Every Child Matters Education Fund December 21, 2008 4:01 PM
As part of President-elect Obama's plan
to hit the ground running on January 20, transition teams have been
meeting to advise the new administration on a wide variety of
topics-national security, the economy, agriculture, etc. Last Friday,
Every Child Matters president Michael Petit sent the letter below to
the transition team members who deal with children's issues. It calls
for a 10 year, $500 billion investment in a wide variety of proven
children, youth, and family programs. It makes reference to two ECM
reports--Homeland Insecurity and Geography Matters--documenting lagging federal investments in children's programs.
You can help reinforce this message to the transition team by e-mailing your own thoughts about the importance of investing in children to the incoming administration.
the campaign, President-elect Obama routinely referenced the need for
new investments in children. The front page of this morning's New York
Times prominently features a story about the likelihood of the new
President's plans to seek major spending for early learning and other
programs for children. Read the article and forward it to your colleagues.
you can help us run an invest-in-kids advertisement in January aimed at
the new president, and get a free ECM T-shirt, by making a
tax-deductible contribution to ECM. Please, make your donation today. Thank you for your help. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Our letter to the administration:
To: Transition Team Members
From: Michael Petit
Subject: Investments in Children
December 12, 2008
are writing to ask that President-elect Obama's stimulus/recovery
package and first budget include new federal investments in a wide
range of children, youth and family services. Since 2001, over
20,000,000 children have been reported abused or neglected, an
additional million children live in poverty, there have been few gains
in child health insurance coverage, and Head Start enrollment remains
As the economic
crisis continues to unfold, more children are swept into harm's way. As
parents become unemployed, children lose access to health insurance.
Their families may no longer be able to afford pre-kindergarten and
after-school programs-even regular meals or their homes. State
revenues, staggering under the recession, are forced to cut health,
education, and even child protection.
have attached two of our most recent publications, Homeland Insecurity
and Geography Matters, which document how lagging federal investments
are harming children.
show that the United States now ranks a poor 20th out of 21 rich
democracies in child well being, and ranks highest in infant mortality
and lowest in life expectancy among the G7 nations. Even children
within the United States are not guaranteed an equal chance. According
to Geography Matters, a child born in Mississippi is 3 times more
likely to live in poverty than a child born in Maryland, a child in
Texas in 2006 is 5 times more likely to be uninsured than her
counterpart in Rhode Island, and a child in Wyoming is 8 times more
likely to be incarcerated than one in Vermont.
as President-elect Obama plans to rebuild and repair the nation's
roads, bridges and buildings as a means of driving economic growth, so
too should new investments in children be made to shore up a struggling
economy. The Every Child Matters Education Fund is asking for
investments to be made in the alleviation of child poverty, the
prevention of child abuse, universal provision of high quality early
learning and afterschool programs, and universal access to
comprehensive health care for children. We believe the magnitude of
these problems warrants $500 billion in new investments over a ten year
We would welcome a meeting with members of the transition team to discuss the issue.
Every Child Matters
Thank you for your help to make children a political priority!
Please direct any questions to ECM@everychildmatters.org
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