In this week’s edition, lawmakers, parents and teachers mark the 25th year of the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) while schools in King County observe National School Lunch Week – an event that illuminates child hunger across the country.
Ready by Five kids gain seeds of knowledge | Yakima Herald-Republic | 10-12-2011
Ready By Five's overall goal is family literacy, so while the kids -- ages 0-2 in one group, 2-5 in another -- are playing games and practicing English, their parents are also taking classes in English and computer skills. "If you educate the parents and the children, the parents can help sustain what the children learn, and help support the children in school," explained Helen Marieskind, Ready By Five’s executive director.
Auburn participates in National School Lunch Week | The Auburn Reporter | 10-10-2011
From making it easier for kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables to improving nutrition education, the Auburn, Highline, Kent, Renton and Seattle school districts are working to make healthy choices easier for students, while fighting childhood obesity.
Op-ed: Washington state must have debate about increasing revenues | The Seattle Times | 10-10-2011
Based on evidence, not ideology, this grand all-cuts experiment has both failed to revive our economy and has made it worse. The next step must be both to protect our most vulnerable and prime the economy's pump through prudent, results-oriented spending, using new revenues that least harm growth. In our state that requires a public debate and vote. Let's have
Clark County Mom featured at Olympia event: Early childhood education spotlighted, even as shadows loom | The Columbian| 10-08-2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire spoke at the event, acknowledging the growth of the program as well as the importance of protecting early education during difficult economic times. “For every dollar we put into ECEAP, we get a whole lot of money back. It is the single best investment we can make in the future of a child and in the future of this state,” Gregoire said.
Telling a child’s story of hunger | Feeding America blog | 10-13-2011
Josie, 7, speaks calmly and without a trace of bitterness about how it feels to be the only child in her class who doesn’t bring a snack. She explains with an understanding well beyond her years that her father — a single dad whose unemployment benefits had expired — simply can’t afford snacks sometimes.
Supply, Labor, Money Gets More Local Food Into Schools | National Public Radio | 10-12-2011
When it comes to meeting the goal of getting more local food into school lunch, a major challenge has always been finding the money. Thanks to the new school lunch law, more federal grants than ever are available. But the problem is bigger than money. It takes a serious supply chain and dedicated labor to make it work, too.
National School Lunch Week – A Time to Celebrate | USDA Blog | 10-11-2011
Every child deserves to have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. That’s reason enough to recognize the nutritional accomplishments of our school meals programs during National School Lunch Week, Oct. 10-14. But there is more to celebrate…As children now eat as many as two meals a day at school, it’s increasingly evident that the school food environment plays a more vital role in their welfare…If we want to win the future…then we also have to win the race to educate our kids. And that means that we must make sure that all kids are fueled by the healthiest, most nutritious food we can provide.