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Presidential Inauguration 2013

The Baby Monitor

January 22, 2013



Presidential Inauguration 2013: Seizing the Moment

Yesterday, in a ceremony symbolizing the orderly transfer of power that distinguishes our democracy, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term in office. In his inaugural address, President Obama emphasized the collective American experience and responsibilities to each other, noting that we the people must act together to meet the demands of today’s world. The thread of “We the people” and our common beliefs about the need for all to share in prosperity and have the chance to succeed reverberated throughout the speech. How might these words translate into the realities faced by infants and toddlers in this, our time? As advocates we must take on the challenges laid out in the President’s speech. To read more, please read the Baby Policy Blog.



Children’s/Youth Inaugural Address

Yesterday, tens of thousands of people convened on the National Mall in Washington, DC and hundreds of thousands watched via television to witness President Barack Obama take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address for his second term.  During his address, President Obama outlined his vision for our nation and the role we all can play in facing the challenges of our time. 

Our friends at Children’s Leadership Council and SparkAction gave youth across the country a platform to deliver their own inaugural speeches. In a video project called the Children’s/Youth Inaugural Address, youth ages 5 to 25 lent their voices to tell the President and other policymakers what they wanted to see accomplished over the next four years.  Their voices send a powerful message to our nation’s leaders about the priorities needed to keep our nation on a path of prosperity.

The only children’s voices missing were those who are too young to speak for themselves—the voices of infants and toddlers. The ZERO TO THREE Policy Network urges you to commit to being a Big Voice for Little Kids® and speak up on their behalf. Join us in demanding public policies that promote good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences for all infants and toddlers in the months to come.

Click here to watch the Children’s/Youth Inaugural Address video and to view individual children’s interviews. 



State Policy Update
Illinois Awards Early Childhood Construction Grants

On December 19, 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced grants to 14 early childhood education centers and providers to assist in renovating or expanding their facilities.  The Early Childhood Construction Grant (ECCG) program was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 2010 to increase access to early childhood services in underserved areas. Grantees will use the $45 million that was awarded to acquire or construct a new facility, renovate an existing facility, purchase equipment, and/or make safety improvements. Read the state policy update now.



Publications & Resources

ACF Annual Report on Child Maltreatment
The Administration for Children and Families released Child Maltreatment 2011, the latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. The report shows that children ages 0-3 now represent a larger percentage of the population of children who are maltreated than in previous years.  The resource draws upon national data about child abuse and neglect provided by child protective services agencies in the U.S. during the 2011 Federal fiscal year.

National Child and Youth Well-Being Index
The Foundation for Child Development released its annual National Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI), a comprehensive assessment of how children are faring in the U.S. The CWI is based on a composite of 28 key indicators of well-being, which are grouped into seven quality-of life domains:  Family Economic Well-Being, Safe/Risky Behavior, Social Relationships, Emotional/Spiritual Well-Being, Community Engagement, Educational Attainment, and Health.

World Family Map
Child Trends released data on family well-being across high- and low-income countries around the world. The World Family Map summarizes data on family strengths and challenges, as well as important educational outcomes for children. The report also examines factors that strengthen or undermine family life.

Child Care Assistance Fact Sheet
The National Women's Law Center released a fact sheet, On the Edges: Child Care Assistance Policies that Affect Parents, Providers, and Children. The fact sheet looks at key child care assistance policies–specifically, eligibility criteria and reimbursement policies–to determine their impact on families’ ability to access high-quality child care.


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