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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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Vote Yes on 2 to Support Missouri Children and Families

At Kids Win Missouri, our vision is a Missouri where all children have the opportunity to be happy, healthy, and successful. With this in mind, we are proud to give our endorsement to the Yes on 2 campaign and urge Missouri voters to approve Medicaid Expansion on the ballot on August 4. Since Missouri will…

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Pandemic EBT – What to know to access food benefits to replace school meals

 by Sarah Ritter, Manager of Public Policy, Operation Food Search   When schools in Missouri closed due to COVID-19, homes across the state quickly transformed into classrooms, kitchens turned into cafeterias, and backyards became playgrounds.  Unfortunately, it also meant many children lost crucial access to school meals, and families were left to cover the costs…

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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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