Wrapping Up 2019 – a look at our December

December was a busy month for the Kids Win team, concluding with needed time off with our families before the legislative session begins! Check out some of the highlights and look at what’s ahead. We enjoyed having our members and stakeholders together on December 6 for our 4th Quarter meeting and final convening of 2019….

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Five Ways to Win Through Advocacy in 2020

by Linda Rallo, Vice President, Aligned   Stronger background checks, more funding for preschool, better healthcare coverage, these are all actions that happen when advocates do their job. Whether you are a professional or a volunteer, putting a plan together requires thought and insight and, when executed well, can deliver measurable results. Before you drain…

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What has the Kids Win team been up to? Read our monthly wrap-up.

What Happened in November Casey presented twice at the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies Conference this month. The first was a solo presentation with the membership group or CEOs of children’s agencies, specifically discussing Medicaid and how agencies can help us advocate to improve the system. The second presentation was in partnership with Jessica Seitz…

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National Runaway Prevention Month shines light on experiences of homeless youth

by Pat Holterman-Hommes, Chief Executive Officer, Youth In Need November is recognized across the country as National Runaway Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign designed to “shine a light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth and the barriers they face that too often remain invisible. When we think about youth homelessness, we often…

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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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