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2021 Brings New Opportunities in a New Legislative Session

  by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Kids Win Missouri   Last week, members of the 101st Missouri General Assembly took their oaths and elected chamber leaders. In opening speeches, House Speaker Rob Vescovo discussed his history and desire to improve our foster system and continue to make new investments in early childhood…

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Finding the ONE.

by Dana Lopez, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogwood Ranch   A couple of years ago a friend asked me to share a bit about our personal journey to fostering; what you will read below is raw and honest; and my prayer is that it will inspire all of us “every-day-people” to find our ONE. My…

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Supporting at-risk moms remains priority through COVID

by Amanda Lick, Government Affairs Manager, Nurse-Family Partnership   For many expectant and new moms, COVID-19 limited their access to resources and information about pregnancy and parenthood and isolated them from their support systems. For moms working with Nurse-Family Partnership® — low-income, first-time mothers – a critical piece of that support system is their nurses.  …

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Head Start- A Window of Time for a Life-Long Impact

by Stacey Wright, Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office and Tina Bernskoetter, Missouri Head Start Association   It was October 22, 1982 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. Since then, every October communities across the country have been engaging in important activities to commemorate the impact of Head Start…

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Making Sure Our Children Are Healthy As School Starts Back

As President of the Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (MOAAP), I work alongside our 1,100+ member physicians, trainees, and pediatric providers to promote and advance the health of children and families across our state. Each day we go to work with one goal in mind: helping children live healthy, productive lives.  We meet this…

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State Ends Pandemic Relief for Child Care

State Ends Pandemic Relief for Child Care   Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri   The Department of Social Services announced on Wednesday that it was reverting to pre-pandemic support for child care. The announcement may force child care providers to stop offering services to working families receiving benefits under the Child Care Development Block Grant…

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Medicaid provides youth and families with needed access to care.

by Jim Wallis, 16 years supporting youth and families through Not for Profit agencies   After more than 30 years helping at-risk youth and their families, I’ve seen how Medicaid can help Missourians access the mental health and addiction services and care they need.  Fortunately, on August 4th, we all have the opportunity to save…

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