Step Up For Kids!

September 19, 2011

Each year, Step Up for Kids brings together thousands of people to show widespread support for investments in children and families.  Participants include child advocates, politicians, parents and kids. Events across the states raise awareness among voters and political candidates regarding the issues American children face, among them access to early care and learning and after-school programs, poverty, child abuse and neglect and health care. Spearheaded by Every Child Matters in Washington, D.C., Step Up for Kids day will be entering its fourth year in 2011.

Step Up events have ranged from rallies and family-friendly festivals to candidate forums and press conferences. All have included speakers who addressed the needs of children both nationwide and in their own state – professionals who work with children regularly – politicians, teachers, nurses, pediatricians, social workers and others. The idea is to educate those in attendance about just how poorly American children fare when compared to other rich democracies and how it is up to the government, both federal and state, to step up and invest in kids.

For more information on the event, check out the event page.