April 2013 E-Letter

Every Child Matters- LI  April E- Letter
In This Issue
Call To Action
Words from ECM-DC
A Win for Families
Parenting Tip
Announcements and Opportunities
Quick Links
Dear Reader,

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  Click here to jump to the issue of the month.

Call to Action
Please click here to contact your two senators. Thank them if they supported background-check legislation. Tell them to reconsider if they didn’t. Click here to read more.  

Awareness Strategy
Please click here to join supporters in thanking President Obama for his early childhood education initiative.    

A Word From The National Office of ECM
Much can be done to reduce child abuse and neglect deaths. There exists a vast body of knowledge about healthy child growth and development, including how to prevent abuse in the first place, and how to protect children from further harm if abuse should occur.  Click here to read more of the We Can Do Better report.

A Win for Families
Click here to read more about the increase to $25 million for full-day pre-kindergarten, $20 million for extended day programs, $15 million for community schools, $11 million to reward high-performing teachers and $4 million to boost Early College High School programs.  

Parenting Tip  

-Click here for 10 Tips for Parents of Defiant Children. 

Announcements and Opportunities
President Obama Releases 2014 Budget After a lengthy delay, President Obama finally released his Fiscal
Year 2014 budget. Click here to read more from CWLA.

IssuesIssues: A Dark Side of America
In 2010 at least 1,560 children died as a result of abuse or neglect at home.  The true number may be double that figure or higher.  79% of the fatalities were children under age four- mostly infants and toddlers.  With nearly three million reports of abuse and neglect each year, it isn’t surprising that polls show deep public concern about the problem. But stopping child abuse is not a national priority even though it claims the lives of thousands, ruins the lives of  millions, and costs more than $124 billion each year.  The amount of help an abused child receives is largely an accident of geography: some states do a much better job than others. No states are in
full compliance with federal child welfare standards. Click here to read more of the Homeland Insecurity Report.

-What’s going on Nationally  
According to the United States Government Accountability Office, 2011, more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.  The US Dept. Of Health and Human Services came out with:Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide supports service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.  Click here to view the guide.

-What’s going on Statewide

Click here to read about Promises for Prevention, a pledge campaign that does not solicit money. Rather, it solicits promises, asking individuals to pledge to do something tangible to help, support or ease the job of parents.  Promises for Prevention campaigns encourage everyone in our communities to take responsibility for providing the support and assistance that all parents need.

-What’s going on Locally

CAPS offers programs for parents to help them become more aware of the challenges their elementary or middle school child faces, and keep their child safe from harm.  Click here to learn more about Keeping Kids Safe – A Program for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Resources Resources 
There are great  resources online that that give you facts, data and ways to take action.  Among the great resources are: 

Would you like to get your family/friends involved in the child abuse prevention discussion and action steps?  If so click here to contact ECM about hosting an informative house party. 


Shanequa (Shea) Levin
ECM-LI Director