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Kids in the News, September 9, 2011

Christina 09/09/11


In this edition, hungry families double in Washington state, and Spokane school administrators say they’ll increase breakfast participation to 70 percent to prime more kids for academic success. Health care providers discuss the local impact of Medicaid cuts on kids; plus, Head Start and Working Connections Child Care are described as invaluable to opportunity and pulling children out of poverty. In national news, child advocates push to protect Medicaid amidst federal debt negotiations, while families across America struggle with economic scarcity.

Twice The Number Of Hungry Families In WA Since '08 | KEPR TV | 09-08-2011
While across the nation hungry families decreased from 17.7 million to 16.1 million between 2009 and 2010, Washington state reflects the recession’s prolonged toll on families in the three years from 2008 to the end of 2010. The results confirm what emergency food providers, advocates, and those who run critical food and nutrition programs have observed throughout the years and see day-to-day: the hunger crisis swelled in the shadow of the recession, and the impact falls hard on more low-income families.
Letter: Early learning pays dividends | The Columbian | 09-03-2011
Studies have shown time and time again that every $1 spent on our children during their first five years saves us, taxpayers, money in the long run. …Most importantly the confidence in our children knowing that they are ready to start kindergarten is absolutely priceless.
Medicaid cuts target ER visits | The Spokesman-Review | 09-03-2011
Medical services for the poor are eroding in Washington state as budget cuts take hold. The latest round of Medicaid cutbacks will begin Oct. 1, including efforts to curb repeated use of hospital emergency rooms and similar services … two-thirds of Medicaid patients are children. After the third non-emergency visit to the ER, the state will send a letter to the patient and the family warning them they will be asked to pay for the next such visit. …“It’s a very difficult position and one that may put people and children with real medical needs at risk,” said Dr. Darin Neven, an emergency room doctor at Sacred Heart.
State Budget Cuts Reduce WA Families' After-School Options | Public News Service | 08-31-2011
Fewer families are part of Working Connections, the state-funded program which shares the cost of child care with working parents so they can keep working. Funding cuts have changed the eligibility requirements, meaning families have to be poorer to qualify. "What we're hearing in some communities is, because so many cuts have already had to be made to this program, there's been a wait list established; and that some families may have siblings care for younger children, or leaving kids home alone unattended, during the hours that they're not in school," says Janet Frieling of School’s Out Washington. Almost 40 percent of children whose families receive child-care subsidies are ages 5 through 12, she says… lack of access to affordable child care is the biggest barrier for families trying to pull themselves out of poverty.
Feeding the desire to learn | The Spokesman-Review | 08-26-2011
“There is no doubt that students who have access to a healthy breakfast are going to be more successful in school. It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry,” said Nancy Stowell, district superintendent. …The goal is to get breakfast participation up to at least 70 percent. At that level, the district breaks even between the subsidies it gets from the federal government to provide breakfast and the cost to serve the meal, said Doug Wordell, the district’s director of nutrition services.
Families Feel Sharp Edge of State Budget Cuts | The New York Times | 09-06-2011
Stretched beyond their limits and searching for new corners of their budgets to find spending cuts, states are now trimming benefits for residents who are in grim financial shape themselves.
On Race, The Silence Is Bipartisan | The New York Times | 09-03-2011
The economic crisis in the United States is also a racial crisis. White Americans are hurting, but nonwhite Americans are hurting even more. Yet leaders in both political parties — for different reasons — continue to act as though race were anachronistic and irrelevant in a country where an African-American is the president.
Editorial Board: Breakfast in the Classroom | The Washington Post | 09-04-2011
Others are reluctant to go to cafeterias when doing so clearly labels them as needy. But children who skip breakfast not only lose nutritionally but also tend to do worse at school. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to provide this critical morning meal where it has the best chance of being eaten — in the classroom.
Reaching out to immigrants to teach them about health care law and insurance | The Washington Post | 09-05-2011
In the past, CMS has worked with the Urban League, the NAACP and other African American groups to get eligible people signed up for public health insurance programs. But this is the first time it is reaching out to immigrants, said Melissa Herd, who does much of the training for CMS. The goal of the partnership is to arm community leaders with accurate information about Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program “that they can take back to the communities they serve,” Herd said.
Children's advocates decry Medicaid cuts ahead of deficit supercommittee action | The Hill's Healthwatch blog | 09-09-2011
"As Congress begins its work to secure significant savings as required by the debt ceiling agreement, it is important to remember that Medicaid serves some of our neediest children, seniors, parents, and people with disabilities, who have serious health problems and need access to affordable and efficient health care services," First Focus’s Bruce Lesley said in a statement.