Missouri Parents As Teachers Association (MOPATA) celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Parents As Teachers program

The theme of the Parents as Teachers 2019 International Conference, “35 Years: Investing in Families, Impacting Communities,” begins to tell the story of the mission of the Parents as Teachers program. The annual international conference in October was held in St. Louis, Missouri, the birthplace of Parents as Teachers, and hosted more than 1,600 early…

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It’s been a busy fall so far…Read our October Wrap-Up!

  The Kids Win team had a busy October. Below is a quick recap of the organization’s activities. Policy Work Kids Win convened another meeting of our Youth Homelessness workgroup to discuss next steps to help offer access to medical care and other basic needs for vulnerable youth. The Kids Win team attended the Alliance…

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Report: Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods

by Tracy Greever-Rice, Program Director, Missouri Kids Count   The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a data snapshot in late September documenting trends in the experience of children living in neighborhoods in which 30% or more of the population is living in poverty. Approximately 12% of children in the United States, or 8.5 million kids,…

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Read the latest in our September Wrap-Up!

Policy Priorities There were several meetings this month related to finalizing our policy priorities, culminating in our Third Quarter Membership Meeting, where the 2020 Policy Priorities were shared by each workgroup. The workgroups also began initial stakeholder analyses of their top priorities to assist staff as we begin to engage stakeholders on each issue. The…

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Stopping Suicide in its Tracks

by Megan Whitehead, Media Coordinator, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare I’ll start with the obvious: Suicide is a big issue. According to SAMHSA and the Missouri Department of Mental Health (MO DMH), it’s the tenth leading cause of death in Missouri and the U.S. More startling, it’s the second leading cause of death among…

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See what we’ve been up to in our August Wrap-Up!

As we enter Fall and our priorities begin to take shape for 2020, Kids Win team members spent a lot of time in August planning and meeting with key stakeholders to continue priority development and discussions around advocacy and implementation.  Members from the Missouri Finish Line Collaborative (Kids Win Missouri, the Missouri Budget Project, and…

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Anne Silea, Director of Community Engagement, Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments Did you know that 80 to 90% of what you learn …. you learn by looking? While most people know that children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life, not everyone knows how critical…

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Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

by Missy Riley, Director of Early Childhood and Parents As Teachers, Springfield Public Schools Is My Child Ready? As we approach the start of the school year, one question comes to mind for parents across Missouri: “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?”.  The topic of school readiness is something that has been at the center…

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What’s Kids Win Missouri been doing this Summer? A look at June + July

Kids Win Missouri has spent the summer visiting communities around the state, sharing information about our organization and our priorities, hearing from advocates on issues affecting children around the state and working with partners to develop policy strategies for the 2020 Legislative Session. Here are some of the highlights: Travels in June Visiting St. Louis…

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