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This week, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national, bipartisan children’s advocacy group, recognized Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, as a “Champion for Children” for her leadership on issues important to children during the 112th Congress (2011-12).
This is the third year in a row that Capps has been recognized.
“Investments in our children are investments in our future,” Capps said. “That means ensuring they have access to quality health care and education, safe places to live, and access to opportunities to help them now and as they grow. And these investments have a ripple effect, strengthening families and engaging communities.
Today, the national fiscal situation is arguably as daunting as it was in the 80's. And it is even more so for children. According to a recent poll by First Focus Campaign for Children, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that children's lives are worse off now than they were 10 years ago and only 20 percent think that children are better off. Six million children under the age of six are living in poverty -- in families struggling to make ends meet with annual incomes under $24,000 for a family of four.
Congressmember Joe Crowley (D-Queens, The Bronx) recently received the 2012 Defender of Children Award from the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national, bipartisan children’s advocacy organization. Crowley was selected for his commitment to advocating on behalf of children in policy and budget decisions. This is the second consecutive year Crowley has received this award.
“I am honored to be recognized by the First Focus Campaign for Children for my efforts to help our nation’s children. As a father of three, I know just how important it is to set a solid foundation for our children. The sad reality is too many kids are living without the basics – good nutrition, health care and access to education – they need and deserve to start off on the right foot,” Crowley said. “That’s why I have made helping children a focus of my work in Congress and will continue to do so. We must do all we can to build a brighter future for children in New York City and across the country.”
Last week, Congresswoman Lois Capps was named a ‘Champion for Children’ by the national children’s advocacy group First Focus Campaign for Children for her history of prioritizing education during her career.
Capps, who represents the 23rd congressional district, was honored alongside 49 other congressional members for her work in sponsoring pro-education legislation, marking 2012 as her third year receiving the recognition. Each year, First Focus selects 50 senators and representatives as Champions for Children and 50 other policymakers as Defenders of Children to recognize their roles in improving education and other sectors that directly affect the nation’s youth.
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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-3, was named a Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national, bipartisan children’s advocacy group.
Congresswoman DeLauro was recognized for her leadership on issues important to children during the 112th Congress (2011-2012). ...
The bipartisan First Focus Campaign for Children is recognizing Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) as a 2012 Champion for Children, based on her legislative agenda that prioritizes the needs of children and youth locally, nationally and globally. “I am truly honored to receive this recognition,” Lee said. ...
Senior Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was named a Champion for Children by First Focus Campaign for Children on Wednesday. The children's advocacy group lauded the Senator's work on legislation to protect children from abuse, provide healthcare to uninsured children and increase funding for early childhood education and nutrition programs.
“When it comes to their health, safety, and well-being, children should be priority number one for all of us,” the Senator said.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, was named a 2012 Champion of Children this week by the First Focus Campaign for Children. The campaign is a national bipartisan children's advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.
"I am honored to be a 2012 Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children," Stark said. "The only way our nation will thrive is if we invest in our children. Right now, only 8 percent of the federal budget is invested in kids. We need to change our priorities and make sure that all children are safe, healthy and have access to a great education. I will keep working with First Focus and others to strengthen families and protect programs that protect kids."
According to a release issued by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, First Focus Campaign for Children has named her a “Champion for Children.”
“Investing in our children is really investing in our future,” DeLauro said in a release. “Pre-K education, Pell Grants, the National School Lunch Program, access to affordable child care and the Child Tax Credit make a real difference in the lives of millions of children and their parents. We should continue to enhance these kinds of targeted efforts that make a lifetime of difference and provide better opportunities for children. I want to thank the First Focus Campaign for Children for this recognition and all the great work they do advocating for children across this nation.”
U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott has been named a Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children.
The nonprofit organization focuses on children's health, education, child safety and more, according to its website. It recognizes senators and congressmen who “introduced, co-sponsored and voted for legislation that would best meet the needs of children.”