Coalition lobbies for children's programs

12/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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South Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was part of a collective call to President-Elect Obama and Congress today to renew investment in children’s programs.

The Children’s Leadership Council launched its “Invest in Children, Strengthen America” campaign today.

Bill Bentley is a member of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC).

The campaign focuses on five investment areas for children including an investment in prevention, early diagnosis and treatment for at-risk children, services to reduce high school drop-out rates, programs that provide early development and learning and an emphasis on physical and mental health.

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran compared the lack of education to crime, saying the number of high school drop-outs will parallel those who ended up going to jail.

Linda Smith is with the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. Smith is calling for a $70 billion investment over the long term, and $3 billion in the short term for child care Community Development Block Grants and $3 billion for the Head Start program.

The CLC is a coalition of child advocates representing 35 leading national policy and advocacy organizations.

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