What we’ve been up to this month

Every Child Matters on Long Island is continuing to activate and engage Long Islanders through community clusters and advocacy:

Community Clusters Highlights

  • The South Huntington Cluster hosted an ECM-LI Community Café at the South Huntington Public Library on March 23rd.
  • ECM-LI met with a group of faculty and staff from Stony Brook University who are interested in establishing a community cluster.
  • Upcoming activity: The Smithtown Cluster will hold their kick-off meeting on May 2nd; the Glen Cove Cluster is meeting again on May 5th; the Suffolk AEYC will continue their cluster activity at their board meeting on May 18th.

Advocacy Highlights

ECM-LI has had a presence at important advocacy events and elevated the voice of children through various platforms:

  • On March 9th, ECM-LI advocate Felice Holder and ECM Director of Political Policy Stephen Clermont traveled to Albany to advocate for Raise the Age NY. Read about their trip here.
  • On March 24th, advocates Christina Pandolfo and Asha Johnson represented ECM-LI, alongside staff, at a Paid Family Leave Town Hall Meeting in Westbury hosted by Assemblywomen Michaelle Solages and Kimberly Jean-Pierre.
  • On April 12th, ECM-LI partnered with SUNY Old Westbury, Family and Children’s Association, Nassau AEYC and QS2 Training & Consulting to host a screening of The Raising of America followed by a panel discussion, which was streamed live through Facebook to ECM-LI friends and fans.
  • On April 18th, ECM-LI partnered with Herstory and Prison Families Anonymous for a panel discussion and presentation to social work students at Adelphi University.
  • ECM-LI attended the 2016 New York Head Start Annual Conference, where ECM-LI director Shanequa Levin received a leadership award!
  • A special election for NYS Senate District 9 took place on April 19; ECM-LI asked each candidate to answer questions regarding children and families. The candidate responses are available to read here.