Progress for Kids at State Level
Thanks to you, 6,000 members of our online Advocacy Network, and coalitions of dozens of organizations statewide, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed five important bills supporting our community’s children. The Children’s Agenda advocated for them all in visits to legislators with parents directly affected by the issues, data analysis, testimony at hearings, and hours on Zoom calls strategizing with our advocacy partners. Now we are counting on (and advocating for) Governor Cuomo to sign all five into law, including:
Medicaid, maternal and child health funding: Also of note is that New York State Medicaid has agreed to fund the expansion of home visiting screens for mothers and newborns in Monroe and Chemung counties. Our regional funding arm for Medicaid reform, the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, will also likely fund expansion of maternal and child health programs locally, too.
Please take action to urge Governor Cuomo to sign these bills into law. We are deeply grateful to you for speaking up for children and youth, who depend on all of us to be their voice in Albany.
Assemblymember Harry Bronson speaks at a press conference celebrating the passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Act in the NYS Legislature
Children’s Agenda Analysis of Rochester City Budget
Our community wants to support our youth's social-emotional, mental and physical health. We need more transparency and accountability in City decisions.
While pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted and many Rochester residents are returning to some sense of normalcy, the healing from losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic has just begun.
Recovery Context for City Children
Read the Executive Summary of our Analysis
Community Collaborates on Recommendations to Reshape RCSD Education
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape education in Rochester. There is $313.2 million in stimulus money coming to RCSD between the three relief packages passed by the United States Congress. This money can be truly transformational if it is used to address the long-standing needs of students and families.
The Children’s Agenda has submitted a letter to RCSD’s board and administration with recommendations for how the money must be spent. This letter was developed in collaboration with all three districtwide parent groups, the Parent Leadership Advisory Council, Special Education Advisory Council, and Bilingual Education Council; with two youth-led groups, Teens With Attitude and Teen Empowerment; and our community partners at Action for Education Equity, Action for a Better Community, Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of NY, Greater Rochester After-School and Summer Alliance, Great Schools 4 All, IBERO American Action League, The Education Trust NY, and Urban League of Rochester.
The letter may be viewed here. The RCSD is still collecting feedback for how the stimulus money should be spent. Submit feedback using this link. A plan for the stimulus money will be posted on RCSD’s website by July 1st, 2021.
Pride (and Affirmation) Saves Lives
Happy Pride Month! All of us draw strength from our sense of self – who we are, where we belong, what drives us, and what makes us uniquely ourselves. That sense of personal identity is what comprises our relationships, and our relationships are what comprise our sense of personal identity -- all our beliefs, and all our actions.
For children and youth still developing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, nothing is more fundamental to a sense of personal identity than sexual orientation and gender expression. The social signals children get about their identity, particularly from close family and friends, but also from the worlds of schools, sports, religion, medicine, popular culture, public authority figures, the news (etc.), can either support or... (Read more)
“Leave No One Behind” – read our celebration of Juneteenth.
Remembering Sandy Parker
Earlier this month, our community lost an inspirational leader and friend to children, Sandy Parker.
Sandy, who served on The Children's Agenda's Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017, was best known for her role as the president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance.
Sandy was a tireless champion for the Rochester community and will be deeply missed.
Worth a Read
TCA In the News
Connections: Members of Rochester City Council on the city’s proposed budget
Child care centers closed as New York spent relief funds slowly (Albany Times-Union)
June 2021 Donors
Lisa Cauda - Jen Cathy - Carl Hoffman and Betsy Naumburg - Richard Kreipe - Sarah Mittiga
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