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- More students in need of free or reduced-priced lunches I Snohomish County Tribune I Sept. 8, 2010
- More students in the Snohomish School District are using the free or reduced lunch program, an impact stemming from the downturned economy. The program provides lunch and breakfast for free or at reduced cost, depending on the income level of a student’s family. It is largely paid for using federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the 2009-2010 school year, 2,000 students — 20 percent of the district — participated in the program. That is up about 350 students from the 2008-2009 school year. Figures show 1,645 students — 17 percent of the district’s students — participated.
- State ABCD program gives kids a jumpstart on proper dental care I The Daily News I 08-27-2010
- If it hadn't been for a dental referral from Head Start three years ago, Nicole Eveland's little boy likely would have lost his back molars to tooth decay, causing dental and health problems that may last for the rest of his life. Through Head Start, Eveland enrolled Siaosi, now 5, in the state's Access to Baby and Child Dentistry, a program designed to hook up Medicaid kids with local dentists trained to treat infants and young children. Though the program has been in place in the state since 1995 and in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties since 2007, it has recently drawn national attention from the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan institute for polling and policy studies based in Washington, D.C. After more than a year of study, Pew released a favorable report on ABCD last month.
- Learning for Life: Washington unveils new early learning plan | KING 5 I 09-01-2010
- Washington's new statewide early learning plan will help give more children that great start in life and school. Released this week, the plan is the roadmap for building a comprehensive early learning system in Washington over the next decade. It's designed to better coordinate all of the great work already happening for children and families and guide policy, funding and ongoing work by organizations and agencies. And it shows how we all make a difference in the lives of children.