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Joint Advocacy

Our collaboration with outside organizations and individuals is critical to the success of our mission. Through joint advocacy, we impact policies by combining our efforts to improve the lives of children.

Statement on Title IV-A proposed funding for FY 2018

July 14, 2017. The Title IV-A Coalition states its appreciation of the House Appropriations LHHS-Ed Subcommittee funding level for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program for FY 2018 but would like to see support for the full authorized amount.

This statement is signed by over 50 members of the Title IV coalition including Committee for Children.

Support programs that affect children’s’ health and well-being

June 29, 2017. Letter spearheaded by the Children’s Budget Coalition to Chair Enzi and Ranking Member Sanders of the Senate Committee on Budget and to Chair Black and Ranking Member Yarmuth of the House Committee on Budget asking them to prioritize federal investment in 5 priority areas that critically affect children’s health and well-being.

The full letter signed by 54 organizations including Committee for Children can be viewed here.

Support for development of SEL standards and indicators in Washington State

June 23, 2017. Letter to all State legislators encouraging support for a budget proviso continuing the work of the SEL Benchmarks group in developing culturally responsive SEL standards and indicators that will improve student outcomes, enhance school and classroom climate and address discipline issues.

Read the full letter here.

Support Title IV Part A of ESSA at the fully authorized amount

June 7, 2017. Title IV, A Coalition spearheaded a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee of Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies to request full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. The program received 25% of its authorized level in FY 2017 which already has constricted school districts and states in their ability to properly and productively allocate funds.

Signed by Title IV, A Coalition members, including 65 national organizations (including Committee for Children) and 80 state organizations.

Read the letter here.

Support Title IV Part A of ESSA at the fully authorized amount

June 7, 2017. The Title IV, A Coalition spearheaded a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of both the House Appropriations Committee and the House Subcommittee of Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies to request full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program. The fiscal year 2017 allocation of $400 million is inadequate and forces school districts to choose between competing programs e.g. music, technology, and SEL thereby limiting student achievement opportunities.

Signed by Title IV, A Coalition members, including 65 national organizations (with Committee for Children) and 80 state organizations.

Read the letter here.

“Dear Colleague” Letter to Support Title IV, Part A at the Appropriated Level for FY 2018

May 25, 2017. Committee for Children joined with other organizations to encourage their members of Congress to sign on to a letter to Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies asking the subcommittee to fully fund Title IV, Part A (the Student Support and Academic Enrichment [SSAE] program) of the Every Student Succeeds Act at its authorized level of $1.6 billion. The SSAE program will enable state and local school districts to provide a number of important services to students including school-based mental health programs, drug and violence prevention programs, physical education programs, social-emotional learning, AP, accelerated learning, art, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.

Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington joined 29 other senators in signing the letter.

Support Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

May 23, 2017. Committee for Children, with members of the Title IV, Part A Coalition, speak out against President Trump’s FY 2018 budget that eliminates funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program within ESSA. The letter calls upon Congress to support students and fund the SSAE program to the full $1.6 billion originally authorized. President Trump’s plan to eliminate this crucial program impacts 90 percent of students and educators who attend public schools in the United States.

This letter was signed by 52 members of the Title IV, Part A Coalition, including Committee for Children.

Read the entire letter here.

Reauthorization of Career and Technical Education (CTE)

May 16, 2017. The reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 will continue to ensure that relevant career skills are taught, creating a competent, socially and emotionally prepared work force. Committee for Children was among organizations and industry leaders that signed a letter to Chairwoman Foxx and Ranking Member Scott from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions urging them to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 that protects CTE programs across the United States and produces employees ready for the 21st century economy. The letter lists several policies that could be used to expand the current law.

This letter was signed by 280 organizations from across the United States including Committee for Children.

Read the full letter here.

Retain the Preschool Suspension and Expulsion Question in the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health

May 11, 2017. Letter sent on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition, to Dominic Mancini, Acting Administrator, Office of Management and Budget, requesting that a critical question on removal from child care or preschool due to behavior issues not be taken out of the National Survey of Children’s Health. The information collected helps to ensure that “early childhood settings are developmentally appropriate and nondiscriminatory.”

The letter was signed by the coalition membership (more than 200 national organizations that promote and protect civil and human rights) and 148 national, state, and local organizations, including Committee for Children.

Retain the Question on Preschool Suspension and Expulsion in the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health

May 11, 2017. Letter sent by Committee for Children to Dominic Mancini, Acting Administrator, Office of Management and Budget; John H. Thompson, Director, U.S. Census Bureau; and Jennifer Jessup, Department of Commerce, requesting that the question on “removal from child care or preschool due to behavior issues” not be removed from the National Survey of Children’s Health.

Read the letter here.

Support, Not Eliminate, Funding for Professional Development

May 10, 2017. Spearheaded by the Title II Coalition, a letter was sent to Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies urging them to fund Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act at its current level of $2.295 billion. In his FY 2018 budget, President Trump had proposed elimination of Title II funds for professional development.

Committee for Children joined 140 organizations in signing this letter.

Increase 302(b) Allocation

May 8, 2017. Committee for Education Funding, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce, and the Coalition for Health Funding spearheaded a letter to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations requesting an increase in 302(b) subcommittee allocation for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations.

Approximately 800 organizations, including Committee for Children, signed this letter.

Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (the Injury Center)

April 30, 2017. Committee for Children joins the Injury and Violence Prevention Network (IVPN) to urge Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to maintain funding levels for the CDC Injury Center. Despite being one of the smallest centers at the CDC, programs administered by the Injury Center are critically important to states in order to make communities safe and lower the 3 million hospitalizations and 192,000 deaths that occur each year due to preventable injuries and violence. The letter outlines the impact of the current spending level as well as the need to increase the funding in the FY 2018 budget.

Committee for Children joins 22 other organizations and coalitions in the Safe States Alliance IVPN.

Read the full letter here.

“Dear Colleague” Letter to Support Title IV, Part A at the Appropriated Level for FY 2018

April 6, 2017. Committee for Children joins with other organizations to encourage members of Congress to sign on to a letter to Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, asking the subcommittee to fully fund Title IV, Part A (the Student Support and Academic Enrichment [SSAE] program) of the Every Student Succeeds Act at its authorized level of $1.6 billion. The SSAE program will enable state and local school districts to provide a number of important services to students including school-based mental health programs, drug and violence prevention programs, physical education programs, social-emotional learning, AP, accelerated learning, art and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.

Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith of Washington joined 100 other House members in signing the letter.

Support for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program (Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA])

April 6, 2017. Committee for Children is committed to ensuring that children and families have access to high-quality education, including summer programs and out of school care provided by the 21st CCLC program. In response to President Trump’s 2017–2018 proposed budget eliminating the 21st CCLC program, this letter urges Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide at least $1.167 billion in funding for Title IV, Part B of ESSA.

Committee for Children joined with 1,453 other local, state, and national organizations in support of the 21st CCLC program in this letter to Congress.

Letter to Washington State House and Senate in Response to Their 2017 Budget Proposals

March 31, 2017. Cradle Through College Coalition, of which Committee for Children is a member, sent letters to House and Senate leadership in response to their respective budget proposals urging them to make stronger investments in high-quality early learning, K–12 education, pathways for postsecondary education, stability for vulnerable students, and building a strong pipeline of education from early childhood to early adulthood.

Letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) About Divestment in Children’s Programs

March 15, 2017. In this letter, the Children’s Budget Coalition, of which Committee for Children is a member, addresses concerns about the president’s proposed FY 2018 Budget Blueprint to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. The proposed divestment in children’s programs outlined in the Budget Blueprint would seriously impact children’s health and well-being. The letter also suggests lifting the budget caps while maintaining parity between defense and nondefense discretionary programs.

The letter was signed by 40 national organizations, including Committee for Children, and provides a listing of eliminated programs and their effect on children’s lives.

Support of Career and Technical Education (CTE)

January 26, 2017. Committee for Children joined a list of organizations, including leaders in the global economy, to ask the House CTE Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives Thompson and Langevin and the Senate CTE Caucus Co-Chairs, Senators Kaine and Portman, to support the bipartisan bill H.R. 5587 which would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and fully fund CTE. High-quality CTE programs that include social-emotional learning (SEL) are critical to meeting the needs of the 21st century economy. Perkins-funded CTE programs are in every state and every congressional district in the United States.

Committee for Children joined 89 other organizations including national business leaders in a call for Congress to fund CTE.

Read the full letter here.

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