An op-ed by Michael Petit from the Augusta Free Press.
President Obama released his budget for 2015 this week. In it, he details many important initiatives the administration has for improving the health, education, and safety of America’s children and youth.
The Preschool for All initiative, a partnership with the states, to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
Access to high-quality infant and toddler care to a total of more than 100,000 children through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, and support of Head Start grantees who are expanding program duration and investing in teacher quality, through additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.Read more »
From our friends at Half in Ten:
This morning CAP and UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment released a new report demonstrating that the nation stands to reap significant savings in federal spending on nutrition assistance programs by increasing the minimum wage.
Commissioned by the Center for American Progress and authored by economist Michael Reich and Rachel West, the report shows that the government stands to save $46 billion in SNAP expenditures over 10 years by raising the minimum wage to the Harkin-Miller level of $10.10, and provides expected state-by-state enrollment reductions.Read more »
National Public Radio aired a great story on Monday’s first public meeting of the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The Commission soon will be announcing its plans for nationwide fact-finding on child abuse and neglect fatalities. ECM will post the Commission’s schedule once it becomes known.
Also check out what NASW, member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse Deaths, posted about the first meeting of the Commission.
ECM’s New England Campaign Director MaryLou Beaver referenced the new report from The Working Poor Families Project, Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future, in her latest newsletter, Granite State Rumblings.
A new report from The Working Poor Families Project states that in 2012, there were more than 10 million low-income working families with children in the United States, and 39 percent (4.1million) were headed by working mothers struggling to support 8.5 million children. The economic conditions for these families have worsened since the onset of the recession; between 2007 and 2012, there was a four percentage-point increase in the share of female-headed working families that are low-income.
The report defines “low-income working families” as earning no more than twice the federal poverty income threshold. In 2012, the low-income threshold for a family of three with two children was $36,966.
Addressing challenges specific to these families will increase their economic opportunity, boost the economy and strengthen the fabric of communities across the nation.
Public policy can play a critical role in our future prosperity by reversing this trend and improving outcomes for low-income working mothers. While the federal government can play a role, of particular interest in this report is how state governments can best invest in helping working mothers gain the education, skills, and supports necessary to become economically secure and provide a strong economic future for their children.Read more »
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