Long Island February Newsletter 2012

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February 2012 E-Letter


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Dear Reader,

Happy Black History Month!! Long Island has many events that you can take part in.  No matter what your background, everyone can celebrate the importance of Black History Month.  Think about that message when you are asking others to step up for children.   No matter what background, race, class, or if you are a parent or not, everyone can be a voice for children.  Read below to find out what you can do.  This months issue focuses on the NY State budget.  Click here to jump to that section.

ECM-LI Highlights
ECM-LI is looking to hire 2 part-time community organizers.  Position Summary: One organizer will be needed to organize individuals in Nassau County, and the other one will organize individuals in Western & Central Suffolk. Organizers will be organizing individuals to become a voice for children by implementing the ECM-LI Community Table (volunteer program).  Click here to read more.  

Don’t forget to check out our Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter pages. 

Call to Action

Send your representative a letter that includes the  following message:  Every 50 minutes a child on Long Island is reported abused. 2,500 American Children are killed every year as a result of child abuse.  80 % of those killed are under the age of 4.  Almost half are under age one.  In your message ask them to support the bi-partisan and bicameral “Protect Our kids Act”.  Click here to find the mailing address for your congressional representative. 

Click here to find out more about the act.

Awareness Strategy

Have your scouts hand out an “I’m Voting For Kids” bumper sticker with their cookie orders.  Click here to receive free bumper stickers for your troops orders or for yourself.

A Win for Advocates

Last year ended with Congress completing the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations process, resulting in an increase for Head Start and Early Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), and other programs vital to the healthy development of infants and toddlers.  Click here to read Zero to Three’s: Federal Policy Baby Blog. 

Parenting Tip

Although most would say that it doesn’t feel like a New York winter, you may be finding that it’s still too cold for outside activities that keep kids fit.  Since it’s that time of year when getting kids to move can pose a challenge, click here for some suggestions for keeping kids active, fit and happy even on the most blustery days.  

BudgetThis Month’s Awareness:  The NY State Budget & You!

In 2011, New York State’s budget ultimately placed the burden of decades of dysfunction, the duplication of services, and the lack of accountability in Albany on children.  New Yorkers can’t afford to let this happen again!  If we want New York to be a great place to live and work we must invest in our kids now!  Before the state budget is adopted, make sure your voice is heard. 

Here are some key facts about the 2012 proposed budget:

*No additional funding is allocated to pre-kindergarten programming despite the fact that the New York State Board of Regents proposed that $53 million should be used to expand quality pre-kindergarten programs instead of putting these funds into competitive grants. Pre-Kindergarten is proven to be successful in raising student achievement and graduation rates, increasing students’ income as adults, and reducing incarceration rates.

*Due to cuts school districts have cut art, music, sports, Advanced Placement courses, and more and 63% have increased class sizes. In some cases they have reduced kindergarten from full-day
to half-day, a move more districts are considering. All of these cuts have led the State Education Commissioner to warn that districts are in danger of “educational insolvency.”

Click here to read more about this from Alliance for Quality Education.


What’s going on locally: *The Child Care Councils of Long Island will be hosting a Long Island Early Care & Education Day  in Albany. Breakfast and transportation is  included in this FREE trip.  Click here to read more and to sign up to go.  
Education & Advocacy groups will also be visiting Albany in February and in March to discuss early childhood and scholastic cuts.  Lunch and transportation will be provided for these FREE trips.  Click here & here to read more and to sign up for either day.  


What going on State wide: 

Now that the Governor has released his budget proposal, over the next several weeks Senate and Assembly Committees will hold hearings by topic area… click here to read more and to read the overview of the New York budget by SCAA :: Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

What’s going on Federally:

February 2012 E-Letter
In This Issue
ECM-LI Highlights
Call to Action
Awareness Strategy
Babies & the Budget
Parenting Tip
This Month’s Awareness
Grants & Information
Awareness Events


Below are community events which are also places that you can wear your ECM awareness t-shirt (contact us to take the t-shirt pledge). 


Who: Alliance for Quality Education
:  Albany Education Days  Click here & here to read about them.    

Who: Nassau and Suffolk Childcare Councils

What:   Long Island Early Care & Education Day in Albany. Click here to read about them.

Who:  Long Islanders

What: Black history month celebrations. Click here & here & here to view a few local events.  

Quick Links

News on Long Island


Reports on LI

 More About Us

diaper target, came from childrens defense fund When it’s budget cutting time, they always start with the easiest targets.  We must ensure that the needs of children will not be sacrificed to protect the richest and most powerful citizens
and corporations. Click here to use the Children’s Defense Funds form to contact your members of Congress and tell them
to protect children’s safety nets and to invest  in their health, education and well being. 

Grants & Information       

*Be Big in Your Community Contest Bring YOUR BIG Idea To Life! If you have a BIG Idea that demonstrates Clifford’s BIG Ideas… click here to read more.

*Maxwell House Drops of good
This is a perfect opportunity for you to help your local recreation center, neighborhood park or any other group that would benefit from a little help. Of the winners, one local organization will receive a surprise $10,000 grant. Proof that a little good can go a long way. Click here to see how.

*Raising a Thinking Child  Does your child struggle with:  Temper tantrums,  Impatience,  Interrupting, Not listening, Difficulty making friends, and/or Other everyday problems?  Is so click here to read about about a program that will teach you and your child a new and more effective way of communicating with each other.

Have a Happy Presidents Day!!!
Contact Information
Shea Levin

LI Campaign Director



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