"Smart Choices. Bold Voices." refers to adults, not children. For children to do better in this world, they need us to act on their behalf.
The wins for kids we accomplished in 2023 (watch the video!) happened because people like you spoke boldly for policies that are good for kids. Thank you!
Next year's agenda for children is even more ambitious!
Reduce the harmful impact of exclusionary discipline
Reduce child poverty and racial economic inequities
We can accomplish great things for children when we speak and act together! The Governor's State of the State address (January 9th) will give us an idea of her policy priorities for the year. We will be listening for where children are in those priorities. Then the Executive Budget Proposal (anticipated on January 16th) starts the three-month marathon to get children's services fully funded begins.
Tell the Governor that you expect her to commit to Early Intervention in the Executive Budget Proposal. Go here to send your letter today.
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Danielle Jones is a clinical mental health counselor and host of the podcast "MomMe Timeout"
Something to Think About
Rochester mom Danielle Jones grew up in poverty and shared what that was like last month at our Child Poverty Town Hall.
"I'm pretty sure my mom thought she was doing her best, that she was shielding us from that, that she was hiding it from us. But you can't hide lights being turned off. You can't hide watching your mom not eat while you and your sister sit at the table. So I knew what was going on."
1 out of 5 New York children are living in poverty right now. In Rochester it's 1 out of 2 children. That doesn't even count the families who struggle to make ends meet but are above the federal poverty line.
The current federal poverty line is
$24,860/year for a family of 3.
Assemblymember Harry Bronson at our Child Poverty Town Hall on why people live in poverty
What Needs to Change
Child poverty is not a personal choice. It's a policy choice. One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to lift children out of poverty is through child tax credits. We know from the temporary expansion of the federal child tax credit in 2021 that parents spend their credits on things like food, housing, child care and education.
In New York, we are asking the Governor to increase the Empire State Child Credit from $300 to $1,000 in her Executive budget proposal and to ensure that families with the lowest incomes receive the full credit.
Send a letter to the Governor calling on her to increase the Empire State Child Credit. It's easy to do and only takes a couple of minutes. Send your letter by going here.
Make a contribution today so we can keep speaking boldly for children. We receive no government funds and are entirely supported by individuals and foundations who want to make lasting change for kids. You can make a secure donation here.
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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.