Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Kids in the News, August 4, 2011

Christina 08/04/11

In this week’s edition, President Obama seals the deal on raising the federal debt ceiling with a new committee and process that will influence the nation’s priorities. This draws response from child advocates and the local health care community. Also, the drop in local federal emergency aid means fewer meals for hungry kids, and one famous lunch lady in North Carolina refuses to let kids in her hometown go hungry in the summertime while food stamps use skyrockets.

Washington state wants certainty on debt-deal cuts | The News Tribune (Tacoma)| 08-02-2011
“We have no time to wait and risk our economic recovery,” Gov. Gregoire said. “While I am not aware of all the details of the (debt-ceiling) compromise, maintaining funding to support state programs including Medicaid and our state’s Pell Grants is critical to our state and its future.”
Guest editorial: Budget cuts will make us pay more for health care | Yakima Herald-Republic | 07-30-2011
Community Health Centers were on track to double their patient capacity to 40 million patients over the next five years. This expansion would have brought comprehensive services such as immunizations, prenatal care, dentistry and mental health services to communities that lack them today. However, in the current tight fiscal climate, we now face significantly reduced federal support, leaving little for expansion efforts or little hope to the 800 communities that have submitted applications for a Community Health Center.
Block efforts to shift funds from low-income, minority schoolchildren | The Seattle Times |08-02-2011
Republicans in Congress hope to shift federal funding away from low-income and minority schoolchildren. The plan threatens more than 40 years of progress ensuring equal opportunities in America's classrooms.
Kids’ summer meals continue | Chinook Observer | 08-02-2011
The Peninsula’s first Kid’s Summer Lunch Program began on July 19, and so far, according to organizers, turnout has been good for a first year. The group served 263 kids in their first week and hope the number will continue to improve as more people learn about it.
Nicole Brodeur: For some kids cuts at nonprofit mean fewer meals | The Seattle Times | 08-01-2011
The Emergency Feeding Program … just lost 32 percent of its annual revenue, because of cuts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. … (Arthur) Lee understands all of that. But he'll never understand how minds work in Washington, D.C…."The programs that are cut impact the most vulnerable populations." I worry the most about the kids who aren't getting the meals they would normally get in school…. One recent day, 3,378 kids were served breakfast, lunch and a snack at various playgrounds and community centers around the city. That's a 750-kid drop from last year, likely because th
Rep. Ruth Kagi: Washington must confront public health challenge of childhood trauma
Young children who experience serious trauma or neglect are more likely to have long-term negative health and other impacts than those who do not — including obesity. …This research highlights the importance of support for families experiencing adversity as they struggle to raise young children. The health consequences, and the costs to society, are too high to ignore.
Rotting toddler teeth targeted by pediatricians, dentists | KPLU News | 07-25-2011
In fiscal year 2009, 43% of Medicaid-insured children under age 6 years in Washington state accessed dental care. That means the majority of kids in that group, 57%, didn’t access any dental care. Back in 1997, only 22% of Medicaid-insured children under 6 years accessed care. So, access has clearly increased, but there’s more.
Getting back to the basics for our nation’s children | The Huffington Post | 07-21-2011
It should be noted that CHIP was established in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which made significant cuts to balance the federal budget and created subsequent budget surpluses. In short, Congress made children a priority, even in tough times, and the result was significant progress in outcomes for children.
Cuts to SNAP/Food Stamps Would Eliminate Significant Economic Stimulus | The Economist 07-14-2011
…the rapid growth of food stamps in recent years is a sign that they are working as intended, responding promptly to hard economic times. … About half of them are children, and another 8% are elderly. When Moody’s Analytics assessed different forms of stimulus, it found that food stamps were the most effective, increasing economic activity by $1.73 for every dollar spent.
Lunchlady refuses to let kids go in the summer | CBS News | 08-02-2011
For a lot of kids in our country, summertime means hunger. That's because 32 million kids are in school lunch programs for poor students and most of those programs close for summer vacation. CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts found a woman in Thomasville, N.C. who simply refused to let the children in her town go hungry. … "If you could go to Washington and talk to Congress and talk to President Obama, what would you say?" asked Pitts."I would ask him to please let every child in America eat free breakfast and free lunch every day." But for most of the 20 million children in America who qualify for free and reduced lunch, there is no Brenda Watford and there is no one delivering a nutritious meal. They will spend this summer like summer's past -- in need of help that will not come.