Halfway There – Read Our Mid-Session Legislative Update

by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Kids Win Missouri.   The Missouri General Assembly returns from their spring break this week. Let’s recap where they’ve been and where children’s issues are headed during the 2021 legislative session. In January, when the legislators took their oaths, there were 47 freshmen House members (28%)

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Empowerment through Home Visitation – Asia’s Story

I was 22 years old, working full time, trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life as a professional, when I found out I was pregnant. I learned about Nurse-Family Partnership ® when I applied for WIC, and that’s when I was connected to Lauren, my NFP

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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

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Homeroom Health: Serving birth to 24 & addressing social determinants of health

by Abigail McCubbin, Cornerstones of Care   Homeroom Health is a pediatric health center powered by Cornerstones of Care and KC CARE Health Center. Each day, it serves infants, children, teens and young adults (birth to age 24) with or without insurance or Medicaid.   This fully-integrated trauma-informed model is the first of its kind, connecting

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One Vision, One Future for Our Kids: Our statement on the new Office of Childhood

Statement from Kids Win Missouri on Governor Parson Announcing the Creation of the Office of Childhood: We are thrilled with Governor Parson’s announcement and his leadership in the creation of the Office of Childhood. This is the culmination of several years of collaborative work from partners and stakeholders throughout the state, including parents, early care

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Kids a Top Priority for Governor Parson – Recap of the 2021 State of the State

Yesterday, January 27, Governor Mike Parson delivered the State of the State address to the Missouri General Assembly. In an unusual move of tradition, the address was held in the Senate chambers instead of the traditional House chambers. The transcript of the address can be found here. Governor Parson shared his vision is to make Missouri

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2021 brings new opportunities in a new legislative session

Last week, members of the 101st Missouri General Assembly took their oaths and elected chamber leaders. In opening speeches, House Speaker Rob Vescovo discussed his history and desire to improve our foster system and continue to make new investments in early childhood education. Senate leaders have previously discussed legislative priorities to include education reform, tax

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