Save the Children is reminding us that the USA needs to bring back the National Commission on Children. Sign the online petition which will be presented to the White House before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12, 2013.
What is the National Commission on Children?
This type of commission is formed to ratify policies that help children in the USA with some of the most difficult problems facing them – food insecurity, violence, illiteracy and health problems, especially obesity.
Back in 1987, the first Commission was by President Reagan and Congress. From it came about the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, etc. It worked and it is needed now more than ever.
Problems Facing Children in the USA
Poverty – One in four children live in poverty (16 million children).
Obesity – According to the CDC, in 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Food Insecurity – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, among U.S. households with children under age 18, 79.4 percent were food secure in 2011.
Illiteracy – According to Begin to Read, One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
Violence – Since the Newtown, CT shooting, the public has been focused on violence. President Obama has created a task force to work on gun safety, but there is pressure from the NRA and other groups to curtail any action. Let’s not forget about bullying, abuse and neglect.
Please sign the petition to create a new National Commission on Children and share it with everyone you know. Let’s do all we can to keep our children safe, healthy and happy.
Save the Children is partnering with Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Catholic Charities USA , Child Care Aware® of America, Girls Inc., KaBOOM!, National Association of School Nurses and the YMCA of the USA on the need for the National Commission on Children.
This is not a sponsored post. Information was received by Global Team of 200, of which I am a member. I am happy to share and make a difference.