Sign-On Letters

One of the many ways we make our voice heard in support of our advocacy efforts is by adding our name to sign-on letters that either we or coalition partners write. These letters are sent to legislators to educate them about a topic at hand and to influence their decisions on matters that would help improve the lives of children. Take a look at our growing list of the issues we back!

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Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019 Endorsement

September 17, 2019. A sign-on endorsement of the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019 to protect all students in grades K-12 from bullying and to improve school climate as well as health and education outcomes for all students.

Read the full letter here.

Letter to the Senate HELP Committee to Recommend SEL for a Violence Prevention Strategy

September 4, 2019. A letter to Chairman Alexandar and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in response to an open request for suggestions on how to prevent the next mass shooting and to develop safer school environments.

Read the full letter here.

Letter to Congress Regarding the Treatment of Children at U.S.-Mexico Border

August 21, 2019. A letter signed by over 200 organizations committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, in response to the abusive and abhorrent treatment of children at the United States border.

Read the full letter here.

Dear Colleague Letter to Endorse the Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Act

August 2019. An endorsement of Congressman Ryan and Congresswoman Beutler’s Dear Colleague Letter in regard to the Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Act to empower schools and cut back on chronic absenteeism.

Read the full letter here.

Sign-On Regarding Title IV-A, 302(b) allocation

August 6, 2019. A letter to Senators Shelby, Leahy, Blunt, and Murray to urge an increase of the 302(b) allocation for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS-Ed) Subcommittee FY 2020 appropriations bill by at least its proportional share of the additional spending under H.R. 3877.

Read the full letter here.

Support for Full and Timely Funding for U.S. Census Bureau in FY 2020 Sign-On

July 30, 2019. A letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy on behalf of the Children’s Budget Coalition to urge support of fully and timely funding for the U.S. Census Bureau in FY 2020.

Read the full letter here.

Sign-On Letter Urging House-Passed Census Funding Exempt from Caps

July 30, 2019. A letter to leadership to fund the Census Bureau at the House-passed levels and to use the current negotiations around the budget caps to ensure those dollars are exempt from the caps.

Read the full letter here.

Support for Bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus Sign-On

July 26, 2019. A letter to Representatives McAdams and Walorski to express strong support of the new bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus.

Read the full letter here.

Support the New Bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus Sign-On

July 25, 2019. A letter to Representatives McAdams and Walorski in support of their new bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus. This new Caucus will help ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are invested as effectively and efficiently as possible to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities nationwide.

Support for RISE from Trauma Act Sign-On

July 22, 2019. A letter to Senators Durbin, Moore-Capito, Duckworth, Murkowski and Representatives Davis and Gallagher to thank them for introducing the bipartisan RISE from Trauma Act.

Read the full letter here.

National Child Abuse Coalition Sign-On Letter Regarding CAPTA Funding

May 2019. A letter on behalf of the undersigned organizations to request substantial increases in federal funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)—specifically, $500 million for Title I and $500 million for Title II.

Sign-On Letter to House Members: Support Investments in SEL

June 11, 2019. Letter to the House of Representatives in support of an unprecedented proposed federal investment in SEL. The letter includes over 100 organizations with representation from at least 18 states signed. This effort is complemented by an action alert that individuals (rather than organizations) can take and is part of Committee for Children’s multifaceted federal advocacy activity.

Read the full letter here.

FY20 House LHHS-Ed Title IV-A Funding Press Statement

April 30, 2019. On behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV-A Coalition, we offer the following response to the House’s FY 2020 LHHS-Ed appropriations bill, which includes $1.32 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Read the full letter here.

Public Comment to the U.S. Department of Education

April 29, 2019. Public comment to Stephanie Valentine, PRA Clearance Coordinator, U.S. Department of Education on the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study.

Read the full letter here.

Appropriations Sign-On Letter for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program

April 10, 2019. Letter to Chairman Blunt, Ranking Member Murray, Chairwoman DeLauro, and Ranking Member Cole, on behalf of 76 organizations in support of $14.5 million in funding for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program.

Read the full letter here.

NDD Community Sign-On Calling for a Bipartisan Deal to Raise the Caps

April 2, 2019. Letter to urge Members of Congress to take immediate steps to negotiate a new budget agreement that averts critical non-defense discretionary cuts and provides funding for new investments that our economy needs.

Read the full letter here.

FY20 LHHS-Ed Appropriations for CDC Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Research Funding

March 22, 2019. Letter to Charis Lowey and Shelby, and Ranking Members Granger and Leahy to request the inclusion of $10 million in new funding for the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that would include research focused efforts on interventions for child sexual abuse prevention in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Read the full letter here.

FY20 and FY21 Spending Caps Title IV A Coalition Sign-On Letter

February 25, 2019. Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Republican Leader McConnell, and Leader Shumer to urge passage of legislation that would waive the Budget Control Act’s FY20 and FY21 spending caps and establish new overall spending caps for adequate investments in K-12 education programs.

Read the full letter here.

Joint Letter on 2014 Discipline Guidance Rescission

January 24, 2019. Letter to Secretary DeVos and Acting Attorney General Whitaker to express concern regarding the rescission of the 2014 School Discipline Guidance.

Read the full letter here.

The Leadership Conference Joint School Discipline Guidance Package Rescission Sign-On Letter

January 10, 2019. Letter to Secretary DeVos, Acting Attorney General Whitaker, Assistant Secretary Marcus, and Assistant Attorney General Dreiban to express opposition to the rescission of the January 8, 2014 joint school discipline guidance package, including the “Joint Dear Colleague on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline,” and to urge immediately recommitment from the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to vigorous enforcement of our civil rights laws and to a meaningful response to racial discrimination in school discipline.

Read the full letter here.

Thank You Letter Sign-On for Child Trauma Provisions in Opioid Legislation

October 18, 2018. Letter to Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Senator Heitkamp, and Senator Durbin on behalf of the millions of children and families that the undersigned organizations serve and represent to thank the legislators for their support of the trauma provisions included in the bipartisan Opioid legislation recently signed into law.

Read the full letter here.

The Children’s Budget Coalition Sign-On Appropriation 302(b)

August 10, 2018. Letter to Senators Shelby and Leahy and Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey asking to enable continued investment in children by providing the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H), Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS), and Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (Ag-FDA) spending bills with robust and proportionate funding allocations during conference. These spending bills support the overwhelming majority of discretionary programs benefitting children and families.

Sign-On Letter to Senate HELP: Reauthorization of CTE Act

June 25, 2018. Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, on behalf of 445 sign-on members. The letter addresses swift, bipartisan action on the reauthorization of the Carl. D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE), because an update to the legislation is crucial to helping our nation’s students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace.

Read the full letter here.

Letter from CFC and CASEL to Rep. Danny Davis

June 19, 2018. Letter to Illinois Representative Danny Davis to improve trauma support services and mental health care for youth in educational settings. This new grant program at the US Department of Education would provide five-year grants to states, school districts, and Indian tribes to increase student access to trauma support services and mental health care by linking school systems with clinical providers.

Statement on the Title IV-A Coalition

June 14, 2018. Statement published on behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV-A Coalition, offering a response to the House’s FY 2019 LHHS-Ed appropriations bill, which includes $1.2 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program.

Sign-On Letter to Senate HELP: Career Technical Education Act

June 13, 2018. Sign-on letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, to reauthorize the CTE Act. Updating this legislation would be crucial to helping our nation’s students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace.

Letter to LHHS Subcommittee: Funding for Title II FY19

May 3, 2018. Letter to LHHS Subcommittee within the Senate Committee on Appropriations, addressing Chairmen Roy Blunt and Tom Cole as well as Ranking Members Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro. This letter urges Congress to continue support for funding for Title II FY19. This support would be seen through increasing the investment to its fully authorized level of $2.295 billion.

Letter to Senate HELP from CASEL and CFC: Opioid Bill Support

April 20, 2018. Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, from both Committee for Children as well as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). This letter addresses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, supporting access to evidence-based trauma support services and mental health services to kids who have been affected by substance abuse.

Letter to Senate HELP from NCAC: Increasing Program Grants

April 11, 2018. Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, on behalf of the National Child Abuse Coalition, which includes CFC. This letter encourages an increase in the authorization level for important grants to $200 million to allow the expansion of programs that meet the needs of more children and families.

Letter to Senate HELP from NCAC: Opioid Crisis

April 11, 2018. Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee concerning the Opioid Crisis Response Act, on behalf of the National Child Abuse Coalition (NCAC). The NCAC expresses support and commends efforts by the Committee in seeking comprehensive and bipartisan solutions in allocating needed resources in combating the crisis that is the opiate epidemic.

Read the full letter here.

Letter to Betsy DeVos: School Discipline

March 22, 2018. Letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, expressing support for the January 8, 2014, joint school discipline package while also opposing any changes or rescission.

Statement on the Title IV-A Coalition

March 21, 2018. Statement published on behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV-A Coalition, offering the following response to FY18 Omnibus, which includes $1.1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Sign-On Letter: Afterschool Alliance Calling for Funding

February 23, 2018. Sign-on letter through the Afterschool Alliance concerning the president’s FY19 budget proposal calling for the elimination of afterschool funding for 1.7 million students. This letter calls for funding of $1.3 billion for 21st CCLC within the FY19 House and Senate spending bills, and for the subcommittees to finish up FY18.

Letter to Senate HELP from CASEL: Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

February 21, 2018. Letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and to members of the Committee from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). This letter was written with CASEL to strengthen and expand teacher preparation programs that embed training on social-emotional learning, trauma-informed approaches, and non-exclusionary behavior management practices to teacher candidates.

Letter to LHHS Subcommittee: Evidence-Based Practices

January 26, 2018. Letter to LHHS Subcommittee within the Senate Committee on Appropriations, addressing Chairmen Roy Blunt and Tom Cole as well as Ranking Members Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro. This letter expresses support for the promotion and use of evidence-based practices in schools through publicly-available, user-friendly tools.

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-A 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 five 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 Chairs and Ranking Members 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 percent 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 (with 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 Chairs and Ranking Members 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, such as 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 of the 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, and courses in art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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 and members of the Title IV-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 affects 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-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 and 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 & 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, US 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, the Injury Center administers programs that 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, and courses in art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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 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 affect 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.