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With a highly successful, five-year track record, the ADA decided in 2006 to look for ways to expand Give Kids A Smile to "More Than Just A Day". A National Advisory Committee was constituted to guide expansion efforts, focusing on three primary areas: program enhancement, fundraising and promising practices to highlight Give Kids A Smile program.

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We are the professional and industry alliance dedicated to the elimination of cavities in U.S. five year olds by 2020 through our ability to nurture, empower and showcase community based prevention and care programs

Program Enhancement

The Program Enhancement committee identifies other access-to-care programs that would like to come under the Give Kids A Smile umbrella. Negotiations with several national and local access programs are under way. The committee identifies access-to-care programs with a history of significant achievement, or corporations that support Give Kids A Smile with significant resources.

Programs will have access to the Give Kids A Smile grants and national publicity venues through ADA publications, media relations and marketing.

There are currently eight programs that have championed the cause and joined us in building one central voice advocating for oral health care for underserved children. The programs selected share our same vision and goals. Learn more about the GKAS Program Champions.

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An organized fundraising initiative continues to build the Give Kids A Smile fund within the ADA Foundation. CareCredit, an ADA affinity partner in the patient care financing field, is the founding donor to the fund with a contribution of $100,000. The Fund has been used to assist and grow new and exciting community-based access to care programs nationally. The grant process will be re-evaluated each year by the GKAS National Advisory Committee and the ADA Foundation to continue to meet the needs of the GKAS communities of interest.  Continue to visit the GKAS site to learn about new grant opportunities.

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Promising Practices

For the past four years, Dental Trade Alliance Foundation sponsored the Give Kids A Smile "Promising Practices" symposium. The symposium was an opportunity for access to care program coordinators to come together and share ideas on how to enhance and improve local programs. Symposium proceedings are available free to all interested parties. As the Give Kids A Smile program enters its 10th year, the symposium will be replaced by the new "Give Kids A Smile University" program. This hands-on event, held at the St. Louis Give Kids A Smile Clinic, will allow selected participants to learn effective strategies in planning and implementing a successful Give Kids A Smile program. For more information on the Give Kids A Smile University, or to view past symposium proceedings, please click here.

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