Have a Heart for Kids Day is your day to speak up for kids. Right now, your voice matters. Join hundreds of child, youth, and family advocates from across Washington State and speak up for kids!
As the state’s Health Care Authority chief prepares to leave his position, covering all kids and Washington’s health insurance exchange will remain a priority. Sea Mar Community Health Centers will open a dental clinic in Monroe for 1,500 underserved children and adults. In national news, a study finds that poor access to dental care can lead to lower school performance. Another report shows how midlevel licensed dental practitioners can help extend dental care to 6.7 million kids through school-based programs.
In state news, one Children’s Alliance advocate fights for her community as they deal with the loss of half their food assistance. The agriculture industry gives Apple Health for Kids a boost, and Asian Pacific Islander leaders support marriage equality to strengthen families. According to this week’s budget forecast, meeting our constitutional obligation to fund education won't work without new tax revenue.
Apple Health for Kids provides health care for 4 out of 10 of our state’s children. Yet more than 100,000 children remain uninsured – less likely to get the health care they need to grow up well and succeed in school. A key player in Washington’s apple industry wants to take a bite out of that problem.
The newly released Kids Count Databook on child-wellbeing shows that economic hardship has pulled 65,000 of Washington’s kids into poverty since the beginning of the recession. While on-time graduation rates and test scores dropped during this time, children’s health coverage improved remarkably. In national news, a long waiting list for child care demands that we invest in our children instead of giving tax breaks to the richest 2 percent. One education analyst asserts that meeting the needs of children means a sharper focus on racial equity in child policymaking and practices.
Over the next two months, 19 state legislators across Washington will receive Crayon Awards in recognition of their outstanding work in helping more children access early learning opportunities. The work these legislators did over the past two years has made a real difference in the lives of young children.