As President Obama and the 112th Congress struggle with worldwide economic problems, it would be easy to postpone the critical new investments America needs to make in its children. And an already challenging situation is compounded by state budgets staggering under the recession and the cuts in social spending that follow.
But make no mistake, the development of human capital is central to U.S. global competitiveness, increased productivity, caring for an aging population, and fulfilling the moral obligation every generation has to leave the world a better place for the one that follows. This is not the time to take a step backwards.
During the 2011 lead-in to the 2012 early caucuses and primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, Every Child Matters will be focusing its resources on these two most-watched states to raise awareness nationally of children’s issues. We will work to educate candidates and challenge them to heed our call for greater national protection, health, and education investments in children.