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Media Digest 8-10-2010

Anonymous (not verified) 08/10/10
In this edition, you’ll find an opinion by J.B. Pritzker, an entrepreneur who sees early learning as a lifeline for children struggling through the economic downturn. You’ll also find an article on new initiatives launched in Whatcom County to prevent dental disease – the most common childhood chronic disease.
Opinion: The Children of the Great Recession I The Huffington Post I 08-06-2010
Is The Great Recession over? Is it entering a double dip? Will the economy ever fully recover? Almost every day several economists can be heard on the business cable channels discussing these questions. Agreement is scarce. Conclusions more so. And when the TV programs end I think about one fact that we do know with certainty: Not since the Great Depression has the economic plight of the nation endangered children more. It's up to all of us to prevent this debacle.
New efforts try to prevent cavities in Whatcom County kids | The Bellingham Herald I 08-05-2010
New initiatives have been launched to curb cavities in young children in Whatcom County, including teaching pregnant women about the importance of their own oral health in protecting their babies. The efforts focus on prevention by increasing education and access to health care early in the life of a child. "It's getting them even earlier down the pipeline," said Maggi Kriger, coordinator of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program as well as the Oral Health Coalition in Whatcom County. Dental disease is the No. 1 chronic disease of childhood. It's five times more common than asthma, Kriger said.

For Low-Income Boys & Girls Club Campers, No More Peanut-Butter Pariahs I Kitsap Sun I 08-07-2010

At the end of the summer at the Boys & Girls Club at Naval Avenue Elementary, a peanut-butter sandwich is stigmatizing. The sandwich singles summer campers out. It reveals that their families couldn’t afford food to pack lunch, or that what they brought was unhealthy or inedible. “You know which kids didn’t bring their lunch based on what they’re eating,” Beth Wallace, director of the Bremerton Branch of the Boys & Girls Club said. Wallace estimates that five to 15 kids of the 90 to 110 that attend are unable to bring their lunches.
Determining who is an Indian will be health-care challenge | I 08-09-2010
Every agency that serves American Indians and Alaska Natives must answer these questions in order to fuel the decision-making process: How much will it cost? How many people are served? And, by the way, who is an Indian? None of the answers are easy. The demand for federal services is growing as resources shrink. And in the health care arena the key to sustainable funding is Medicare and Medicaid (including the Children’s Health Insurance Program), where definitions are complicated by multiple factors.
Better Training on Early Years Urged for Principals I Education Week I 08-09-2010
The nation’s elementary school principals lack access to the focused professional development to help them meet the higher expectations of modern early-childhood education, experts and advocates say. In a bid to stamp out the achievement gaps that often plague poor and minority children before they start school, groups in early-childhood education and school leadership are emphasizing the need for principals to be poised to lead good practices for pupils in prekindergarten to grade 3.
Cuts to State Prekindergarten Funding Reaches $348 million in FY ‘10 and ‘11 I Birth to Thrive Online I 08-05-2010
The country may be slowly emerging from the recession, but cuts to state prekindergarten spending are only getting deeper, a new report says. So far, prekindergarten programs have lost $348 million in funding in fiscal 2010 and 2011, according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research.


Early learning program is a good investment I The Daily News I 08-10-2010
Congress appears ready to strengthen the federal commitment to early learning. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee recently approved a $989 million increase for Head Start. The money will go to Early Head Start, which serves low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers up to age three.