March 23 News Advisory

Federal Budget Cuts will Harm Maine’s Children, Youth, and Families

 

AUGUSTA, ME///NEWS ADVISORY/// Is spending on children really driving the federal deficit?  Did kids cause the financial crisis or bring about the current recession?  If not, why does the U.S. House Continuing Resolution (CR) punish hundreds of thousands of America’s children, youth, and families with billions of dollars in cuts to programs and services?

In Maine the House budget cuts will result in:

  • 851 fewer children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start, with 72 classrooms lost and 297 jobs cut.
  • 900 children will lose access to child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
  • 31,000 students who receive Pell Grants will be affected by $19 million less in grants awarded.
  • 1,100 fewer youth service participants receiving Workforce Investment Act job training
  • $4,210,178 less for financial assistance to local school districts for Education for the Disadvantaged.

Every Child Matters in Maine is calling on Senators Snowe and Collins and Representatives Pingree and Michaud to remember Maine’s children as they continue their work on a budget for the remaining months of 2011, and will host a tele-news conference on Wednesday, March 23nd at 1:00pm to discuss the cuts to children’s services in H.R. 1, the budget bill adopted by the House. Journalists can join the press event by dialing 1-800-500-7035, and entering the passcode, 3106971.

News event speakers will include:

  • Lori Moses, Director of Every Child Matters in Maine
  • Deb Chase, Director of the Maine Afterschool Network
  • Peter Lindsay, Director of Community Impact & Success By 6 at United Way of Mid Coast Maine
  • Jean Bridges, Child Development Director at Penquis Head Start
  • Amy LaFlamme, student at Southern Maine Community College and Parents as Scholars participant

  Journalists are encouraged to please RSVP to Lori Moses at lmoses@everychildmatters.org.

 

 

Every Child Matters in Maine is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make children, youth, and families a political priority.