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Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

No Kidding! The Children's Alliance blog

KIDS COUNT: Ensuring all children experience their optimal oral health

Every parent wants their children to grow up free of the pain, distraction, and expense of untreated dental decay. Yet too many Washington children are adversely affected by dental caries, a chronic condition of one or more cavities that can disrupt school, homework, sleep, and mealtimes, and then impede physical development, speech, and adequate nutrition.

 

Opportunity for every child

When times are bad, kids should be protected from harm. When the economy gets better, kids should share in the benefits.

Federal money for child care helps, but much more is needed

For healthy development, it’s imperative that babies and toddlers have the strongest learning experiences possible through high-quality early opportunities. Washington state policymakers, child care providers, and advocates have worked diligently on improving child care quality in Washington to give kids a strong start.

Support Washington’s babies and young parents

A new KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation details hurdles that young parents face to support their children. These barriers threaten both the still-developing young adult parents and their young children, setting off a chain of diminished opportunities for two generations.