Monday, March 7, 2011

NEWS CONFERENCE: 60 U.S. Child & Family Groups Unite to Fight U.S. House of Representatives Budget Cuts


First Day of School: My Four Kids - Triplets + 1
Vintage Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

As a mommy blogger of four children living in the state of California, I feel compelled to do my part to make moms and dads (both parent bloggers and regular moms & dads) nationwide aware of this huge non-partisan issue that affects families.  A press conference takes place March 9th that explains all the particulars.

Children’s Leadership Council (CLC) – on behalf of 57 of America’s leading child, youth and family organizations representing millions nationwide – holds a major news conference at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

According to a news advisory I received this morning from the Children's Leadership Council, the potential budget cuts -- that are now in the House and could eventually be sent to the White House for signature -- will harm kids and families in all 50 U.S. States.   The news conference this week will give America's families an overview of the impact the cuts will have with an emphasis on the states of AK, AZ, CA, FL, MI, MS, MO, MT, NV, NM, OH, PA, TX, VA and WI.

From CLC's Washington D.C. News Advisory
"Is spending on children really driving the federal deficit?   Did they cause the financial crisis or bring about the current recession?   If not, why does the U.S. House Continuing Resolution (CR) punish hundreds of thousands of America’s most vulnerable babies, children, youth and families with billions of dollars in cuts to programs and services that go far beyond anything contemplated by any previous Congress?"

The CLC News Conference on Wednesday will provide data detailing the devastating national and state-by-state harms of the proposed cuts to child- and family-focused programs and services, with a special focus on programs including Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, maternal and child health, school-based health clinics, Community Services Block Grant, low-income home heating assistance, Pell Grants, and Youth Employment, Education and Training.

Five News Event Speakers Include
  • Matthew Melmed, chair, Children’s Leadership Council and executive director, ZERO TO THREE
  • Michael Petit, president, Every Child Matters Education Fund
  • Kisha Bird, project director, Campaign for Youth, CLASP
  • Bill Bentley, president & CEO, Voices for America’s Children
  • Almeta Keys, former Head Start parent and now executive director, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Washington, DC
FOR D.C.-BASED REPORTERS: Members of the media in Washington, D.C. area are invited to attend this live news conference starting at 10 a.m. EST on March 9, 2011, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Holeman Lounge.

FOR REPORTERS OUTSIDE OF D.C.: A live, one-way audio feed from this news event will be available to reporters outside of Washington, D.C., starting at 9:55 a.m. EST on March 9, 2011, by dialing (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “Children’s Leadership Council” news event. After the news event, questions may be posed by contacting Ailis Wolf, (703) 276-3265.

POST CONFERENCE: A streaming audio replay will be available at as of 3 pm EST, March 9, 2011.

About Children's Leadership Council
The Children's Leadership Council (CLC) is a coalition of child advocates representing over 50 leading national policy and advocacy organizations who are working everyday to improve the health, education, and well-being of children and youth in order to prepare them for school, work, and life.  The Council believes investing in children and youth is investing in America.  By making all of our children - from birth to young adulthood - a priority, we strengthen our country and secure everyone's future. 

Parents and families: How do you feel about the looming proposed budget cuts that will cut deep into American families? Leave a comment and speak out.

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1 comment:

    Im the 28 yr old mother of 2 yr old triplets and an 8 yr old son. Im looking for help with tuition to return to the university i left when pregnant with my oldest son. Im a single parent struggling to provide for my kids. I cant believe how hard it is to find aid to go toschool for adults. please help!