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Kids in the News, June 15, 2011

Christina 06/15/11

In this edition, Children’s Alliance helps put together the puzzle pieces of ending childhood hunger, delivers the inaugural Brewster C. Denny Rising Advocate Award in honor of a longtime member at our 2011 Voices Luncheon, and awaits the signing of the state operating budget. National news highlights child poverty, summer meals, Medicaid cuts and the true benefits of early learning for kids in a democratic society.

 

What’s for lunch? | InHealth NW Magazine | June 2011
Here at the Children’s Alliance, a statewide child advocacy organization founded in 1983, our goal is to end childhood hunger in Washington by 2015. Lots of the problems facing children are complex, but ending a child’s hunger is not; we want to surround all children with healthy food where they live, learn and play. Lunch ladies are an important part of the solution, along with parents, community agencies and policy-makers like state legislators and our members of Congress. Putting together the puzzle pieces to end childhood hunger involves all of us.
Gregoire to sign operating budget, other key bills | The Columbian | 06-14-2011
Gov. Chris Gregoire is preparing to approve a new state operating budget that relies on cuts to education to fill a $5 billion budget shortfall. The budget is part of a long list of key bills that Gregoire is scheduled to take action on Wednesday afternoon. She could veto parts or all of the bills.
Rep. Luis Moscoso’s comments on the 2011 Legislative Session | The Weekly Herald | 06-13-2011
“I co-sponsored HB 2078 to bring in $100 million for our schools by reducing a tax break that only benefits out-of-state banks. It passed the House but not by a super-majority because, sadly, my colleagues across the aisle chose Wall Street banks over Washington kids.”
Free summer meals offered | Walla Walla Union Bulletin | 06-14-2011
Children and teens ages 1-18 can get a free lunch throughout the summer as part of the federal Summer Food Service Program. The City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation department works with Walla Walla Public Schools each year to provide the meals. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the lunches are provided at several designated sites throughout the city. Walla Walla qualifies for the program by meeting guidelines and criteria for the National School Lunch program. Each summer, thousands of meals are prepared and then served up at local parks, schools and other sites. The meals -- provided on a first-come, first-served basis, cannot be taken off site and cannot be consumed by anyone older than 18.
Advocates say new district will give Latinos a voice, opponents say system works fine | Yakima Herald Republic | 06-08-2012
Residents in favor of the majority-minority district argued the community divisions and a history of racially polarized voting have already been established. Creating such a district is the first step in guaranteeing minorities a seat at the political table, they said. "We want to participate," local resident Graciela Lopez said. "Creating that would give us a space."
How to cut child poverty in half | Economix (blog), New York Times | 06-13-2011
[J]ust as the British have built on our examples, we could easily build on theirs. Do we simply lack the political will, or is it harder in the United States to translate this political will into legislative action?
Hunger U.S.A. | Summer Recess: No More Lunch? | 06-13-2011
A drop-off in the reach of U.S. summer nutrition programs in 2010 and ongoing budget-cutting at state and local levels suggest that many schoolchildren in the United States will face another summer of hunger this year…. “The Summer Nutrition Programs are a vital part of our nation’s nutrition safety net,” said Crystal FitzSimons, co-author of the report. “There is a foundation on which we can build and which we cannot afford to weaken further.... It’s not too late to make a difference for this summer and for the next.”
Medicaid advocates say cuts would hurt kids | The Hill Health Watch (blog) | 06-13-2011
“Major cuts in Medicaid could seriously endanger the health and finances of millions of children and other vulnerable beneficiaries, including the elderly and disabled,” the report states. It goes on to argue that Medicaid is better suited than private insurance to address the complex healthcare needs of sick children, who are disproportionately covered by the program.
Early childhood military education | Rethinking Schools | Summer 2011
High-quality early childhood education teaches for citizenship, not for test taking and reductionist assessment. The goal is not compliance but creativity, critical thinking, and compassion. Children are invited to engage meaningful questions in collaboration with others, to embrace complexity, to strive for the well-being of others with generosity, to pay attention to issues of fairness, and to act with courage, conviction, and imagination.
Etc. Campus News & Notes | UW Today | 06-01-2011
The Children’s Alliance will bestow the award for the first time this year at its Voices for Children Luncheon on Tuesday, June 7 at Seattle Center. For many years, Denny co-chaired the Children’s Budget Coalition of the Children’s Alliance, which united advocates for kids from all over the state to make public resources commensurate with the needs of all Washington kids. “Brewster has touched the civic fabric of our state in untold ways,” says Children’s Alliance executive director Paola Maranan. “He has played an incredible role in developing, nurturing and supporting child advocates — including many of us at the Children’s Alliance. Evans School alumni, civic leaders and public officials across the state are in his debt.”