Rep. Bruce Dammeier (25th – Puyallup) for their outstanding work in helping more children access early learning opportunities. Next Wednesday, Sept. 5, each will be presented with a Crayon Award.