Children's Alliance looking out for kids in Olympia battles | Seattle Times | 01-13-2012
Alliance staff spent this past summer gathering input from partner organizations, parents and others so that it could present a unified agenda. They want the Legislature to fight childhood hunger, invest in early learning, strengthen Apple Health for Kids, expand access to dental care and stop cuts and raise revenue. Gould intends to remind legislators of the many studies that show children learn better when they are well fed and healthy.
Apple Health for Kids Wins Millions in Federal Recognition | The Seattle Medium | 12-26-2012
Apple Health for Kids is… an essential component of our state’s efforts to provide children with the opportunity of a basic education. “Children do best in school when they’re healthy,” Gould said. “Apple Health for Kids prepares children for a brighter future by connecting them with the coverage they need today.”
Mid-level dental providers: Innovation Washington Needs | State of Reform | Dec. 26, 2012
It’s not often that you get a chance to see the future. Recently, however, we were invited on an educational trip to Alaska, where we saw the future of dental practice. There, mid-level dental providers known as dental therapists are extending high-quality preventive and routine care to tens of thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t have access.
Coalition Calls on Washington State Legislators to Work Towards Racial and Economic Equity | The Skanner | 12-11-2012
“Legislators have a choice,” said Paola Maranan, the executive director of the Children’s Alliance and a speaker at the release in Seattle. “And their votes can either increase access and opportunities, or reinforce barriers that deny some families the opportunities they need to thrive.”
Washington’s kids are at the edge of the fiscal cliff | The Bellingham Herald | 12-23-2012
Dangerous cuts like these disproportionately impact the children of color who, propelled by changing demographics, are going to take an ever more prominent role in our economic future. If we tear down Basic Food, Medicaid and other economic supports that keep families strong and moving to self-sufficiency, we’re not just hurting families – we’re stifling our economic potential. That’s why it’s so important for parents – and every Washingtonian who wants to keep Washington competitive in the global economy – to send a clear message to Congress: Don’t cut kids.