Gov. Inslee takes prudent step to feed hungry kids

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:40am

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that he’ll protect Washington families from new, harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).
The Governor will adjust the state’s utility-assistance payments to certain eligible households from $1 to $20.01, ensuring that thousands of families get the food assistance they need to feed their children.


Posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:29pm

Today’s release of the KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The data can better inform policymakers who create policies and programs that can benefit all children, while targeting strategies and investments where attention is needed most.

Schools win cash for helping students "fuel up first"

Posted on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:35pm

Eight school districts across Washington state have earned honors for serving more students the first meal of the day: breakfast.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, the Washington State Dairy Council, and the non-profit advocacy group for kids the Children’s Alliance are recognizing the school districts with gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of $500-$1,500. The Dairy Council provided funds for the awards, and for colorful award banners to hang in local schools.

MEDIA RELEASE: Community Organizations Speak Up for Equal Benefits for Hungry Families

Posted on: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:33pm

Seventy-one community based organizations from across the state have joined together to call for full restoration of State Food Assistance for Washington children, elders, and families.

The organizations, representing people in communities of color and anti-hunger organizations like food banks, are asking state legislators to restore full funding to State Food Assistance, a crucial form of food support for children in immigrant families.

MEDIA RELEASE: Apple Health for Kids Wins $7.8 Million Federal Bonus

Posted on: Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 7:08pm

Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $7.84 million from the federal government for connecting more children to health care. Read our press release about the bonus award.

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

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:04pm

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 - 8:48am

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 - 1:17pm

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 - 10:35am

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 - 10:35am

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.