|This Month’s Awareness: Be a voice for child poverty preventionAs of 2011, right here on Long Island, 1 in every 5 children didn’t have enough healthy food to eat all day long.
What’s going on Nationally:
Americans love their children and grandchildren. But many are unaware that a widening ‘national investment gap’ in health and social programs is contributing to a wide ‘child well-being gap’ among the states. How wide? In a comparison of states using ten indicators of child well-being, children in the lowest ranking states are:Three times more likely to live in poverty.
Three times more likely to die between the ages of 1-14.
Eight times more likely to be incarcerated.
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What’s going on Statewide:
Closing the disparities in child well-being among the states is achievable. Targeted investment strategies over a decade and longer will be required, strategies whose chances of success are greater if they are jointly arrived at between state and federal lawmakers. But as necessary as joint partnership is, it cannot rely solely on voluntary cooperation-the lives of too many children are at stake. Global competitiveness, erasing historical inequalities, and better care for an aging population will be the
principal benefits from closing the gap.
What you can do locally:
Do your part to help end child poverty by talking to others friends about it, writing letters to the editor and your representative. Also speak to with local candidates and ask them a few questions about how they plan on doing their part to end child poverty. Click here for sample questions.