Today I’m off to the poles and I’m voting for our kids. The kids that do not have voices, cannot influence our future but are suffering through poverty. Children do not have a say in their parents not working, having money or the food that is or is not on their table. Children will inherit this environment and economy and when I’m voting today the candidates that get my vote have to have early childhood as part of their plan and here is why:
1. Children 0-5 are developing so quickly, their minds shaping their future. 85% of a child’s brain is developed before they are 5 years of age.
2. When we invest in early childhood the research shows us a $7 to $15 return for every dollar invested.
When someone is voted into office they work for us. Like my accountant and stock broker, works for me. Those who are in office need to see the investment and the proven return and this is what we as a country should be investing in, people…our youngest citizens. Our future workforce.
Will I keep environmental issues in mind, yes. Will I think about toxic chemical reform, you betcha. All of it is for our kids. When we vote someone into office and think of just the next four years our thinking is short sided and so are the results.
● Learn how Obesity and Hunger, Health Care, Education and Poverty affect kids every day.
Obesity/hunger reduction: Nearly one in four children lives at risk of hunger. Meanwhile, one in three children in this country are either overweight or obese.
Child nutrition is famously one of Michelle Obama’s priorities, and President Obama pledged during the 2008 election to spend an additional $10 billion on child nutrition over 10 years. But Congress has stalled on child nutrition legislation, and fallen short of the full $10 billion. Child nutrition should be fully funded and none of the money should have to come from food stamps, as has been proposed.
Learn more about Obesity and Hunger Reduction.
Access to health care for all: 7.5 million children were uninsured last year. That is about one in 10 children. Some 5 million are thought to be eligible for programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but are currently unenrolled.
The good news is that with parts of health care reform starting to take effect, children are the big winners: they will be able to stay on insurance plans as dependents up to age 26; they don’t have to worry about lifetime benefit limits for care; and they will not be excluded from coverage based on preexisting conditions.
Learn more about Children’s Health Care.
Quality education for all children: Only one in three fourth-graders, and one in three eighth-graders, reads at a proficient level, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the “Nation’s Report Card” administered by the Department of Education.
With reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and fully supported initiatives like Race to the Top, we can help kids have a better education.
Learn more about Quality education for all children.
Poverty reduction: One in five children lived in poverty in 2009, according to the U.S. Census and the poverty rate increased or stayed the same in every state last year.
To help support families Voices for America’s Children supports the Earned Income Tax Credits and the Child Tax Credit.
Learn more about Children and Poverty.
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