This state by state fact sheet, developed by CLASP, includes information on the number of poor and low-income children in each state using data from the Census Bureau. The information can be helpful in tailoring your talking points, press release, and op-ed for your state.
Ask your networks to commit to making three calls to members of Congress between now and April 8 (when the last continuing resolution they passed expires) to talk about the importance of investments in early childhood. In partnership with the First Five Years Fund, we have developed talking points to assist you in your efforts.
In 2010, we made our presence known. Congress’ phone lines were jammed, switchboards were overloaded, and inboxes were full. We plan to do that, and more, in 2011. This conference call was recorded on January 13, 2011.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 includes provisions for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, and WIC. The provisions for CACFP are focused on the promotion of nutrition and wellness, reducing paperwork, and increasing access to after-school meals for school-age children.
Karen Schulman is a Senior Policy Analyst in NWLC's Family Economic Security division. She researches and writes about child care and early education policies. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College and her master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked at the Children's Defense Fund.