We Invite You!

Every Child Matters is pleased to extend to you an invitation to participate in the Every Child Matters Presidential Candidate Forums in New Hampshire.

Similar to the presidential candidate forums we have sponsored in the past three presidential elections, we wish to provide each candidate an opportunity to address children’s needs while they seek their respective party nomination. Each forum will be one hour in duration and will feature a single candidate.

The Every Child Matters Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization whose goal in New Hampshire and nationwide is to make children and youth a top priority in presidential campaigns. We work with a wide assortment of children’s activists, leaders, media, academic and community organizations.

For these single-candidate forums we are partnering with MomsRising and The Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Enclosed are forum details and several October and November dates from which to choose. However, we can work with you to find a date that fits into your calendar if none of these are convenient.

These forums will highlight the most pressing concerns for children, youth and families in New Hampshire and throughout the United States. We hope that you will agree to join us for one of these forums. We look forward to working with your campaign to make children a political priority.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Every Child Matters in New Hampshire, or the Every Child Matters Education Fund in general.

What:  Single Candidate Forums on Children, Youth and Families

Hosts:  Every Child Matters in New Hampshire, MomsRising, and The Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire

When:  November and December – dates to be determined

Where:  University of NH, Durham, NH

Audience:  Members of the University Community, Members of the New Hampshire Children’s Advocacy and Child-Serving Communities, Local New Hampshire Parents and Grandparents, and Campaign Supporters (you invite).

Format:  These forums are sixty (60) minutes in length. Welcoming remarks and brief candidate introductions will be made by a representative of the University and Every Child Matters in NH. Each candidate will spend the duration of the forum on stage with the moderator(s) who will address six common, core questions about children and families. These 6 questions will be furnished to you in advance and will be followed by questions from the audience. Each candidate will be afforded the opportunity to make brief opening and closing remarks.

We encourage each candidate to spend as much time as necessary covering their experience, views, and plans on each of the six topics.