Jericho, NY - October 29, 2015 - This past Tuesday Step Up For Kids Day’s 8th anniversary was recognized on Long Island. Each year Step Up for Kids Day brings together thousands of everyday people, politicians, advocates and policymakers to show widespread support for investments in children and families. Here on Long Island, Every Child Matters Long Island organized two events to mark the occasion.
The day started with a fruitful listening session at the Oyster Bay offices of NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, Chairman of the State Education Committee, with The Child Care Council of Nassau and Suffolk, Winning Beginnings New York and Every Child Matters LI in attendance. ECM LI Director Shanequa Levin and Glen Cove resident and ECM Advocate Asha Johnson had an opportunity to discuss child related issues with the Senator and to encourage progress at the state level. Regarding Paid Family Leave Insurance Senator Marcellino stated, “If the sponsors from the assembly and senate get together, I believe the two of them could compromise on the bill.”
Later in the day ECM LI partnered with The Association for the Education of Young Children and The Children’s Leadership Council in Islandia to provide an informative talk about work life balance, the family leave act and the importance of early intervention for early childhood learners. “Even if you are not able to be part of these activities, you can still reach out to those that represent you and share your thoughts about kid’s issues. They need you to be their voice.” stated Director Levin. The evening ended with a film, dinner and all in attendance agreeing to speak out on a variety of children’s issues.
These non-partisan events are intended to raise awareness among voters and political candidates about the issues American children face, among them access to early childhood education and after-school programs, poverty, child abuse and neglect and health care. Through business alliances and organizational partnerships, collaborative clusters where everyday people meet at the local level and by providing advocacy opportunities for individuals Every Child Matters LI encourages politicians and voters to act and vote in the best interests of families and children. Children need our help to be heard. Contact Shanequa Levin at 631-885-8044 or on email for more information or to get involved. Be a voice for kids!