Parent Spotlight: Anissa-Parra Grooms does it all for Elvira!

Meet Anissa Parra-Grooms, Kansas City resident and loving mother of two and a half year old Elvira! She is a powerful advocate for ECE and tries to find any way she can use her story to advocate for her daughter and our children’s future. Read our Q&A with Anissa below. Why did you become an

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Meet Our Advocacy Coordinator, Brandice McDowell!

“Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly” Micah 6:8 (paraphrased) is one of my favorite passages that has been a shining light in my life’s journey. I am humbled and honored to begin serving as the Advocacy Coordinator for Kids Win Missouri. My journey in advocacy is rooted in social work, as well as personal experiences that have

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Meet Our Director of Policy and Advocacy, Robyn Schelp!

“ ‘When you know your why, your what becomes more clear and impactful.’ What’s your why?” This is my opening line when sharing with people about the importance of advocacy. In 2016 when I first journeyed into legislative advocacy, my “why” was my boys Jacob, Nathan and Paul, but specifically my middle son Nathan. Now, six years later,

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Meet our new Project Coordinator, Abigail Walden!

I’ve been based in Kansas City since 2014 when I moved here to study Early Childhood Education at UMKC. In the program, I had the privilege of spending time in Kansas City Public School classrooms through practicums which gave me the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some incredibly talented and devoted educators. Before

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From KC to JC – A Parent’s Journey to Leverage Voice + Power

The days leading up to March 22, I told my four-year-old daughter that we were going to take a trip to Jefferson City to the Missouri State Capitol, on a bus.  “What’s there?” she asked.  I did my best to explain the legislative process in a way that she could understand and I was excited

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Top 10 State Of The State Fast Facts

by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Kids Win Missouri On Wednesday, Governor Parson delivered the 2022 State of the State Address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly. The address was broadcasted on Facebook. In keeping with tradition, Governor Parson released his budget plan as he presented the State of the

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Lessons learned from an Adoptive Parent

by Dr. Steve Archer, Principal of Union Chapel Elementary School, Park Hill School District and member of the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board My wife, Tonya, and I laugh a lot at ourselves these days. Twenty-eight years into our marriage, life looks a lot different than we ever imagined it might. We weren’t

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Meet our new Outreach Coordinator – Joe Gallant!

by Joe Gallant, Outreach Coordinator, Kids Win Missouri Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” In the midst of times that have tested us all, both as individuals and as a collective, keeping this inalienable truth in mind has

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