Issues and Statistics

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Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

  • Every 50 minutes a case of child abuse and neglect is reported on Long Island
  • In 2001, the New York State Central Register received 149,892 reports.
  • Annually in the United States, there are 3 million confirmed reports of child abuse, meaning that about 15 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

How would you ensure the safety and well-being of every child?

If elected, what would you do to help protect and treat every child who is at rick and work to prevent future abuse and neglect?


Children’s Health

The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act for the 33rd time. Repeal would have a harmful impact on the care children are now receiving and will receive in the future.

What would repeal mean?

  • A Return of Pre-existing Coverage Exclusions for Children
  • A Reduction in Coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • End to the Pediatric Benefit Package that Includes Oral and Vision Coverage for all Children
  • An End of the Effort to Improve Quality of Care for Children
  • A Denial of Coverage to Families without Employer-Based Care
  • A Return of Lifetime Caps on Coverage
  • An End to the Extension of Coverage up to the Age of 26

Conversation Starters/Questions:

Why should your representative support the Healthcare Reform?


Pre-School Education

  • High quality pre-school increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life. Children who attend are less likely to be held back a grade or need special education. They have higher earning as adults and are less likely to commit crime.
  • 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5.
  • Early Head Start for infants and toddler under 3, serves only 1 in 20 of those eligible.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

What will you do to ensure that every child has access to high quality pre-school education?

How would you help pre-school programs attract, hire and retain well educated pre-school teachers?

What changes, it any, would you make to the Head Start Program?


After-School Programs

  • Most youth crimes are committed between the hours of 3pm and 6 pm.
  • 92% of Long Island’s elementary school children are not in after-school programs. Among middle schoolers, 77% are not in after-school programs.
  • More than 50 youth agencies lost 7.3 million dollars in funding due to cuts in Nassau County.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

What steps will you take to ensure that after-school programs are of high quality and serve all children?

In your opinion, what are the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments in supporting activities and connecting children and youth with caring adults?

Do you believe that public after school services are important?


Child Care

  • On Long Island, the cost of child care increases approximately $468 per year.The average family on Long Island spends approximately $15,444 per year for an infant, $13,000 for a toddler and $13,624 for a school-age child.
  • For Long Island families with children under 5 years old, 46% are in preschool or childcare.
  • 70 % of women who work, full and part-time, have children under the age of 18. 30% of them have children under 5.
  • Suffolk County has dropped more than 1,200 children from the program that is aimed to help low-income working parents pay for day care and after-school services.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

What will you do to improve access and availability to quality and affordable child care for working families?

How would you help providers attract, hire, and retain quality child care workers?

Would you support a rating and improvement system for NY’s child care system like Quality Stars, NY?



  • More than 250,000 Long Islanders seek food assistance at emergency food programs.
  • If Citi Field and Yankee Stadium was completely filled, that would represent how many children on Long Island suffer from hunger on Long Island.
  • 1 in 10 Long Islanders receive food assistance.
  • 1 in 5 children on Long Island are food insecure.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

Do you feel that this is a public issue?

How do you think a hungry child can fully process scholastic lessons?



  • Approximately 4,000 children have no place to call home on Long Island.
  • In 2010, more than 168,000 people lived under the federal poverty line on Long Island, according to U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 1 out of every 571 homes is in foreclosure in Long Island’s Suffolk County, a rate far more severe than in Queens or Brooklyn, the boroughs that have been hardest hit.

Conversation Starters/Questions:

What would you do to help families with children become economically self-sufficient and able to provide for their family’s needs?

What else can our government do to combat poverty?