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Media Digest 11-15-2010

Christina 11/15/10

In this edition, Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould, an invited guest on TVW’s “Inside Olympia,” calls upon legislators to protect children and families in the upcoming legislative session and makes the case for why ending help to people in need is not the answer. Also, the University of Washington will lead a five-year study on the benefits of Head Start and early learning, First Lady Michelle Obama backs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the Children’s Alliance joins Share Our Strength in launching the “No Kid Hungry” campaign to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Inside Olympia | TVW – Washington State Public Affairs Network | 11-11-2010

Inside Olympia takes a look ahead in the coming 2011 legislative session and budget battle with guests Jason Mercier (WA Policy Center), Marilyn Watkins (Economic Opportunity Institute), Jon Gould (Children's Alliance), and Amy Brackenbury (BIAW).

UW to lead in five-year, $40 million Head Start grant promoting early childhood learning | University of Washington News and Information | 11-10-2010

Knowing that strong early learning can boost later classroom success, the University of Washington's College of Education will take the lead in a new, five-year, $40 million national Head Start grant to improve young children's readiness for school...The grant, which the UW will share with six partner institutions, will be used to create the new National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, based at the UW. The center's five-year mission, starting January 2011, will be to discover and share best practices in teaching and learning for Head Start teachers and others. "The evidence is clear that early learning can make a lifetime of difference," said Tom Stritikus, dean of the UW College of Education. "The center will allow the college -- together with our collaborators across the country -- to bring to scale the best practices that we've collectively learned through years of research. It's a big project for us, with a big payoff for the children."

 
Michelle Obama-backed child nutrition bill takes off | The Hill – The Washington Scene | 11-12-2010

The ambitious goal is to end childhood hunger in Washington and across the nation by 2015. Actor and anti-hunger advocate Jeff Bridges is hoping the "No Kid Hungry Campaign" will help accomplish it. Bridges, along with governors and others interested in the cause, kicked off the national effort this week. A similar, statewide campaign is already underway… Bridges says there are nearly 300,000 children in Washington living in households that struggle to put nutritious food on the table every day, and 17 million kids across the nation who need reliable access to food – and one of the solutions requires no extra funding.

 
Plans to End Childhood Hunger by 2015 | Public News Service | 11-10-2010

The ambitious goal is to end childhood hunger in Washington and across the nation by 2015. Actor and anti-hunger advocate Jeff Bridges is hoping the "No Kid Hungry Campaign" will help accomplish it. Bridges, along with governors and others interested in the cause, kicked off the national effort this week. A similar, statewide campaign is already underway… Bridges says there are nearly 300,000 children in Washington living in households that struggle to put nutritious food on the table every day, and 17 million kids across the nation who need reliable access to food – and one of the solutions requires no extra funding.

 
Jeff Bridges on How to End Childhood Hunger - Political Hotsheet | CBS News | 11-11-2010

Americans should be "ashamed" that one in four kids in their country is hungry, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges said on Thursday's "Washington Unplugged."… Bridges, the National Spokesman for Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign, came on the program to discuss his group's mission to end childhood hunger by 2015.

 
Jeff Bridges Joins the Campaign to Stamp Out Childhood Hunger | Newsweek | 11-12-2010

It’s all the rage in Washington, the search for common ground, and if there’s one thing everybody agrees with, it’s that children shouldn’t go hungry in America. Back in the day when senators of opposing parties thought it was their job to work together, Republican Bob Dole and Democrat George McGovern, no shrinking violets when it came to partisan politics, paired up to expand the school lunch program and establish the federal feeding program for women, infants, and children—known as WIC—that is rightfully enshrined as a sacrosanct program whatever administration is in power.

 
Sustainable Food Back on the Table: Reviving the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill | Just Means Sustainable Food Blog | 11-11-2010

While the proposed Child Nutrition Reauthorization act may not promise such lofty goals as connecting all school meal programs to local, organic farms, it does offer $4.5 billion to help straighten out a school food culture gone awry, and is backed by Michelle Obama's campaign for healthier school lunches. After being passed by the Senate earlier this year, the Child Nutrition bill has run into some road blocks on its way through Congress, primarily because the bill originally proposed to pay for a portion of that $4.5 billion using funds from the federal food stamp program, SNAP.