March 2013 E-Letter

Every Child Matters- LI  March E- Letter
In This Issue
Awareness Strategy
Call To Action
Words from ECM-DC
A Win for Families
Reports & Updates
Parenting Tip
Announcements and Opportunities
Issues
Quick Links
Dear Reader,

Despite the high stakes, yet another day has gone by and Congress is still allowing a series of automatic budget cuts.   Click here to jump to the issue of the month.

Awareness Strategy
The Assembly and the Governor both support an investment in early childhood education.  It’s time that our Senators understand this too. Call on them to invest in New York’s youngest students.  Click here to learn more or to  send a letter today! 

Call to Action
It’s not to late to join the Childcare Council of Nassau on a fun-filled and informative bus trip to Albany.  Unite with them as they meet with representatives from the NY
State Legislature. The bus trip is free of charge.  Click here for more information. 


It’s vital that together we raise our voices and let the public and elected officials know how sequestration will affect you, your programs, your staff, and the beneficiaries of those programs. The Children’s Leadership Council in DC is collecting stories in order to put human faces on these tough cuts.  Click here for more info. 

A Word From The National Office of ECM

Heartbroken: Children Suffer when Congress Fails 

It hasn’t taken long for the impact of the mindless budget cuts implemented in Washington DC to harm children throughout the country. In Indiana, two Head Start programs held a “lottery” to determine which children could stay in the program and which 36 would have to be told they could not return next week.  Click here

to read more and to see what you can personally do.

A Win for Families
Over a hundred members of the House of Representative and more than twenty senators introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. This would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and adjust it each year after that to keep up with the rising cost of living.  Click here to read more.

Reports/Updates

Click here for The Pending Threat of Congressional Actions to Children’s Safety Net Programs- This report summarizes the automatic cuts, known as “sequestration,” that will become law unless Congress reverses them before the end of the year.  


Budget Update-
Legislators are expected to Vote on NYS Budget next week. Click here to find a brief overview from SCCA of how key issues stand today in the budget process.  

Parenting Tip 

Click here to learn 10 habits to strengthen your relationship.

Announcements and Opportunities
Click here if you have you ever wanted a relationship with a local corporation but were not sure how to achieve it?  Or have wished your agency had a corporate partner to turn to when in desperate need of in-kind assistance.


Click here if your family could use new source of income.

IssuesIssues: The Sequester
Because Congress failed to act by March 1st, a series of automatic cuts-called the sequester-are taking effect that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform. There is no question that we need to cut the deficit, but the President believes it should be done in a balanced way that protects investments that the middle class relies on. Click here for more info.


-What’s going on Nationally
 
As of March 1st many children began to suffer because the sequester requires we: 

 

  • Reduce nutrition aid for 600,000 pregnant women and infants 
  • Revoke rental housing assistance from 125,000 low income families 
  • Deny 70,000 three- and four-year-olds from the Head Start early education program 
  • Eliminate child care assistance for 30,000 children 
  • End services to 1,200,000 low income students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, and 
  • Cancel treatment for mental illness for 373,000 adults and children

The sequester will cost Americans more than 700,000 jobs.  Call your member of Congress and tell them to stop these mindless cuts. These cuts are bad for children, bad for families, and bad for America. There is no economic and policy rationale for making them and they must be stopped.


-What’s going on Statewide
 

Below are some of the potential effects in New York for kids:

  • Primary and secondary schools would lose about $42.7 million, putting around 590 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 4,300 children.
  • Less food and breast feeding support for new mothers will be provided due to WIC’s cuts.
  • About $12.9 million would be cut for clean water and air quality, as to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
  • About $1 million in cuts to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. 

Click here to see a full list of impacts for NY.   

-What’s going on Locally
Congress Takes Food from Mothers and Babies

Four-year-old children in low-inco
me families who receive free milk, fruit and vegetables through a U.S. government nutrition program might be turned away within weeks due to the sequestration.  Click here to read more.  
 
Resources Resources 
There are great  resources online that that give you facts, data and ways to take action.  Among the great resources are: 


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

Sincerely,
 


Shanequa (Shea) Levin
ECM-LI Director