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Media Digest 10-05-2010

Adam 09/30/10


In this edition, watch an in-depth television special from King 5 TV uncovering the most important educational period of a child’s life: from birth to age 5. In a short series, King 5’s Joyce Taylor and Brad Goode cover how, with new brain-imaging technology, University of Washington researchers are observing the amazing goings-on inside the minds of infants. They visit an educational home base for the children of farmworkers who are “always on the go.” And they show how one library is bringing toddler storytime on the road.

Also: Read Children’s Alliance executive director Paola Maranan’s article urging a NO vote on Initiative 1107; deputy director Jon Gould explains why I-1053 is bad for kids; hear how one of the state’s largest health insurers is ending its child-only coverage; and learn about a new effort to get Spokane schoolchildren regular visits to a nurse.

'Learning for Life' special looks at how babies learn | KING 5 TV | Sept. 26, 2010
Joyce Taylor and Brad Goode host a one-hour special revealing
how babies think, how their brains absorb information, and what every
adult can do to give young children the best start in life.
Breakthrough research done right here in Washington proves babies are
born learning. From day one, their tiny brains begin absorbing an
incredible amount of information, and they know a lot before they can
speak or walk. World-renowned scientists from the University of
Washington reveal their latest research on how babies learn and we visit
with people who work with both babies and their parents.
No on 1107: Initiative favors special interests over residents’ welfare | The Columbian | September 26, 2010
The American Beverage Association (ABA), national lobbying arm
of the soda industry, is asking you to give them a tax break. In fact,
they’re willing to spend over $14 million in Washington state to make
sure you give them that tax break by passing Initiative 1107.Even if
they only spend the majority of the money they’ve put into the campaign,
it will set a record for spending on an initiative in our state. 
Kids lose if Initiative 1053 wins | Real Change News | Sept. 29, 2010
California has laid off thousands of teachers and defunded
essential services such as health care and education — yet they still
deal with budget crisis after budget crisis. Why? Several years ago
California approved a measure that prohibits the legislature from
investing in education and health care unless a two-thirds super
majority agrees to it — which means a small minority can block action.
Because of that measure, essential services for children and seniors
have been drastically cut — and the same will happen here if Washington
state voters pass I-1053.
Kreidler Calls Regence’s Decision To Cut-off Children Unfair To Families | The Seattle Medium | Sept. 29, 2010
Regence BlueShield, one of Washington state’s largest health
insurers, intends to stop selling new policies for children under age 19
as of Oct. 1. The decision followed days of discussions with Insurance
Commissioner Mike Kreidler and his staff, who strongly objected to
Regence’s decision. “I’m appalled,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike
Kreidler. “We’ve made regulatory concessions to limit Regence’s
exposure. Their overreaction will seriously harm Washington families.”
Spokane hopes to establish a school-based health clinic | | Sept. 26, 2010
School nurses are stretched thin in the Inland Northwest, with
many working at multiple locations, taking care of the increasing health
care needs of student populations. Health care plays a vital role in
educational achievement and may even improve a district’s dropout rate,
according to several recent studies. School officials would like to
provide more school nurses, but there’s no money available, officials
say. Districts in Western Washington and nationwide are having success
with an alternative, however – school-based health clinics, which
provide a wider range of care to schoolchildren, some of whom may not
otherwise have regular access to medical care.
Medicaid enrollment spikes to 48 million in weak economy | The Associated Press | Sept. 30, 2010
The Medicaid numbers are the latest piece to emerge in a grim
statistical picture of the recession's toll. The ranks of the
working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s last year,
according to a recent Census report. Nearly 12 million households
received food stamps, a record.
A new beginning for Head Start | Washington Post | Oct. 4, 2010
Research shows that early-childhood education helps poor
children succeed in school -- but only if it is of high quality. So the
Obama administration is right to shake up how Head Start programs are
funded. Instead of funneling money in perpetuity to programs with little
or no regard to effectiveness, new rules would identify low-performing
providers and make them compete for federal funds against those that can
offer better outcomes.
At Risk From the Womb | Nicholas D. Kristof | | Oct. 2, 2010
Some people think we’re shaped primarily by genes. Others
believe that the environment we grow up in is most important. But now
evidence is mounting that a third factor is also critical: our uterine
environment before we’re even born.