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Kids in the News, December 14, 2011

Christina 12/14/11

 

In this edition, advocates ask Washington lawmakers to protect State Food Assistancechild carePre-K investments, and health coverage for all Washington children in hard times, prefacing a deal to make a $480 million down payment in budget cuts to close Special Session this week. In national news, food stamps are an invisible anti-hunger forcechild nutrition programs need more investment, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could cut uninsured U.S. kids by 40 percent.

 

Letter: Protect state food assistance | The Columbian | 12-11-2011
Sadly, even with generous food donations, recession-hit families will continue to face food scarcity. To make matters worse, our governor recommends eliminating State Food Assistance, a program that has helped feed families in tough times for nearly 15 years. If state food assistance disappears, thousands of lawful Washingtonians and legal immigrants — including 12,500 children — will face even greater hunger. ... We need legislators to care for all of the families and children in our state by protecting state food assistance
House OKs $480 million budget gap | The Olympian | 12-13-2011
The state House overwhelmingly approved what many called a “partial down payment” on the state’s $2 billion budget gap tonight. Approving the $480 million bill sets up the Legislature for adjournment of its special session Wednesday. The vote was 86-to-8 in favor of House Bill 2058, which relies on less than $200 million in actual cuts to spending.
Think tank says 10 billion figure underestimates state cuts | Publicola | 12-12-2011
The $10 billion does not capture the actual drop in spending on government services. By failing to keep government services at at least the same level as the previous year, the baseline for measuring cuts misses a whole batch of programs that have already been cut. ... “As you’re funding fewer and fewer services than before,” says WSB&PC; researcher Kim Justice, “there’s no way to know how much a program you once funded would cost” during subsequent years.
Food stamps: Nearly 1 in 4 Federal Way residents seek assistance | Federal Way Mirror | 12-06-2012
Federal Way ... made it into the top 10 of all regional cities for percentage of total population on food stamps, with 21,286 Federal Way residents on the government assistance program. That equates to about 23.8 percent of the total population of the city. Tacoma has 56,277 residents on food stamps, which is 28.4 percent of the total population of the South Sound's biggest city. Kent saw 29,414 of its residents on food stamps, accounting for more than one-third of its total population. The state as a whole has seen almost a half million people added onto the food stamp rolls since 2007, going from 787,577 in 2007, to 1.2 million in 2010.
Food stamps: Nearly 1 in 4 Federal Way residents seek assistance | Federal Way Mirror | 12-06-2012
Federal Way ... made it into the top 10 of all regional cities for percentage of total population on food stamps, with 21,286 Federal Way residents on the government assistance program. That equates to about 23.8 percent of the total population of the city. Tacoma has 56,277 residents on food stamps, which is 28.4 percent of the total population of the South Sound's biggest city. Kent saw 29,414 of its residents on food stamps, accounting for more than one-third of its total population. The state as a whole has seen almost a half million people added onto the food stamp rolls since 2007, going from 787,577 in 2007, to 1.2 million in 2010.
Subsidized School Lunches Save More Children from Malnutrition and Hunger | Seattle Post-Intelligencer | 12-05-2011
The latest data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show an increase of students qualifying for free or low-cost school lunches to 21 million (up from 18 million in 2007), a 17 percent rise. In some states, it is closer to 25 percent. The USDA, which administers the national school lunch program, reported that not since 1972 have so many children become eligible in such a short time. Since its inception in 1946, the school lunch program has steadily expanded and has now a $10.8 billion annual budget, providing 32 million meals every day ... Because of the increasing need, some school districts have added free breakfast - and even supper programs to prevent children from going hungry. But in most places funds are too limited to meet the demand.
Weekday: Early Childhood Education | KUOW 94.9 | 12-05-2011 (starts at 8:50 of downloaded segment)
Playing silly games with babies and reading to toddlers aren't just fun activities; they also help children develop the skills they'll need when they start school, like putting sounds together or knowing a book's pages are turned while you read. Not all children are equally prepared. Some are already behind on the first day of kindergarten. What skills do toddlers need? How do they get them? Which toddlers aren't developing those skills? Is anyone stepping in to fill the gap?
Centers close as demand for child care plummets | The Spokesman-Review | 12-03-2011
The Child Care Resource and Referral agency ... estimated that Spokane County has lost 3,500 child care slots in the past three years, resulting in the loss of about 543 child care jobs. Cuts in the state Working Connections Child Care subsidy program for the working poor have contributed greatly to the decline in enrollment at child care facilities. … The current special session of the Legislature will consider further cuts of as much as $50 million or 12 percent of the Working Connections budget in 2011-’12, which could result in about 4,000 fewer households on the program.
Report: Recession still weighs heavily on children | The Olympian | 12-02-2011
A report released today by the Children’s Alliance says nearly four in 10 Washington children live in low-income homes and that the rate of unemployed parents has doubled during the Great Recession. Today is the fifth day of a 30-day special session of the Legislature called to bridge a new $2 billion budget gap brought about by a slower-than-expected economic recovery. The yearly Kids Count report was put out as children’s advocates arrive at the Capitol today to make their case for continued state investment in programs helping children.
The invisibility of hunger | Grist Magazine | 12-05-2011
More people are using public benefits than ever before (according to the show, the number of people using EBT to feed their families has gone up nearly 37 percent in the last two years, to nearly 46 million people!) and yet there has been no correlating increase in EBT visibility. ... "Private" programs, like soup kitchens, food banks, and charitable organizations, are often the most visible way that hungry or food-insecure people receive help. ... In the meantime, public food assistance programs generally fly under the radar.
Health reform could cut the uninsured rate for children by another 40 percent | Say Ahhh! Children’s Health Policy blog | 12-05-2011
We found that under full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 3.2 million children can be expected to gain health care coverage, cutting the number of uninsured children in the US by 40%. As a result, 95% of all children will have coverage. ... the gains predicted for parents are even greater, as we could see a decline of almost 50% in the number of uninsured parents. After the ACA is implemented, an estimated 90% of parents will be covered. ... In general, the increase in coverage is due to greater take-up of Medicaid and CHIP by those already eligible, as well as the new subsidized exchange coverage and the impact of the requirement to secure coverage.