Each year Step Up for Kids brings together thousands of people to show widespread support for investments in children and families. Participants include child advocates, politicians, parents and kids. These non-partisan events across the states raise awareness among voters and political candidates about the issues American children face, among them access to early care and learning and after-school programs, poverty, child abuse and neglect and health care. Spearheaded by Every Child Matters in Washington, D.C., Step Up for Kids entered its fifth year in 2012.
Step Up events have ranged from rallies and family-friendly festivals to candidate forums and press conferences. They have included speakers who addressed the needs of children both nationwide and in their own states – professionals who work with children regularly – politicians, teachers, nurses, pediatricians, social workers and others. The idea is to educate those in attendance about the serious challenges so many American children face and how it is important that our government continue to invest in children.
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