UPDATE: Step Up for Children at Rain Location

STEP UP 2009 WILL BE HELD AT THE RAIN LOCATION: NC Association of Educators auditorium, 700 S. Salisbury Street, downtown Raleigh.

Action for Children North Carolina and more than 30 co-sponsors including the North Carolina Pediatric Society, the North Carolina Partnership, Inc. (Smart Start), the North Carolina Association of Educators and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina announce the following event.
 
What: Step Up and Act for Children 2009 — children’s performances and speakers calling for more federal investment in child health and early education
 
When: Monday, October 5, 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Children’s performance groups (11:30-11:50) will include:
 Hunter Elementary School show choir (5th graders)
Hunter Elementary School advanced orchestra (5th graders)

Press event speakers  (11:50-12:20) will include:

  • Marian F. Earls, M.D., President, North Carolina Pediatric Society
  • Stephanie Fanjul, President of the N.C. Partnership for Children, Inc (Smart Start)
  • Worth Hill, Durham County Sheriff
  • Felicia Willems, mother and advocate for children

Rain location: N.C. Association of Educators, 700 S. Salisbury Street

Why: Calling on federal officials to make children’s health and early education more of a priority.

Child advocates across the country are planning nonpartisan events on Capitol steps the first week in October to call on federal elected officials to make children’s issues a higher priority. Action for Children and partners will be calling on our leaders to commit to increased investments in children’s health and early education.
 
Media is invited to cover the event. It is suggested that you arrive by 11:15.

Full list of co-sponsors:
North Carolina Pediatric Society, Covenant with North Carolina’s Children, The North Carolina Partnership, Inc. (Smart Start), N.C. Health Access Coalition, N.C. Education and Law Project, North Carolina Association of Educators, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, United Way of North Carolina, The Mental Health Association in North Carolina, The Arc of North Carolina, Children and Family Services Association-N.C., IDA and Asset Building Collaborative of N.C., North Carolina Bankers Association, National Association of Social Workers – N.C. Chapter, Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending, El Pueblo, Goldsboro Pediatrics, The Arc of Wake County, Wake County Smart Start, Haven House, Council for Children’s Rights, Youth Homes, Inc., Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, Alexander Youth Network, Forsyth Futures, Smart Start of Forsyth County, Youth Opportunities, Inc., Children’s Law Center of Central N.C., Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County, Rainbo Renaissance Creative Solutions, Durham’s Partnership for Children, Guilford Education Alliance, Down East Partnership for Children, Appalachian Family Innovations.

 

   

Background on national Step Up:
With 14 million children living in poverty, 7 million without health insurance and 3 million reported abused or neglected in the U.S., the Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF) has sponsored the annual “Step Up for Kids” week, giving organizations and individuals a chance to celebrate their children while at the same time calling for solutions to the issues confronting them. According to the ECMEF-published Homeland Insecurity (3rd edition, 2009), the U.S. has the worst child poverty rate among 24 rich countries. Our infant mortality rate is more than double that of Japan’s. While 100 percent of France’s three- to five- year-olds are in early learning programs, only 65 percent of U.S. benefit from such learning-readiness programs.

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