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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Do you want to know the secret ingredient of Head Start?

by Jeff Goldammer, Director of Head Start and Early Head Start and 30-year Head Start veteran, Economic Security Corporation in Joplin October is Head Start Awareness month.  What do people need to know about Head Start? Some people will want to know that Head Start was established in 1965 and has served more than 38

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Partner Spotlight: CarePortal connects organizations to support foster children

Our partner of the month is CarePortal – an organization focused on supporting children and families interacting with the foster system, whether they are trying to stay together as a family through a crisis or need the support of their community to ensure children’s needs are being met. CarePortal utilizes technology to help meet children

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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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