The Medicaid program, in place since 1965, provides health coverage for children in families at or slightly above the federal poverty level (FPL). The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), brought low or no-cost coverage to families with incomes up to $45,000 for kids up to 19 years old. Families with children can visit this site to see if they qualify for the program, or they can call 1-877-Kids-Now (1-877-543-7669). In Spanish: http://espanol.insurekidsnow.gov/enes/.
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Private camps in California and the “Silver States”, i.e. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, band together in this networking organization. Browse the WAIC lists to find both day and resident camp in these states.
The American Camp Association (ACA) is the premier accrediting association for summer camps in the United States. ACA makes certain that its member camps meet over 300 standards in areas such as staff selection, safety rules, health, sanitation, and administration. Professional members can visit the site to read the latest wisdom about camp management and to post job notices. Parents can search the ACA database for camps by several criteria: targeted focus, e.g. music or science; camps for special needs or cultural focus; and by location. Any summer camp in this country worth attending is a member of the ACA.
You won’t find the latest and greatest here. Still, ICDL (International Children’s Digital Library) makes available free of charge classic children’s books and recent ones written in a variety of languages. This could be a boon to libraries with non-English speaking populations.
Author and certified nutritionist Julie Negrin offers healthy recipes for families with kids. Cook up her “On-the-Go Frittata Squares,” eggy bites packed with vegetables and fresh herbs. Negrin writes, “This dish is ideal when you’re on the run, because you can cut it into squares, store them in a baggie, and eat them without utensils!” She also offers cooking and shopping advice. Visit her blog to find how to make healthy family meals with or without a recipe.
You’ve got kids from age 4 to 7 who want to play games on the computer. Point them to Starfall.com, a web site packed with educational games without commercial content. Build computer but not consumer literacy in the young ‘uns.
Syndicated columnist Larry Magid offers tips for kids and parents to help them avoid harm while using the Web. He writes, “In this Web 2.0 world, kids aren’t just consuming media, they’re creating it and they have collectively embraced social media as a part of their lives. They don’t go online; they are online–whether on a PC, a mobile device, a gaming console, or whatever comes next.” Magid points out that the biggest online threats to kids come from themselves, when they disclose too much information, and their peers, who may bully them.