New Data Shows Critical Need to Invest in Children's Early Years

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 1:04pm

New national data shows that state and federal policies fail to connect thousands of Washington children to the opportunities they need for success in school and in life.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life.

More than 1 Million Washingtonians to See a Cut in Food Assistance Beginning Tomorrow

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:48am

On November 1, more than 1.1 million people in low-income families in Washington state will see their food assistance benefits cut, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires. Read our joint press release with the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

NEW REPORT: Hunger's spike still hurts

Posted on: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 2:17pm

The prevalence of hunger in Washington state that appeared during the worst of times remains unchanged, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MEDIA RELEASE: "State of Washington's Children 2013" looks at racial opportunity gap

Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 11:35am

Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”

“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.

Read the full press release.

MEDIA RELEASE: Majority of Senate supports fully funding State Food Assistance

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 11:35am

A majority of the Washington State Senate, 25 of 49 state senators, have voiced their support to restore food assistance to thousands of hungry children. Read our press release.

MEDIA RELEASE: Advocates, lawmakers take action on hunger

Posted on: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 3:06pm

TUES., FEB. 19 – Leaders from the faith community, charitable organizations and community groups this week are calling on state leaders to fight childhood hunger by restoring a harmful cut to State Food Assistance. Read the press release.

MEDIA ADVISORY: House to consider workforce solution

Posted on: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 4:07pm

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee is holding a public hearing on an innovative solution to the lack of timely, preventive oral health care faced by children and families across Washington. Learn more.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Children, Parents, Advocates Rally in Olympia

Posted on: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3:57pm

Please join us for a special media opportunity:

* Rally featuring Gov. Jay Inslee * Sign-waving marchers of all ages *

12:30-1 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, Have a Heart for Kids Day on the Capitol Steps, Olympia. Click here for march details, a route map and more information.

Media Release: Apple Health for Kids wins millions in federal recognition

Posted on: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 8:09am

FRI., DEC. 21, 2012 – Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $12 million from the federal government for connecting more children to health care.

The Obama Administration awarded the money, a performance bonus, to Washington on Wednesday. Our state was among 23 states nationwide to earn bonuses for getting more children enrolled in health coverage.

MEDIA RELEASE: Seattle school honored for feeding more kids a healthy breakfast

Posted on: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 10:57am

SEATTLE — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn visits Dearborn Park Elementary on Friday morning to honor its staff with a Super School award.

The award comes as part of the Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge, which has inspired school leaders across the state to serve healthy breakfasts to more students.

“A nutritious breakfast calms rumbling stomachs and focuses young minds,” Dorn says. “The Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge helps make sure kids are ready to learn when the school day begins.”