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Our children are watching and they are counting on us.

  Our team has been heartbroken and distressed with the people of Missouri and across America watching the events of the last few weeks unfold. Witnessing the murder of George Floyd ignited a pain in all of us, but especially our communities of color, as it was another atrocity in a long history of violence,…

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2020 Legislative Wrap Up & Thank Yous!

by Kids Win staff   The 2020 legislative session was certainly unique, but with the help of our allies, we secured some legislative victories for kids and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work to build and expand relationships in the Capitol with partners and allies continued, building champions in the legislature for the child…

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Missouri Pediatricians Encourage Well-Care During Crisis

by Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics   With the presence of COVID-19 cases in the state, pediatric and family medical offices have implemented protocols to ensure children and families stay safe, while receiving routine well care.We encourage all patients to call their local clinic to discuss if an in-person visit is needed,…

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#Essential4Kids: Protecting Kids from Abuse During COVID-19

by Jessica Seitz, Director of Public Policy, Missouri KidsFirst   In times of instability and stress, the risk of child abuse and neglect increases. Yet as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the state, reports to the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS)’s Child Abuse and Neglect hotline declined dramatically. In the first two weeks of…

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Thank you for always caring! – An Ode for Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

by Brad Lademann, Associate Director of Quality Initiatives, Missouri AfterSchool Network   THANK YOU, AFTERSCHOOL PROFESSIONALS Afterschool professionals, you are loved and appreciated. Not everyone can do what you do. You know that, don’t you? Your job requires multiple layers of talents, skills, and abilities, many of which are not recognized until someone else steps…

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THIS Week – Celebrate the Week of the Young Child! #WOYC20

by Lisa Thompson, MO-AEYC Public Policy Chair   As Public Policy Chair for the Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children (MOAEYC), I would like to share some information about our organization and an annual April event.  MOAEYC is one of 51 affiliates through which nearly 60,000 people are members of the National Association…

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Pediatricians’ Top Tips to Limit Spread of COVID-19

Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics   The Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics represents over 1,100 pediatricians, pediatric residents and medical students across the state. As medical professionals across all specialties treat children and families, we emphasize the following messages to decrease the spread of COVID-19 across Missouri: #1 Practice…

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KWM Team Notes: Get ready for Child Advocacy Day!

Spring is almost here, which means it’s almost time for THE event of the year in Jefferson City for children’s advocates. Child Advocacy Day is entering its 38th year and will once again bring together hundreds of advocates from around the state to meet with legislators, rally, and discuss issues that are important in improving…

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