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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 3 others

Tell NC Legislature and Congress: Protect Investments in Children's Health, Safety and Education

401
Supporters

North Carolina has long made smart, critical investments in programs that protect children's basic health, safety and education. Times are tough this year, and difficult choices must be made, but we cannot balance the state's budget on the backs of our children.

North Carolina needs a balanced approach to the budget. The NC state legislature and Congress must protect key programs and services that keep our children healthy and safe, including health insurance, infant mortality prevention programs, community-based services for at-risk youth, and early education.

Health insurance means access to health care, which means well-child visits instead of costly emergency room visits. Prevention and intervention services for at-risk youth result in less crime and create productive citizens instead of criminals. High quality early education builds children's brains, which means higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates.

These days you hear a lot of politicians saying, "Governments need to budget like families do." We couldn't agree more. Families budget by putting the health, safety, and future of their children first. Funds used to protect our children are critical today and also an investment in our state's future. Tell the NC legislature and the US Congress to protect our investments by funding these critical services for all our children.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
North Carolina State House
and 1 other
North Carolina State Senate
I am a constituent, and I urge you to prioritize children in the state budget.

North Carolina and America have long made smart, critical investments in programs that protect children's basic health, safety and education. Times are tough this year, and difficult choices must be made, but we cannot balance the state's budget on the backs of our children. We need a balanced approach to the budget.

As budget discussions proceed, we must protect key programs and services that keep our children healthy and safe, including health, early education, and services for at-risk youth.

Health insurance means access to health care, which means well-child visits instead of costly emergency room visits. High quality early education stimulates children's brains, which means higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates. Prevention and intervention services for at-risk youth -- available in the juvenile system, not the adult system -- result in less crime and create productive citizens.

I urge you to protect our investments by funding these critical services for all our children.

At the state level:
-Health Choice health insurance for children
-Infant Mortality Prevention Funding, including the ECU High Risk Maternity clinic, the Safe Sleep campaign, progesterone for women at-risk of pre-term births and the folic acid campaign
-Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) Funding
-Early Education funding, including Smart Start, More at Four and Child Care Subsidies

At the federal level:
-Health funding, including the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, WIC and Community Health Centers
-Early Education funding, including Head Start/ Early Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant

These days you hear a lot of politicians saying, "Governments need to budget like families do." I couldn't agree more. Families budget by putting the health, safety, and future of their children first. Funds used to protect our children are critical today and also an investment in our state's future. I urge you to take a balanced approach to the budget to protect our long-term investments.