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Five cities recognized for age-friendly initiatives

On Friday, Jan. 27, the Mid-America Regional Council recognized the cities of Excelsior Springs, Independence, Liberty, Raymore and Roeland Park as “Communities for All Ages.” The awards were presented at a meeting of the First Suburbs Coalition at Westwood City Hall.

Pictured from left: Chris Whitting, Independence; Sharon Powell, Excelsior  Springs; Kristofer Turnbow, Raymore; Teresa Kelly, Roeland Park; and Gene Gentrup, Liberty.

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MCEL supports literacy development initiatives

The Metropolitan Council on Early Learning is proud to support Turn the Page KC, an initiative focused on improving reading proficiency for third graders in Kansas City, and The Family Conservancy’s “Talk, Read, Play with your Child Every Day” campaign. The strength of a child’s vocabulary, built by the words she hears, directly impacts that child’s ability to read. Also, children who do not learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade are in in danger of poor academic performance as they progress through school. Studies show that when parents and guardians talk to their child, read to their child and play with their child on a daily basis that child’s vocabulary expands and she has increased school success. Both Turn the Page KC and the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign address the need for parental engagement in language and literacy development. To learn more, visit the Turn the Page KC website and the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign website.

Regional health care report released

The REACH Healthcare Foundation contracted with MARC’s Research Services department to produce a report that analyzes health and social conditions of uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City Regional Health Assessment Report, published in June 2013, updates a health data assessment originally prepared for REACH in 2010.

Never leave a child alone in a car

Mid-America Head Start encourages parents across the metro to keep children safe. In 2013, nearly 50 children nationwide died because they were left unattended in a vehicle. If you see an unattended child in a car please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Also, distractions and routines have caused people to accidently leave children behind in cars. Safe Kids USA has established tips and tricks to keep your child safe this summer. Learn more»