Set to take effect across the state next year, school districts will be able to receive state funding for at-risk students enrolled in Pre-K programs. With this new funding, Missouri becomes one of only 15 states that fund Pre-K education through its school funding formula.

Prior to 2014, children eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were required to wait six months before receiving health benefits, which delayed routine check-ups, screenings and immunizations. Kids Win Missouri worked to eliminate this waiting period, ensuring that children eligible for the program get the health care they need when they need it.

Before 2016, Missouri was the only state in the nation that had a statutory ban on child care provider quality rating systems. Kids Win Missouri worked to eliminate this ban and create a voluntary program for stakeholders to begin to define what a quality rating system for Missouri should include. This work is ongoing as we collaborate with legislators and administrators to construct and fund a program that gives parents the tools they need to choose their child’s early care and education providers, and to assure that at-risk children receive the quality early education so critical for life-long success.

Kids Win Missouri has successfully led large coalitions of advocates to renew both the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

More than 85,000 Missouri children have access to the full spectrum of health benefits as a result of federal CHIP funding. Additionally, federal CCDBG funding supports child care for approximately 37,000 at-risk children.

In 2018, Missouri joined forty-five other states in the nation in raising the age of adult prosecution from seventeen to eighteen. Kids Win Missouri convened stakeholders who worked to develop the policy solution that was signed into law. This policy change will allow seventeen-year-olds convicted of crimes to access Missouri’s nationally recognized juvenile justice program, enabling them to chart a better course for their lives.