Long Island January Newsletter 2013

Every Child Matters- LI  January E- Letter
In This Issue
ECM-LI Highlights
Reports
A Win For Children
Awareness Strategy
Call To Action
A Word From The National Office Of ECM
Parenting Tip
Announcements & Opportunities
Issues
Quick Links
Dear Reader,

Happy New Year!!!!  This new year brings victories for children and new spaces for ‘the people’ to strengthen the voice for children.    Click here to jump to the issue of the month.

ECM-LI Highlights
We are proud to announce that so many of you are stepping up and dedicating 15 minutes of your week, or month to be an active voice for kids.  We would like to thank 10 individuals/businesses for becoming a Supporting Member of ECM-LI. Click here then scroll down to view our new Supporting Members.
        *Don’t forget to check out our website Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter pages. 

Reports

Click here if you didn’t get a chance to read our Homeland Insecurity Report, please give it a read. It’s an easy-to-understand breakdown of the various budget scenarios that could transpire in the beginning of this year and how our nation’s children would be affected by each of those scenarios.

A Win For Children

*In the Governor’s State of State address he talked about the importance of a quality early childhood education.  Advocates for early education should be proud that their unified efforts have not gone unnoticed.  Click here to watch the address.  

 

*In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate joined the House last week in its desire to help children by voting passage of H.R. 6655, An Act to Protect our Kids.  The legislation, signed into law by President Obama, creates a new, two-year national commission to develop a wide-ranging strategy for ending the upwards of 2500 child abuse and neglect deaths a year. Click here to read more. 

Awareness Strategy
*It’s time to let the President, state Governors, members of Congress, and other policymakers know what the public thinks they should be doing for young children and families! This month’s advocacy challenge is to share this public opinion flyer with your local elected officials.  Click here to view the flyer from Zero-Three.  

*This is the time of year when schools begin the process of creating a budget for the next school year.  Attend your school board meetings to be part of the process.  Click here to find your school’s website which lists the next board meeting. 

Call to Action
*A phone call from you is needed to increase the chance of reducing some of the gridlock that  kids issues are getting caught up in.  Click here for more info. 

*The first Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Early Childhood Education Advocacy Day is on Monday, Feb. 4th in Albany.  There will be speakers, press, and chances to speak to our policy makers. Click here if you’re interested in going and/or would like transportation.

A Word From The National Office Of ECM
No Cuts To Children’s Programs 
This winter, Congress has to come up with an agreement to deal with  automatic cuts once and for all, fund the government for the rest of the year, and raise the federal debt ceiling and pay the bills they have incurred. If they don’t, the government will shut down and the financial markets could go into panic. As a result, funding for children’s programs, particularly for low-income families, remains at risk in the  budget deal Congress has to make. Click here to read more.  

Parenting Tip

*Click here so you and your kids can play this free educational game.  For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.   

 

*Click here for ways to take action with your kids around poverty, and kid friendly books about those living in poverty from Treasure Seeker Blog. Reading and discussing books with children is a wonderful way to teach and inspire them!

Announcements & Opportunities 
*Click here to read the Education Reform Commissions Preliminary Report on education in New York.  Click here to read an article from NYMuniBlog that unofficially summarizes the report.
 *Click here for more information about the National Association of Mothers Centers webinar: The Ultimate Tool for Success – Emotional Intelligence.
*Click here for more info about an Educational Organizer position with a local non-profit.

IssuesIssues: A look into poverty
More than 16 million children and youth are living below the poverty line.  Millions more are in low-wage families with parents who work full-time but simply cannot earn enough to provide for basic family needs.  With continuing unemployment and increasing costs of living, more and more families have to choose between necessities like health care, child care, and even food.


What’s going on locally

The math of poverty on Long Island is stark and complex. And it’s time for us to take a close look at those numbers.  Here’s one shocker: As many as four in 10 households in Nassau-Suffolk have less family income than they need to buy necessities.  But the rate of people officially considered poor here, 6.1 percent, is far less than the national rate of 15.1 percent. What’s going on?  Click here to read more of this Newsday Editorial. 

What’s going on statewide
A non-partisan initiative to educate New York’s candidates on the importance of children’s issues – to ensure that when they make policy choices, New York’s kids are not overlooked was created by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and others.  Click here to find out more.
What’s going on nationally
Working to address poverty in America demands confronting the root causes of economic injustice – and promoting social policies that help. Click here to learn more from Poverty USA about some major legislative policies that help people get back on their feet.

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

Sincerely,
 


Shanequa (Shea) Levin
ECM-LI Director