Children rely on responsible adults—to do what’s right, what’s needed, and what works.
Early investments in solutions that set kids on a trajectory of success are much more cost-effective than dealing with the aftermath of their struggle or failure. As Rochester’s own Frederick Douglass said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” As a nation, a state, and a community, our public policy is failing the test—with 90 percent of spending focused after age five, after 90 percent of brain development has already occurred.
The Children’s Agenda works to ensure elected officials fulfill their obligation to support, protect, and defend children, youth, and their families. As an independent advocacy organization, that means being impartial, deliberate, and persistent in keeping the policy and funding decisions most beneficial to kids at the top of the local, state, and federal agenda.
Our recommendations for smart, effective investments span the age spectrum and the issue spectrum. As part of our work staffing the Children’s Policy Council, we set a 2016 advocacy agenda that includes:
- Increasing the number of parents who receive parenting education through home visitation.
- Increasing the number of children who receive high-quality early care and education.
- Increasing the number of families who receive Paid Family Leave benefits.
- Increasing the number of children who receive support for social emotional health.
2015 County Executive and County Legislative Questionnaire ResultsThe Children’s Agenda releases the preliminary results of its 2015 County Legislature and County Executive Candidate Questionnaires. Outcomes in children’s health, education and well-being are broadly affected by public policies and government action and inaction. Each election season, we ask candidates to share their positions and perspectives on these issues with The Children’s Agenda and our 4,000+ supporters in every district throughout Monroe County. The questionnaire serves to assess and expand candidates’ knowledge of solutions to childhood poverty, increase awareness of issues surrounding children in Monroe County, and encourage candidates to develop clear action plans. Additional surveys will be posted as they are received from candidates.
We analyze annual budgets to ensure public expenditures map to what’s effective and what does the most good. With no affiliation with or funding from government or children’s services providers, we look at the impact of proposed funding plans on kids and families in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, and greater New York State. We look out for taxpayers, making sure that expenditures are for evidence-based preventive programs that work—not expensive, remedial, or ineffective programs.
Rochester City Budgets
- 2016 – 2017 Rochester City Adopted Budget [PDF]
- 2013 – 2014 Rochester City Proposed Budget [PDF]
- 2012 – 2013 Rochester City Proposed Budget [PDF]
- 2011 – 2012 Rochester City Proposed Budget [PDF]
Monroe County Budgets
- Executive Summary of Proposed 2016 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2016 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2015 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2014 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Executive Summary of 2014 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- How the federal sequester will impact Monroe County’s youth [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2013 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Executive Summary of 2013 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2012 Monroe County Budget [PDF]
New York State Budgets
- TCA Review of the Enacted 2016-17 New York State Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2016-17 New York State Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2015-16 New York State Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2014-15 New York State Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2013-14 New York State Budget [PDF]
- TCA Review of Proposed 2012-13 New York State Budget [PDF]