The Vote for Kids Campaign works to put young people at the top of the public agenda in local, state, and national elections. The Vote for Kids fact sheet series is a resource for voters, providing information about key issues impacting children and youth.
75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality, and social skills develop before age five – before a child ever steps foot in Kindergarten. Those first 2,000 days of a child’s life – from birth to Kindergarten entry – are critically important and impact their success in school and in life.
Living in poverty, even for a short period of time, has life-long consequences for a child. Childhood poverty increases the risk of having poor health, dropping out of school, becoming a teen parent, and living in poverty as an adult. In addition, children in poverty are more likely to be involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems
Home visiting programs report a variety of positive outcomes including healthier birth outcomes, lower incidence of abuse or neglect, and better school readiness. Only a limited number of families that could benefit from support receive services they need because of funding limitations of current Westchester programs.
New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety.