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Media Digest: 12-29-09

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In this week's edition, you'll find an Op-Ed on early learning by long-time child advocate, Michael Sheehan, an editorial about the growing number of Washingtonians using food stamps, and a news article about a proposal for new state revenue.

Opinion: Time for a Washington state Early Learning Act I Seattle Times I 12-27-2009
Education reform in Washington state must include an embrace of early learning, argues guest columnist Michael Sheehan. He urges Gov. Chris Gregoire to promote a separate Early Learning Act to ensure this vital time in children's lives is given the attention it is due.

 

Editorial: Growing number of people count on food stamps I The Olympian I 12-29-2009
As the year comes to a close with the nation still in the grips of a nasty recession, Washington state has a record 12.8 percent of the state population receiving food stamps. The Children's Alliance's success in changing state policy to make more families eligible is referenced in this editorial.
Candy makers not sweet on proposed tax | The News Tribune | 12-29-2009
As if cavities weren’t enough, Washington residents with a sweet tooth could have another problem on their sticky hands if a proposal introduced ahead of the Jan. 11 start of legislative session becomes law: a tax on candy.
State lawmakers fired up over startling CPS statistics | KOMO News I 12-28-2009
A ground-breaking problem solver investigation is firing up state lawmakers. Late last month KOMO News reported that the most vulnerable children in Washington state are dying at an alarming rate. Key lawmakers plan to use the information uncovered to force stronger protections for children under state custody.
New Report Analyzes Economics and Costs of High Quality Child Care I Birth to Thrive Online I 12-24-2009
As policymakers begin considering how to improve early learning in the coming tight budget season, a new report offers them an analysis of the economics behind high quality child care and its cost
Being poor could be the greatest health burden I LA Times Booster Shots Blog I 12-22-2009
Poverty trumps smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health, according to a new study.
Auditor's office report: Here's how the state can save millions of dollars I Seattle Post Globe I 12-22-2009
The state government is short $2.6 billion. How to fill the gap without cutting programs or raising taxes? State Auditor Brian Sonntag's office has released a report that spells out ways the state can save millions of dollars.
Dramatic cuts to early learning programs in governor’s budget proposal I Kirkland Reporter I 12-21-2009
Earlier this year, in a letter to some of the leading figures generating a draft for an early childhood education program that would revise the state’s definition of basic education to include pre-school, Gov. Christine Gregoire affirmed her commitment “to the principle that a basic education program should be open to any child needing the program regardless of income.” The Children's Alliance served on the drafting team that helped craft recommendations to the Governor.
The Holidays Are Looking Brighter for Nine States Earning CHIPRA Bonuses I Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog I 12-22-2009
It is indeed fitting - with the holidays focused on children and giving - that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius awarded more than $72 million in bonus payments last week to nine states for their success in enrolling low-income children in Medicaid. Alaska, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington earned bonuses ranging from $1.5 to $9.1 million. The Children's Alliance played a key role in securing this bonus for Washington state.