August is one of our favorite months as kids head back to school. However, for many children in Texas, focusing on schoolwork is extremely difficult with an empty stomach. In 2012, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) advocated to reduce childhood hunger by working to pass legislation requiring schools that have 80% or more students who qualify for free or reduced meals to serve breakfast to all students, which is referred to as the Universal School Breakfast Program. We know that access to healthy food increases academic achievement as well as improves physical and mental health in children.
This year, C@R will continue our work around federally funded meal expansion efforts across the state. To achieve this, C@R will raise awareness of the benefits of increased participation for communities through educational events and partnership with the media. It is crucial that we continue this fight to ensure that all families have access to healthy and affordable food.
This month, we also welcome our newest team members Shay Everitt, Kelley O'Conan, Melanie Richmond, Dr. Shreela Sharma, and Stacey Li. Together with our fantastic Board, community partners and legislative champions, we will continue to make Texas a happier, healthier and safer place for kids to grow up.
Very truly yours,
Dr. Bob Sanborn
President & CEO
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IN THE NEWS
August 18, 2015- Texas Kids: How They Fared In The 2015 Legislative Session. KERA reports on CHILDREN AT RISK’s 84th Legislative Session Debriefing, including how decisions made this year will impact our children.
July 24, 2015 - Healthy school food can improve children’s lives. C@R's President and CEO Dr. Bob Sanborn authors an op-ed on the importance of schools providing healthy food options to students.
July 21, 2015 – CHILDREN AT RISK to embark on a groundbreaking project to transform the landscape of early education and parenting in Texas through the Early Investment Project. The Early Investment Project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan and will create a comprehensive early childhood and parental education framework to improve the outcomes for parents and young children across our state.
LEGISLATIVE SESSION'S IMPACT ON KIDS
Our Legislative Debriefs in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth were a great sucess! Thank you to the 200+ attendees and to our program partners for helping us speak out and drive change for Texas kids. Please visit our Legislative Resources online to view the presentations and our 84th Legislative Session report.
CLE: TRAFFICKING LEGISLATIVE DEBRIEF
Most laws from the 84th Legislative Session become effective in September. On September 2, C@R staff attorneys will provide an overview of human trafficking along with an update on recent legislative changes in Texas. This is an accredited CLE, but non-attorneys interested in human trafficking legislation are also welcome to attend. We appreciate Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office for hosting this event. Register today for this event!
6TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S SUMMIT
Register today for Growing Up in North Texas: Community-Based Solutions to Improving Social Health , where we will explore the environmental risk factors that impact positive social health development and focus on local initiatives/interventions adressing the barriers to children's positive social development. Visit our website for the full list of speakers and to register today!
Housewarming Happy Hour
A Night in Havana: North Texas Gala
North Texas Children's Summit
Rethink Education: 2015 Houston Education Summit
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