ERIC Number: ED475635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
NH CAN: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together. New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network, 2003 Children's Agenda.
Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, Concord.
Noting that investments in children are often the first casualties of lean state budgets, this advocacy "toolbox" offers information on the most pressing needs of New Hampshire children and on effective solutions. The toolbox begins with information on advocacy and characteristics of an effective child advocate; specifically, an effective advocate knows the issue, builds partnerships, communicates the issue, and uses a "problem-solving" tone in presenting the issue. The toolbox next presents information on the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network (NHCAN), including membership and contact information. Finally, the toolbox details the issues and strategies of the NHCAN children's agenda: (1) support public engagement and legislation to ensure the right of all students to a high-quality public education by using valid and reliable research to assess the cost of constitutionally adequate education at a level which ensures high quality, and fully fund the costs through a sufficient and reliable revenue plan; (2) identify and eliminate barriers to the development of housing affordable to families with children; (3) improve child protection services by achieving national standards and increasing accountability of the Division for Children, Youth and Families; (4) expand New Hampshire's safe school zone law to prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms; (5) ensuring adequate state funding for outreach to, and enrollment of, every eligible child in the New Hampshire Healthy Kids health insurance program, based on current eligibility levels; (6) support efforts to raise the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack and dedicate the additional revenue to a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program and to state-funded programs that meet the health needs of children and families;(7) increase access to health care for children and pregnant women among ethnic or racial minorities; and (8) support legislation and public engagement that strengthens links between parents, early childhood care providers and educators so all children will enter school prepared to meet their full potential. (HTH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Health Insurance, Housing, Objectives, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, School Safety, State Legislation
Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, Two Delta Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Tel: 603-225-2264; Fax: 603-226-7290; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.childrennh.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, Concord.
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire