2019 ADVOCACY ISSUE: At our May meeting, we chose the issue for our 2019 Children's Interfaith Weekend advocacy. We will once again push for change so that that special education and therapies be provided to young children with special needs on time, as is required under federal law. There are 2 programs that provide these services, depending on the child's age: Early Intervention for infants and toddlers, Preschool Special Education for children ages 3 - 5. There have been improvements made in both programs in 2019 (due in part to our 2018 advocacy efforts), but too many kids are still forced to wait for physical & occupational therapy, special teachers for deaf and blind children, and other critical services. Children who can access these supports early in life are more successful in school and life compared to children who wait until kindergarten. We need to keep up the pressure to make more progress!
Click here for a 2 ½ minute video perfect for adult education or discussion groups who are interested in learning more about the local shortage of special education services for young children, and what they can do to help.
Prayer and action resources from the Children’s Defense Fund for the Children’s Sabbath/Interfaith Weekend
A note on Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) resources: “Children’s Sabbath” and “Children’s Interfaith Weekend” are used interchangeably, and mean the same thing. CDF has created interfaith resources on advocacy for children for many years. They generously share these at no cost to congregations or groups who celebrate the Children’s Sabbath or engage in faith-based child advocacy. Keep in mind that while CDF highlights a national children’s issue every year (e.g., poverty, gun violence), here in the Rochester area we select our own local or New York State-based issue, so some of CDF’s materials might not be relevant to your activities on the Children’s Interfaith Weekend.
Click here to go to a page with a rich array of resource containing links to collections of books, CDs, DVDS, and tool kits connecting children’s concerns with the insights, texts, and teachings of religious faith; Children’s Sabbath materials that offer worship resources, lesson plans, planning and communication materials, and action ideas for many faith traditions; collections of prayers by Marian Wright Edelman and devotional resources; and links for resources from a variety of CDF’s religious partners reflecting Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions.
Click here to go to CDF’s 2019 Children’s Sabbath page.
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 disparities and trauma.