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Some Washington County kids are facing some pretty big barriers to success. Poverty, poor academic skills, and food insecurity create conditions that make it difficult to succeed in school and in society.

kids learn by playing - looks like funThe good news is that kids are resilient and can overcome even the most adverse circumstances – with just a little help. Washington County Kids seeks to create a sustainable source of funding to increase early childhood care, improve academic skills and job readiness, and fight hunger. Through a coalition of community organizations, local government, and faith communities we work to identify solutions that guide our efforts.

We are looking at best practices and options to raise much needed funding because:

  • Child Poverty is Rising: Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) eligibility escalated from 22% of students in 2000 to 41.5% in 2014.pre-k kids learning, growing
  • The number of schools with more than 50% FRL eligible students increased from 10 to 33 schools in the same period.
  • 75% of children under 5 years of age and living in poverty do not have access to affordable, quality child care.
  • After school programs  are not available for all who need them. Statistics show that children who are left unsupervised after school are at a higher risk of getting involved in unsafe or criminal behavior.
  • Summer programs need to serve more kids; By the fifth grade, children from families with low incomes academically fall behind academically by as much as three years without summer support.
  • Youth are not prepared for employment:  7,500 Washington County youth are no longer in schools and are not working due to a lack of education and skills.
  • Homelessness is rising among youth: Since 2006-07 to 2014-15 the number of homeless students in Washington County has increased from 1,640 to 2,148 (31%).

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Increase awareness of the needs of our youth. 100% of your tax-deductible gift will fund these important efforts.friends made at Boys and Girls Club

Volunteer if you can: Sign up using the contact us page or contact Katie Riley at katie@katieriley.org

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If you know Washington County and stay in touch with supporting kids, then you know Katie Riley. Katie is a force of nature and current chair of WCK.  Folks with concerns starting meeting back in 2009. Susan Bender Phelps, whose energy matches Katie’s, was WCK’s first Chair.  It all started with an idea to help the kids.

Washington County Kids came up with the idea of actively doing something about serving kids and families who were falling through the cracks. “It was me and some members of the Washington County Commission on Children and Families who saw the need for out-of-school-time programs,” Katy says. “We work with many partners and support the programs that are doing the most good, but that don’t have enough funding to serve all the kids and families,” Katie adds. “We realized that the Commission just did not have enough funds to meet those needs.”

Washington County Kids (WCK) is a champion for kids. We  build partnerships, working locally to support academic and social success for children and youth in Washington County. The mission of Washington County Kids is to obtain sustainable funding for out-of- school-time programs (early childhood, after school, and summer programs). We focus on current programs designed to support under-served children and youth. Our goal is to secure sustainable funding for the programs that do the most good but that simply need to be expanded so significantly more children may be served.

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Stay in touch with this important topic.
Email Katie: katie@katieriley.org
Come to a meeting:
WCK Board Meeting (it’s an open meeting)
August 22, 2017  @ 6:30pm
   Hillsboro Shute Park Library

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Summer hunger – libraries fill the gap, NYT’s article

We thought you might want to see this article on how libraries are filling the gap on hunger by feeding kids who would normally be fed at school. Because it’s summer there are no meals.  Check it out – worth reading. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/well/family/free-lunch-at-the-library.html Should kids go hungry just because it’s summer?  Washington County Kids works hard …

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