Senate, Assembly and Governor Continue Early Childhood Care and Education: The State Assembly proposed $100 million in new funding for Universal Pre-K to to Negotiate New York State Budget address the needs of tens of thousands children who are eligible but not able to access this critical program. The This week, New York State’s Senate and Assembly submitted Assembly’s proposal is in stark contrast to the Governor and their budget resolutions in response to the Governor’s Senate’s disappointing budget proposals that included no new Executive Budget released on January 17, 2006. As expected, funding for Universal Pre-K. More positively, the Senate and the Senate’s and Assembly’s positions on the Governor’s Assembly went against the Governor’s child care proposal and budget proposals were very different from one another. They are advocating for child care funding to come from the Flexible will now work toward reconciling their differences in order to Fund for Family Services. reach an on-time budget before April 1, 2006. The following is a summary of the State Legislature’s budget proposals that Public Assistance: While the Assembly’s budget opposed would directly impact children and low-income families in New the Governor’s proposals for a full-family sanction, the Senate York. CDF-NY will continue to follow the budget negotiation supported the proposal. This sanction withholds an entire process and will keep you informed as the process moves family’s public assistance grant when one adult does not forward. comply with work requirements. This proposal would not only further family instability it unfairly penalizes children for the Child Health: The Assembly proposed very important actions of their parents. simplification measures for Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus B that would help ensure families maintain their health insurance during recertification. The simplification CALL TO ACTION proposals would eliminate documentation requirements and Help make sure our children get a head start! Call the allow families to self-attest to their income and anything that following Senators and tell them to add $100 million for has changed rather than submit documentation, as they do Universal Pre-K to the state budget: Senator Martin currently. The Assembly also proposed that every two years, a Golden (518-455-2730); Senator Frank Padavan (518- more simplified shorter mail-in renewal form be sent to 455-3381); Senator Sephin Maltese (518-455-3281); families. This short form would be even easier to complete and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (518-455- than the current mail-in renewal application. CDF applauds the 3191). Assembly’s commitment to eliminating gaps in coverage by making it easier for families to keep the coverage they need to Then call the following Assembly Members and thank stay healthy and working. them for the new Pre-K funding: Speaker Sheldon Silver (518-455-3791) and Education Chair Cathy The Senate’s public health insurance proposals, on the other Nolan (518-455-4851). hand, were unfortunately more aligned with the Governor’s budget proposals and included the same eligibility and Parents Organize First-Ever Albany coverage changes to the Family Health Plus program. These Advocacy Day proposed changes include an exclusion for workers whose companies have 100 or more employees and a proposal that would allow providers and pharmacists to deny services for On March 14th, more than 2,000 New York City public school patients who cannot afford co-payments. This will create new students, their parents and their teachers joined in Albany to barriers and make it more difficult for parents to access health advocate for change in their school districts. They boarded care. buses just after dawn, ready to remind their representatives that decisions made in Albany are critical to one million New York City schoolchildren. They went prepared to tell their stories of overcrowded schools, buildings in disrepair and nonexistent textbooks — just some of the effects of the Program sponsors will cover travel, lodging, food and medical disastrously inadequate education funding on the part of the insurance expenses. To download an application, go to City and State. www.joveneslidereshispanos.com, or call the Embassy of Spain at (202) 452-0100 for more information. Parents and students met with legislators and their staff to argue their case for funding, at a time when the Assembly and Call for Applications: Young Global Leaders Summit Senate are working to reconcile State budget packages for on the International Criminal Court next year. Parents and teachers demanded that the Governor Where: Yale University, New Haven, CT and the State Legislature provide schools with the court- When: April 15, 2006 ordered dollars won in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision. What: Students and young professionals who wish to make a This significant infusion of capital is necessary to ensure difference in the world are invited to apply for this one-day students the basic education guaranteed by the New York conference. Participants will engage in workshops and State Constitution. discussions aimed at equipping them with the tools to effectively educate and activate their peers to ensure an Their strong showing in Albany reminded those at the Capital effective International Criminal Court. Thanks to generous that New York City public school students, parents and support from the Planethood Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers teachers need to be heard and respected. These parents and Fund, Open Society Institute, Hewlett Foundation and Ford teachers will be monitoring how their legislators stand up for Foundation, the conference (including tuition and meals) is free students and will hold their representatives accountable. for selected students. Visit www.aidemocracy.org/icc.cfm for more information. CDF Opportunity: Become an Emerging Leader SAVE THE DATE The Children’s Defense Fund is seeking applications from 10% for Youth Campaign: March and Rally youth advocates from across the country to become Emerging When: Friday, March 24, 2006, 4:00 – 6:00 pm Leaders. The CDF Emerging Leaders Project fosters the Where: Harlem State Office Building, 125th Street & 7th Avenue growth of a vibrant community of early care and education What: New York State has a $2.4 billion budget surplus. The activists and depends on a commitment to peer-to-peer 10% For Youth Campaign is marching to ensure that 10 learning and support . Each year, a new class of Emerging percent of these dollars go to youth for summer jobs, Leaders is selected through a competitive process. Successful community centers, and youth programs! Join them. For more applicants are dedicated to improving child care, early information, call Directions for Our Youth at (212) 362-4020. education and school-age care policy; are involved in national, Vigil to Save the Children of Immigrants state and/or local advocacy initiatives; and have support from When: Saturday, March 25, 2006, 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. local, state and/or national leaders. Where: 26 Federal Plaza (Subways: 6 to Brooklyn Bridge, N/R to City Hall, 2/3/A/C to Chambers Street) Emerging Leaders attend two retreats throughout the year. The What: Just before new immigration bills go to the Senate floor four-day Fall Institute, held at CDF’s Haley Farm in Clinton, TN, for a final vote, Families For Freedom is organizing a vigil for supports personal reflection, team building and peer-to-peer citizen children affected by their parents’ detention or learning. The Spring Institute offers an opportunity for the deportation to remind lawmakers who they hurt when they whole fellowship network to come together, increase their pass bad laws. If you or your child want to participate, call knowledge and skills and exchange best practices. CDF Prince Brown or Rafaela Lozano at (718) 858-9658 x204 covers the cost of travel, lodging and meals for all participants in the Fall Institute, and scholarships are also available for the Summit on Latino Families Spring Institute. Application packets must be postmarked When: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by April 17, 2006. Visit www.childrensdefense.org to Where: Baruch College, Bldg. H, 151 East 25th Street download an application. For more information, contact Della What: Latino families are facing formidable challenges Hoffman at (202) 662-3509 or firstname.lastname@example.org. including disproportionately high rates of poverty, homelessness, and poor health. Latino children now account OPPORTUNITIES for 35 percent of substantiated child abuse and neglect cases in New York City and 38 percent of the children entering foster Call for Applications: Young Hispanic Leaders Program care. The Summit on Latino Families will bring together a Where: Santander and Madrid, Spain group of Latino service providers, scholars, parents and When: June 22-July 1, 2006 advocates to provide recommendations for enhancing What: The objective of this program is to allow future Hispanic community-based family support services for Latinos leaders from the United States to familiarize themselves throughout New York City. Please contact The Committee for firsthand with Spain’s new political, economic, social and Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. at (212) 206-1090 or cultural environment. All activities will be carried out in email@example.com, or visit www.chcfinc.org for more Spanish, so a good knowledge of Spanish is required. information. 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