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We recommend smart investments and focus political will around what affects kids, but we can’t do it alone. Learn more.

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We advocate for removing silos between child-serving efforts and mobilizing community agents for change that works. Learn more.

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We work to find the next innovative ideas and foster them here to make Monroe County an even better place to grow up and raise a family. Learn more.

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What's Happening

City Budget Increases Investments In Children and Youth

The Children’s Agenda’s analysis of the City of Rochester budget commend the City for investing in additional full-time recreation center staff and literacy aids at libraries and recreation centers, for investing in the ROC the Future initiative to screen 3-year-old children for developmental delays, and for initial efforts to incorporate a Child Impact Statement into the budget report. The Children’s Agenda recommends investment in professional development for recreation center staff, releasing evaluation of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services and Pathways to Peace, and including impact on police-youth relations in the evaluation of the Police Department re-organization.

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In the News

Big Ideas for Little Kids

Big Ideas for Little Kids: City of Rochester 2015-16 Budget Solid; and Much More Needed for Kids in Our City and Community By Kelly A. McCarthy, Chair of the Board, and Rev. Marvin McMickle, Ph.D., and Ed Doherty, Board Members, The Children’s Agenda Each year... read more

From Our Blog

The Foundation for a Healthy Community is Healthy Children
Nov 20th, 2014

By Dianne Cooney Miner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College; Bob Thompson, MS, Vice President of Community Health Engagement, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; Fran Weisberg, Community Fellow, Center for Community Engagement, St. John Fisher College; … Continue reading &rarr ... read more

This Tuesday, Vote for Kids
Nov 3rd, 2014

By Larry Marx, Executive Director, The Children’s Agenda A new national public opinion poll released last week by the Children’s Leadership Council finds strong support for increasing funding for effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth across the … Continue reading &rarr ... read more

Improving Our City By Making Kids a Business Priority
Sep 22nd, 2014

By Sandy Parker, President & CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, and Jim Brush, CEO of Sentry Safe The Children’s Agenda is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 blog posts from community leaders committed to making the next 10+ years … Continue reading &rarr ... read more

Practicing Our Faith by Pursuing Systemic Change for Children
Aug 28th, 2014

By Sr. Beth LeValley, SSJ (Greater Rochester Community of Churches/Faith in Action Network), Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle (President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School), and Dr. Muhammad Shafiq (Executive Director, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College). The … Continue reading &rarr ... read more

Local Leaders: What Will the Next Decade Bring for Children?
Aug 26th, 2014

What impact do kids have on the business environment? How can people of faith make a difference outside of their churches, mosques, and temples? With all of the policies and programs active in our community to help children thrive, why … Continue reading &rarr ... read more