Long Island October Newsletter

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October 2011 E-Newsletter

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The elections are the gateway in our democracy for parents and advocates of children to let our elected leaders know that we want candidates who demonstrably support, and invest in children’s programs. Every Child Matters works nationally and in numerous states to educate politicians, reporters, and voters on children’s issues. This collective effort will only be effective if everyone concerned about kids shows up and casts a ballot. 

With election day being on Tuesday November 8th Every Child Matters has created a day to Step Up For Kids before the election.  Come out on October 15th and have fun with your family while engaging with candidates running for office.  

Step Up for Kids Day is a fun filled day of entertainment and advocacy for the whole family!! At the Step Up For Kids Day “Parents’ Convention” there will be games, crafts, pumpkin painting, free raffles for birthday parties, dance instruction, swim lessons, parents’ night out, etc. Childcare will be available for part of the day so that parents’ may take part in the workshops.

The 2011 Step Up for Kids Day “Parent’s Convention” will be here next weekend. Don’t Miss your opportunity to make every child matter by stepping up and being their voice.



This months e-letter focuses on why children need a voice in politics. Please read below for more information about this topic and to learn what is happening locally on LI.

Issue of the Month: Why Children Need a Voice in Politics

We Vote…Because Our Kids Can’t.  Be the one on November 8th to vote because:

  • Every American child should have health insurance and be able to see a doctor.  Their health should not depend on where their parents work or what their income is.
  • All children should have the chance to attend high quality learning and care programs.  
  • Even though we ship tons of food overseas, millions of American children don’t have enough to eat.  As a matter of fact 1 in every 5 children are living in poverty.  It doesn’t have to be this way.
  • None of our children should be left alone after school; they should have a safe, supervised place where they can play and learn while parents work.
  • None of our children should suffer from violence at home, at school or in our communities.   

Did you know that on Long Island we have approximately 53,000 infants & children who don’t have healthcare. Right here on our island 1 in every 5 children don’t have access to healthy food all day.

There are approximately 4,000 Long Island children who do not have a place to call home.  While some of our children on the Island can’t access quality early care & learning programs, every 50 minutes a case of child abuse & neglect is reported.  

This doesn’t have to be this way.  Children don’t have a powerful voice in Albany or Washington; they depend on voters to ensure that the budget cuts don’t come down on their backs! Join in the fight for infants & children now! When you go to the polls, elect someone who will invest in kids! Be a kids advocate today and at the polls! 


What is happening on Long Island:

Every Child Matters-LI is holding an event where you can address candidates and ask them what they are doing for children. October 15th click here to register.  

ECM-LI Highlights

Register Today…  

The 2011 ECM-LI Step Up For Kids “Parents Convention” is this Saturday!  

This is a free, community-inspired Parents Convention where parents from across Suffolk County will get a chance to have
their voices heard as the exciting, mid-term election cycle approaches.



-Fun games and activities

-Free lunch

-Parents directly ask elected officials where they stand on pressing children’s issues

-Let elected officials know how you feel about issues related to children and families

-Empowering workshops and speakers, as well as great child care

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15th

Time: 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

11:00-1:30  Registration, Lunch, Kid  

12:45-1:15 Childcare Drop Off, Activity                    Wrap-Up (1:30)
1:15-2:00  Workshops: How to make   

        your vote count & How to make your             parenting count (Your choice of a  

2:15-3:15  Address the Candidates
3:30-4:00  Speaker, Raffle giveaways   

        (must be present to receive prize)  


Location: Henry L. Stimson Middle School, 401 Oakwood Rd, Huntington Station

Click here for more information and to register.

Address Candidates at the Convention

There will be time at 2:15pm for participants to direct questions towards candidates running for Suffolk County Executive and Legislative office. This is your chance to ask candidates if they feel that early care and education is important and why elected officials should support it.  You may ask any other questions that you have concerning issues pertaining to children. Speakers should speak from their personal experience…either as a parent, grandparent, taxpayer, advocate, business owner, etc.

Confirmed Political Candidates are:

Steve Bellone for County Executive

Angie Carpenter for County Executive

Kate Browning for Legislator of the 3rd district

DuWayne Gregory Legislator of the 15th district

Steve Stern for Legislator of the 16th district
Dennis Garetano Legislator of the 17th district 
William Spencer Legislator of the 18th district    

At the convention there will be donation boxes for:

School supplies which will be donated to homeless children on Long Island

-Nonperishable food items which will be donated to LI cares

-There will also be a box for disposable pharmaceutical items   

Advocacy Tip



1. Register to vote for all elections.
2. Contact the candidates directly. Ask candidates about their positions on issues that matter to you and on specific plans they have to help children and families.
3. Make your donations count. Give your dollars to candidates who share your stand on childrens’ issues.
4. Volunteer for events that help others register to vote or learn about the issues affecting families.
5. Write a Letter to the Editor. This is a good way to share your views on children with the candidates. You will also communicate with a larger audience in your community.
Some suggestions: Be brief. Be concise. Include your phone number. 


6. VOTE for someone who will invest in kids!!!!
7. Volunteer your time to help a candidate or initiative you support. 

8. Don’t let candidates forget promises they made on issues relating to children and families.
9. Stay informed and involved. The Every Child Matters website –
www.everychildmatters.org – is an excellent source of information and updates on critical issues.
10. Write to newspaper editors and call radio shows. Speak about what parents and children need. Share your perspective and talk about how community action can make a difference.
11. Contribute your personal and financial resources to organizations that make a real difference in the lives of real children. Homeless shelters, schools, mentoring programs, non-profits,  and community centers are always looking for support.  

Success in Advocating

Read on for good news…

In good news, we are pleased to report that the number and percentage of children without health insurance has declined over the last decade. In 2001, 8.5 million children (11.7%) were uninsured. Last Year, fewer than one-in-ten (9.8%) children were uninsured, a decline of 1.2 million. At the same time, the percentage of children covered by private health insurance declined by 10 points (62.4% to 52.4%). Federal health care programs have made the difference in protecting children’s health during the recession.

Call to Action


Call Congress 

Anti-hunger programs are at risk of funding cuts with 1-5 food-insecure.  Tell your Senator or Representative to protect nutrition programs now.  Dial 1-877-698-8228 to voice your opinion. To find out more about this issue click here.  

Write a message to  Congress 

The share of children covered by Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program has increased from 25.7% of all children to 37.9%. These programs must be protected from the id=”mce_marker”.2 trillion in cuts Congress has to make this year. Click here to send this message to your members of Congress.     

A Word From ECM-National   

Child Poverty Reaches an All-Time High

The United States Census Bureau released its poverty and health insurance report in September. A record 16,401,000 children and youth lived in poverty in 2010, an increase of more than three million from 2007, the year before the current economic downturn began.
More than 1-5 children now live in poverty, a percentage (22%) exceeding the 1995 child poverty level, the year the so-called welfare reform law was passed, for the first time. Despite the claims of some of those running for the Republican presidential nomination, welfare reform has ultimately done nothing to reduce child poverty. What it has done is leave low-income families far more vulnerable today than they were a generation ago.
The President’s Deficit Reduction Plan

President Obama released his plan to reduce the federal deficit by $4.4 trillion over the next decade. The key components of this plan include ending the Bush era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year, imposing a surtax on millionaires so those at the very top of the income ladder can no longer pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than those who work for them, closing corporate tax loopholes, and making cuts to government spending.  Click here for more details. While we do not see eye to eye on every decision in this, it represents a serious effort to reign in the federal debt, protects children’s health, safety, and education programs, invests in the future, and ends tax breaks for the wealthy. The federal budget deficit cannot be closed by spending cuts alone. This will lead to deep cuts in children’s programs. Those who benefited the most from tax breaks in the last decade should return to contributing now at the level they did during the 1990s boom. We applaud the Administration for putting this comprehensive plan out and urge members of Congress to either adopt it or put out their plan to reduce debt by $4.4 trillion.

Michael Petit
Every Child Matters Education Fund

Parenting Tip

Knowledge is the Key to a Healthy Pregnancy

What: Get support throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first year.  You’ll receive free messages each week on topics like pre-natal care, labor signs and symptoms, nutrition breast feeding and safety, baby’s development & more.

How: text  BABY  to 511411   Click here for more information.   

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child 

In this book, Dr. Gottman explains how to coach children to regulate their emotional world to increase self-confidence, improve school performance, and contribute to greater physical health and healthier social relationships. Written for parents of children of all ages, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.
Click Here to view a web presentation about Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child 

KTA Highlight 

Don’t forget to sign up for our Kid & Teen version of this e-newsletter.  It speaks to them directly and gives them ways that they can get involved in advocating.  You can share the link or print it out for a kid or teen you know.  There are also things you can do with your class to advocate. Click here to begin receiving that e-newsletter.

-This month the Kids & Teens Take Action (KTTA) e-letter focuses on ways the youth can get parents to be involved in advocating.  Click here to view it.   

Upcoming Events and Opportunities



Who: The Partnership for America’s Economic Success and the  

Pew Home Visiting Campaign

What: Webinar on The Lasting Benefits of Home Visiting:  

Engaging Business Leaders in Smart Early Childhood Investments, which will feature two business leaders

Where: On the web  

When: Tuesday, October 18 at 3:00pm EST, 

Cost: Cost:  Free, click here to register


Who:  Reel Link Films

What: Film Race To Nowhere 

Where: Babylon Jr. Sr. High School

50 Railroad Avenue
Babylon, New York 11702 

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2011  7:00pm 

Cost: Free, click here for more information 


Who: SAFE, INC.’s Pride Project Coalition

What: 7th Annual Health & Fitness Fair

Where: John Maccarone Stadium, Glen Cove

When:  Sat. 11/5/11 11am-3pm

Cost: Free 

Grants & Opportunities     



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October 2011 E-Newsletter
In This Issue
Issue of the Month
ECM-LI Highlights
Advocacy Tip
Success in Advocacy
Call to Action
A Word From ECM-National
Parenting Tip
KTA HIghlight
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Quick Links
Register for the Parents’ Convention
News on Long Island
Reports on LI

 More About Us

See you at the Convention this Saturday!! 

Contact Information
LI Campaign Director

Shea Levin