In this edition, you'll read more about the House and Senate budget and revenue proposals, which put some vital services for children and families at risk of cuts. In our top story, KPLU quotes Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould, who cautions that cutting Working Connections Child Care subsidies would push thousands of parents out of the work force. You'll also find stories about how crucial a child’s first five years are for building lifelong intellectual skills.
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- State Budget Plans Target Child, Family Programs I KPLU I 03-01-2010
- With the latest tax proposal now on the table, lawmakers are
working at a feverish pitch to move toward a final state budget. House
and Senate Democrats have their own versions, and Governor Gregoire has
one, as well. Child and family programs are among many on the chopping
block. Jon Gould is with the advocacy group Children's Alliance.
They're fighting cuts they say would eliminate daycare funding for
7,000 low income parents.
- House Tax Package: Important Precedents for Tax Fairness I Olympia Newswire I 03-01-2010
- On Monday, March 1, the state House of Representatives came
out with its $857 million package of new taxes to close the $2.8
billion gap in the state’s $30 billion biennial budget. The House
package was proceeded by the governor’s and the state Senate’s and now
negotiations will begin on reconciling the differences among the budget
proposals. View a side by side comparison of all three budget proposals on schmudget.
- Senate Budget would Cut Vital Support for Struggling Families I schmudget I 03-01-2010
- WorkFirst is a program that provides vital support to families
struggling to make ends meet while helping them enter or reenter the
work force. It is more important than ever during this economy. The
Senate budget has proposed cutting the already inadequate financial
assistance grant provided to families on Workfirst by 7.5 percent.
- Editorial: The best of terrible choices I The Herald I 03-02-2010
- In a session where tax increases were all but certain, the
House’s plan best represents a fair, honest approach that carries
minimal threat to the economy. The rest of the House’s package appears
to be a thoughtful mix focusing on the discretionary, a few
professional services, and some loopholes that should have been closed
- What would Republicans do about the state budget? I Crosscut I 03-02-2010
- The Republican shadow government in Olympia is essentially
powerless, but nonetheless alive and kicking. No, it hasn’t produced an
alternative budget to those Gov. Chris Gregoire and House and Senate
Democrats have proposed, but that doesn't mean we can't discern some
shadowy outlines of the GOP approach.
- Guest Commentary: For Kids, the First Five Years Are Forever I Huffington Post I 02-25-2010
- At a recent annual conference for the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, scientists revealed startling new research
about the 1 in 6 kids living in poverty in the United States. Their
work showed that the stress of growing up in a home where food is
scarce and books are limited can transform a child's very physiology
and brain wiring, impeding intellectual skills for the rest of their
lives. Even worse, this all occurs before a kid's first day of
- Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning and Development | National Scientific Council on the Developing Child I 02-26-2010
- Scientific research suggests that early exposure to
circumstances that produce persistent fear and chronic anxiety can have
lifelong consequences by disrupting the developing architecture of the
brain. These findings are significant given that 1 every 7 children,
and nearly 1 out of every 40 infants, in the United States experiences
some form of maltreatment, including chronic neglect or physical,
emotional, or sexual abuse.
- Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Argues for Investing in Child Care. Who’s Listening? I Birth to Thrive Online I 03-02-2010
- As budget debates heat up in state legislatures around the
country it is a good time to review economic arguments for investing in
early learning and Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman’s ideas
are a great place to start. The most economically efficient time to
develop skills and social abilities is in the very early years when
developmental education is most effective.
- Striking number of obesity risks hit minority kids I Associated Press I 03-01-2010
- The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic
children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests.
They examined more than a dozen circumstances that can increase chances
of obesity, and almost every one was more common in black and Hispanic
children than in whites.