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- Fred Rogers, television personality

Monroe County Prepares for Vote on 2020 Budget

For 18 years running, The Children's Agenda has analyzed the impact of Monroe County's budget on critical services for children and families. In 2020's budget, we are concerned about the troubling upward trend of increased CPS reports and foster care placements, but pleased with increased funding of service coordinators for developmental services for children.  Among our priority recommendations for 2020 and beyond:

  1. Improve collaborative problem solving, service delivery, and cross-sector planning through increased public transparency.
  2. Maximize County expenditures that leverage federal, state, and private dollars.
  3. Focus on prevention, not remediation.
  4. Lead inter-municipal and public/private partnerships.
  5. Reverse decades of inequitable policy with a thorough racial equity impact analysis of County spending.

Watch for our 2020 budget report, to be released later this week.  Read our earlier reports here.

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BLOG - Improve Child Outcomes & Reduce Poverty by Expanding Tax Credits for Low-Income Families

Tax policy is seen as dry and abstract to many people, but actually has an enormous impact on the lives of people in our community.   READ MORE >>>

State of Our Children Report Card Released!

ROC the Future released its annual Report Card. Read it to learn about the current state of school readiness, early grade literacy, and high school graduation. Supporting the success of Rochester's children takes the entire community.

Raising New York

The Children’s Agenda is excited to help lead Raising New York, a diverse statewide coalition of parent, early childhood, education, civil rights, business, and health organizations dedicated to improving programs, services, and policies for children pre-natal to 3. 
Research shows that investments in high-quality early childhood programs strengthens families, results in students being more likely to graduate from high school and college, and makes communities safer.
Raising New York aims to change that. 

Walk in my shoes poverty simulation

CCSI and RIT partnering on Poverty Simulation - Jan. 11th

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