Send a Valentine to Congress
Show Kids the Love!
Join First Focus and United Way in showing kids the love this Valentine’s Day by sending a valentine to your member of Congress urging him or her to invest in kids and reject proposals that will harm our nation’s most vulnerable.
Current funding for children makes up less than 8 percent of the federal budget. And if sequestration goes into effect, investments for kids will be cut by an additional $4.2 billion in the current fiscal year alone. Your letter to Congress using United Way’s easy online tool is an important message to our country’s leaders to hold kids harmless in any future deficit agreements.
The White House Talks Kids and Poverty
President Obama focused several times in Tuesday’s State of the Union address on creating opportunity for our children and their families. He made a strong case for the importance of universal early education, passing comprehensive immigration reform, giving families a path to the middle class with livable wages, and protecting education and other key investments in our children during budget negotiations.
If you missed the address, you can watch in online here. And join our movement calling on the President and Congress to create a National Commission on Children that would inform many investments in our children and the families like the ones discussed this week.
“What I’ve said matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.” -President Obama, 2013 State of the Union Address
What We’re Reading
President Obama’s Commitment to America’s Most Precious Resource — Our Children | Huffington Post
Obama talks poverty, but…. | Washington Post | Jonathan Capehart
Wanted: A ‘national conversation’ on poverty | Washinton Post | Jonathan Capehart
The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools | New York Times | David L. Kirp
Did You Know?
Our children stand to lose billions in the March 1 sequester through cuts to education, early childhood education, housing, nutrition, and more.