Children's Leadership Council News Conference

March 09, 2011

Groups to Tell Congress and the White House That Continuing Resolution Cuts Would Harm Hundreds of Thousands of America's Children and Youth

Kisha Bird, project director at CLASP, will speak during the Children's Leadership Council news conference March 9 at 10 a.m. ET at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bird will discuss how the House-passed Continuing Resolution will affect youth education, employment and training programs. While the economy may be recovering for some, there are very few job openings relative to the number of unemployed and youth unemployment rates stand at an astounding 24.1 percent for youth ages 16-19 and 16.1 percent for youth ages 20-24. She will discuss the impact of disinvesting in programs for these numbers and youth.

The CLC news conference will bring together nearly 60 leading children, youth and family organizations to detail the devastating national and state-by-state harms of the proposed cuts to child- and family-focused programs and services, with a special focus on programs including: Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, maternal and child health, school-based health clinics, Community Services Block Grant, low-income home heating assistance, Pell grants, and Youth Employment, Education and Training.

Other speakers include:

  • Matthew Melmed, chair, Children's Leadership Council and executive director, ZERO TO THREE;
  • Michael Petit, president, Every Child Matters Education Fund;
  • Bill Bentley, president & CEO, Voices for America's Children

A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available afterwards at as of 3 p.m. ET on March 9.


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