PLTI-KC empowers parents to be advocates

The Parent Leadership Training Institute of Kansas City (PLTI-KC) believes that families, communities and democracy are strengthened when parents have the knowledge and skills to maximize child outcomes at home, in school, in their neighborhood and in public policy. Through the 21-week leadership and civics program with nationally-trained local facilitators, PLTI-KC helps parents get in

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Partner Spotlight: FosterAdopt Connect of Southwest Missouri to Open a Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth

by Allison Gregory, Executive Director – SWMO, FosterAdopt Connect FosterAdopt Connect is one of many Springfield organizations looking to provide shelter and service supports to Springfield’s approximate 1,100 homeless or unaccompanied area teens. While providers are eager to offer services, these teens too often stay under the radar – avoiding situations that could result in

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Introducing Asia – Our New Outreach Coordinator!

Hi! My name is Asia Collins Muhammad and I just started as the Outreach Coordinator at Kids Win Missouri. I’m excited to connect with families, providers, systems leaders and policymakers to help strengthen programs and policies that support children and families. To share a bit about myself, I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education

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Summer Learning Heats Up with Hands-On Activities

by Ashlee Liska, Program Director at STRIPES 360 – Republic School District STRIPES 360 was established to provide quality and affordable programming for students during non-school hours for children and youth in Republic School District. Their summer is jam-packed with fun, hands-on activities wrapped up in three thematic units: Strange But True, Construction Zone, and

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June Partner Spotlight: S.T.A.R.

S.T.A.R. stands for Staffing, Training, Advocacy, and Resources, and those are exactly the things Tina Mosley and Adrienne Pennington are providing to empower and support the needs of early educators in Missouri. Through research-based training necessary to develop the professional as a whole, their goal is to collaborate with both private and non-profit childcare programs

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Legal Aid in Missouri: Free Services Helping Kids & Families

A big shout out and thank you to the four legal services organizations throughout the state for their time and knowledge during our June monthly update call. It was incredible to learn about all of the critical services they have available to support kids and families in Missouri! If you are an organization that serves

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How Kids Won the 2021 Session and the Work Ahead

by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Kids Win Missouri The 2021 Regular Session of the Missouri legislature concluded on Friday, May 14th at 6 PM. Policy priorities such as COVID-19 liability, criminal justice reform, gasoline tax, and education reform were all sent to Governor Parson’s desk. As these priorities were resolved, Republicans and

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Partner Spotlight: Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri

Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri, a not-for-profit child advocacy center headquartered in Joplin, Missouri has been providing victim assistance services since 1997. Children’s Center was founded in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens that believed children should not be repeatedly interviewed about an abusive incident. At that time, most children were interviewed in busy police

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Protecting Children from Abuse in Unlicensed Boarding Schools

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month In September 2020, the Kansas City Star released the first article in what would become a months-long series that is still ongoing detailing horrific cases of physical and sexual abuse at a several unlicensed boarding schools throughout southern Missouri. When reports revealed loopholes in child protection law allowing

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