New York children had many policy wins last year. So what’s next? A lot! In 2022, The Children’s Agenda, along with coalition partners and advocates like you, will work to –
Work on this year’s agenda began with the Governor’s State of the State address. The Children’s Agenda commends Governor Hochul for laying out a vision for how state government can and should work for families. We appreciate her acknowledgements of children and the families, educators and child care professionals who care for them. We agree with the Governor that this is “a moment of great possibility” and a time to be innovative. The agenda the Governor laid out is ambitious. However, the size and scope of the challenges New York families are facing require more than mere ambition. They require bold action. Expanding existing programs is not sufficient. We must lay new foundations on which families can build their children’s futures. Read our full response here.
While the State of the State articulates aspirations, the state budget is where the real impact is made. Mid-month the Governor presented her Executive budget proposal. Our staff and partners are diving into the briefing book and other documents to untangle the many threads related to children. Our response will be coming out shortly. For now, here are some things that stand out:
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The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.