E-newsletter Fall 2012

September 6, 2012

Freedom Schools® expand to reduce summer learning loss for hundreds of children

Nearly 300 more children participated in CDF-MN Freedom Schools this year with three additional sites participating in this summer literacy program that helps overcome summer learning loss. In total, 700 children were served in 2012 at nine metro locations.

Minnesota leading the way in addressing child homelessness

Legislation passed last session will put Minnesota in the forefront of states seeking to improve the life trajectory of some of the state’s most vulnerable children—those experiencing homelessness. Staff from CDF-MN and the Family Housing Fund will be supporting a work group composed of legislators, gubernatorial appointed members and Children’s Cabinet staff as designated in the authorizing legislation. The work group recommendations on improving the well-being of homeless children are due to the Legislature and Governor in December.

Vote for children!

The leaders we elect this fall will have a major impact on the public policies that determine children’s future well-being. Here are some ways you can help elect leaders who put the needs of children first.

CDF national conference sparks a movement for change

More than 3,200 individuals from across the country came together in Cincinnati at the CDF national conference to address critical issues facing children and the poor in our communities.  Participants were provided tools and resources to return home and create a movement of support for children among their family, friends, campuses and congregations. Over 100 people attended the conference from Minnesota, 65 of whom were young adults ages 18 to 30 representing community based action teams.

Children see increased health care access and coverage under MinnesotaCare and the Affordable Care Act

Nearly 16,000 children who were without health insurance are now able to enroll in MinnesotaCare, thanks to newly implemented eligibility changes. These changes come in the wake of increased access and affordability for more than half a million Minnesota children made possible as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Energize your faith community with a Children's Sabbath this Fall

Download the 2012 Children's Sabbath® manual, a multi-faith resource for year-round child advocacy.

Adverse experiences in early childhood common to many adults

Many adults are dealing with chronic health problems—mental and physical –that have roots in early childhood. Researchers working in the area of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have developed a way to measure an individual’s ACEs and relate them to their well-being as adults. This research is part of the large body of evidence informing CDF-MN’s Zero to Three: Policy to Research Project.

2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Children Across Minnesota

For families in Greater Minnesota, it’s a story of access and affordability

Families in Greater Minnesota often face major obstacles to meeting their children’s basic needs, according to the latest Kids Count report. Compared to families in metropolitan areas, lower incomes and fewer job benefits, as well as less access to services, may affect some children’s capacity to reach their full potential in adulthood. See county-by-county data.

Did you know?

Children born into the highest income areas in the Twin Cities are projected to live eight years longer than those born into the poorest communities. According to updated report, The Unequal Distribution of Health, released by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and Wilder Research.

Be Careful What You Cut

Cutting children from the budget now will cost us later. This campaign is about bringing the real dangers of cutting child investments into sharp focus to build the public will and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts. It’s a simple calculation, really. Protect now or pay later.  Publish to your Facebook timeline.

Director's Note

by Amy Crawford, CDF-Minnesota Regional Director