Times are hard. The current recession has families and children struggling in unprecedented ways. Record-breaking unemployment and deep cuts in services and supports threaten their well-being. Help for millions of the uninsured is still unresolved.
Throughout 2010, CDF will continue to use data and research and other advocacy tools to respond to the heavy toll the economic situation is having on our nation's children. Next month we will release State of America’s Children® Report 2010. In the meantime, we want to share some good news with you and let you know how our programs and policy initiatives are contining to have a positive impact on children’s lives.
President Obama Announces New Help for Struggling Families
In his first State of the Union Address, President Obama announced important help for families struggling to ensure their young children quality child care and their older children an opportunity to attend college. Specifically, the President called for a long overdue increase in the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and we also understand that he will propose increased funding for child care subsidies, both of which will help working families with escalating child care costs. The President’s Budget also will make college loans more affordable by limiting student loan payments to 10 percent of discretionary income and offering loan forgiveness after ten years for young people who choose to work in public service and other careers. Learn more about these proposals and what the President’s State of the Union Address means for children.
CDF-Texas Honored with Award for it's 100% Campaign!
We are delighted to announce that the work of CDF-Texas has been recognized by The Texas Association of Partners in Education, one of the largest education communities in the state, as successfully demonstrating the critical link between child health and school performance. CDF's 100% Campaign is a partnership with Texas school districts to systematically identify uninsured children through school enrollment forms and to link eligible uninsured children with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Children’s Medicaid, or other health coverage. Texas leads the nation in the rate of uninsured children, and although more than half of these children are eligible for CHIP or Children’s Medicaid, they are not enrolled. The 100% Campaign gets children covered and educates families about how to renew coverage and to use preventive care rather than emergency room care. Last year, in partnership with the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school district in the nation, more than 32,000 uninsured children received assistance from the campaign in applying for health coverage.
The CDF Freedom Schools® Program Prepares for Summer 2010!
The start of the new year marks the beginning of the annual CDF Freedom Schools Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute to prepare our local sponsor organizations to operate successful summer learning programs. National staff will train executive directors of new sponsor organizations from February 3-5 at the CDF Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN. The training will focus on program administration, curriculum, fundraising, evaluation and personnel. Each year, qualifying CDF Freedom Schools servant leader interns and site coordinators are selected to lead the Institute as Ella Baker Trainers. They teach the delivery of our key program components and provide technical support for new sites. The 2010 class of 19 new and 21 returning EBTs is the largest ever. Learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program.