When we invest in children, struggling communities become thriving communities. Over the past year we have achieved much for children --
The reason we have achieved these wins for children is because of what we do and how we do it -- research, parent engagement, advocacy, and collaborative systems-building combined with ethical leadership and a commitment to racial equity. These inspire people and policymakers to take action and support systemic change.
As 2022 comes to a close and we prepare for the coming legislative year, we are acutely aware of what still needs to be done. Our policy priorities for 2023 are ambitious because they must be. When it comes to children, there is no other way but to move forward smartly, boldly and together.
Elevating Ethical Leadership
The Children's Agenda is honored to be recognized as a 2022 ETHIE Award winner by Elevate Rochester.
The ETHIE Award recognizes organizations that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior. Judges take into consideration ethical leadership; organizational excellence; responses to ethical challenges; corporate citizenship; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
This award reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone associated with The Children's Agenda -- staff, parents, advocates, Board of Directors, donors, supporters, and partners. Watch the video to learn more!
Thank you for being a vital part of how we lead in our community and across the state.
The Children's Agenda takes seriously our commitment to racial equity and anti-racist leadership. We recognize that intentions are only words until they are put into action. That's why our Board of Directors and staff have worked together to develop a workplan for how we will become a more anti-racist organization.
Our anti-racism workplan identifies specific actions we will take over the next three years, assigns responsibilities, fosters organization-wide ownership of the work, and provides accountability for our efforts. It addresses five key areas:
Organizational Partnerships and Collaborations
The 38 actions in the workplan range from how we use our purchasing power to diversifying staff and empowering parent leadership to the policies we advocate for and the partners we work with in that advocacy. We will track our progress monthly and engage in critical reflection with our staff, parent leaders and Board of Directors.
We will share our progress -- achievements as well as mistakes -- because it is only in honest coalition that we will move forward.
The 2023 Agenda
Our policy priorities for 2023 will:
Together, we will achieve these goals through:
You can help by:
Get on the Bus!
Mark your calendars now...we're heading to Albany! Join with parents, child care providers, service providers, students, educators, faith leaders and others from across New York to meet with legislators.
The Children's Agenda will:
Elevate Rochester Selects 2022 ETHIE Award Receipients (Rochester Business Journal)
Hochul Called Upon to Increase Funding for Early Childhood Intervention Services (Spectrum)
Local Advocates Push for More Early Intervention Funding (WHEC)
94 Groups Pen Letter to NY Gov. Calling for Increase in Early Intervention Funding (WROC)
Assemblyman, local families call for more funding for Early Intervention Providers (WHAM)
Coalition Calls on Hochul to Boost Early Intervention Provider Pay (City Newspaper)
Child Poverty Advisory Council (WHAM)
Rochester Community Calls for Expansion of Child, Earned Income Tax Credits (WROC)
NY Congressional Representatives Demand Congress Oppose Corporate Tax Breaks (Harlem World Magazine)
Thank You to our Recent Donors!
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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.