A Historic Child Advocacy Week – Wrap Up

Last week was a whirlwind of workshops, networking, and advocacy on behalf of Missouri’s most prized resource – its children! We were so happy to host and present the 39th Annual Missouri Child Advocacy Day – which turned into Child Advocacy Week! The 11 workshops offered a variety of opportunities for advocates from around the state to learn, reflect, and grow to sharpen their advocacy skills and deepen their policy knowledge in support of kids.

We want to thank all of our presenters, including:

Dr. Melanie Fitzgerald

Molly Ticknor, MA, ATR, LPC, Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance of Missouri

Linda Neumann, RN, Missouri Association of School Nurses

Laura Beckman, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Shawn D’Abreu, Missouri Health Care for All

Lindsey Baker & Traci Gleason, Missouri Budget Project

Casey Hanson & Craig Stevenson, Kids Win Missouri

Nicole Cope, Missouri Immunization Coalition

Dr. Ken Haller

Dr. Tracy Greever-Rice, Missouri Kids Count

Jen Black, The Alliance of Southwest Missouri

Tom Dugger, Families and Communities Together

Janet Miles-Bartee, Kansas City Local Investment Commission

Rochelle Bea, Beginning Futures Child Care

Heather Fleming, In Purpose Educational Services

Jill Meriweather, Mid-America Regional Council

Sal Valadez, Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council 

Sue King, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri

Ty Martin-Thayer, MA, LPC, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri

Pam Thomas, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Justin Logan, Department of Social Services

Nancy Scherer, Department of Health and Senior Services

Kelly Dudley, Department of Mental Health

Kim Evans, Department of Social Services


You can access all of the presentation recordings, the rally, PowerPoint presentations, and resources in this Google Drive folder.

You can also access the Child Advocacy Day Rally, which featured State Senator Steven Roberts, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Missouri Governor Mike Parson. We were so grateful to have state leaders there to share their policy goals, and frontline leaders including Nurse Family Partnership Parent Ambassador Asia Collins Muhammad and Darlene Sowell, CEO of Unleashing Potential, which provides early childhood and before and afterschool care to children in St. Louis. Our event was emceed by Kristyn Newbern, Director of Client Development for S.M. Wilson, who is also a mother of two and champion for children in her free time.


Thank you to all of our guests and presenters for making the rally a success!

Finally, pulling off a Child Advocacy WEEK would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers and sponsors, who worked tirelessly to ensure we had the necessary funds and manpower to pull of an even that had more than 1,050 people registered to attend events throughout the week! We are so proud of their efforts and forever grateful for their support.

Our Child Advocacy Committee included:

Ed Bryant, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Michelle Witthaus, Generate Health St. Louis

Candace Cheatem, Kansas City School District

Paula Cunningham, Missouri Children’s Trust Fund

Tracy Greever-Rice, Missouri Kids Count

Shauna Kerperin, Missouri Parents as Teacher Association

Alicia Noddings, Missouri Baptist University

Natalie Hampton, Missouri AfterSchool Network

Linda Rallo, Aligned

Michael Shultz, Deaconess Foundation

Pamela Speer, Missouri Accreditation

Alison Gee, Parents as Teacher National Center

Molly Imming and Molly Ticknor, Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance

Lisa Thompson, Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children

Ruth Ehresman, Vision for Children at Risk

Casey Hanson, Brian Schmidt, Craig Stevenson, Kids Win Missouri

Next year, we will be celebrating 40 years of Child Advocacy Day, and we are all ready to be back together – IN-PERSON – in Jefferson City at the Capitol. We hope that we continue to feel this momentum and tremendous energy in the advocacy community throughout our state. We thank you for taking part this year and hope to see you back face-to-face next year. Our children need your voice!


In partnership,

The Child Advocacy Day Committee

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