Child Advocates Urged to Make Their Case

Publication: WXXI (Rochester, NY)

10/16/2008 - The economy may be weak, but the Rochester Children's Agenda says that's even more reason to invest in young people.

The Rochester youth advocacy agency brought government and business leaders together this morning to hear from Sara Watson. She's Director of the Partnership for America's Economic Success—and Senior Officer for State Policy Initiatives with The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Watson says agencies working on behalf of children may see declining government support and private donations. But she says this should be an opportunity to tighten their focus. Watson says a number of independent studies have shown that children do better when they and their families get early support with health care and parenting skills. They also do better the earlier they start learning, so Watson says pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs are important.

Read the full article Child Advocates Urged to Make Their Case on WXXI's Web site.

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