Twitter and Facebook are a-buzz with “Fiscal Cliff” information. Specifically for me it has to do with Education and Child Care. As a follow up to the last post I wanted to share with you some additional information and resources in regard to the cliff and our nation’s children.
Articles from around web about the ficsal cliff and our children
- Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Fiscal Cliff webinar on Friday the 12th presented by Grace Reef and Child Care Aware of America.
- Our Children Need a Budget Compromise Today is an article in the Huffington Post by the CEO and Co-Founder of Stand for Children, Jonah Edelman. He points out if we go over this “cliff” there will be four billion dollars automatically slashed from education programs. With personal stories he points out that:
- $590 million from Head Start;
- $978 million cut from special education students; and
- $1.1 billion in line to be cut from Title 1 funds.
- Fiscal Cliff Would Hurt Young Children, Advocates Warn another article from the Huffington post pointing out that children end up getting lost in the shuffle during congressional negotiations. It also goes into detail about the impact of cutting the programs that provide low income young children any sort of advantage.
- Fiscal Cliff: How Are Impact-Aid Districts Preparing for Education Cuts? is a post by Alyson Klein in Education Week. The blog discusses what “Impact Aid” is and how this particular cut will take immediate affect should the sequestration occur.
- The Education Advocates' Battle Cry: "Let's Push the Kids Off the Fiscal Cliff!" This is a very opinionated and different take on what education advocates should be asking for. A short history of what has happened and been asked for as well as numbers such as “Every $7 spent on seniors $1 is spent on children
- Fiscal Cliff and Funding Cuts: Overview by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child
- A Roadmap to the Upcoming Federal Budget Debates is an article published by the National Women’s Law Center and provides background, timeline, general information and a proposal for a budget that will work for women and families.
If you want to take action, these are some resources for you
- NAEYC: Fiscal Cliff and Funding Cuts
- Join Senator Mikulski – Any Budget Deal Should Put Children First is a blog post written by Child Care Aware of America’s Grace Potter. She discusses the letter that the Senator is circulating in order to put children first. There are also some interesting statistics about children’s welfare in the United States.
- A Teachable Moment is a blog post by the First Five Fun explaining that it is time we educate our representatives about what is at stake. They have put together these fantastic infographics to help send the message of the importance of early education.
- Do Something Now: The Fiscal Cliff and Child Care
- This is a tweet circulating from the Food Research and Action Center about cutting SNAP
Just For Fun
Keepin' it light
- The Onion's Plan For Solving The Fiscal Cliff Crisis : to lighten the mood, some silly suggestions for solving the problems of the Fiscal Cliff. You can always count on the Onion to make light of a serious situation.
Child Care Aware of America. (2012, December 13). Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Fiscal Cliff? Retrieved from Lunch and
Learn Webinar Series: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/994605010
Edelman, J. (2012, 12 12). Our Children Need a Budget Compromise Today. Retrieved from Huffington
Post Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonah-edelman/fiscal-cliff-education_b_2285134.html
First Five Years Fund. (2012, 12 11). A Teachable Moment. Retrieved from First Five Years
Hess, R. (2012, 12 10). The Education Advocates' Battle Cry: "Let's Push the Kids Off The Fiscal Cliff!". Retrieved from
Rick Hess Straight Up: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2012/12/the_education_advocates_battle_cry_lets_push_the_kids_off
Klein, A. (2012, 12 10). Fiscal Cliff: How Are Impact-Aid Districts Preparing for Education Cuts? Retrieved from
Education Weeks Blogs>Politics K-12: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/12/fiscal_cliff_how_are_impact_ai.html
Knafo, S., & Resmovits, J. (2012, 12 11). Fiscal Cliff Would Hurt Young Children, Advocates Warn. Retrieved
from Huff Post, Education: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/fiscal-cliff-children_n_2279687.html
National Association for Education of the Young Child. (2012). Fiscal Cliff and Funding Cuts.
Retrieved from NAEYC: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/fiscal_cliff
National Association for the Education of the Young Child. (2012). Fiscal Cliff and Funding Cuts: Overview.
Retrieved from NAEYC: http://www.naeyc.org/polic/fiscal_cliff/overview
National Women's Law Center. (2012, 11 7). Roadmap to the Upcoming Federal Budget Debates. Retrieved from
National Women's Law Center: http://www.nwlc.org/resource/roadmap-upcoming-federal-budget-debates
Reef, G. (2012, 12 9). Join Senator Mukulski - Any Budget Deal Should Put Children First. Retrieved from Child Care
Aware of America: http://policyblog.usa.childcareaware.org/2012/12/09/join-senator-mikulski-any-budget-deal-should-put-children-first/
The Onion. (2012, 12 10). The Onion's Plan for Solving the Fiscal Cliff Crisis. Retrieved from The Onion, America's
Finest News Source: http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onions-plan-for-solving-the-fiscal-cliff-crisi,30677/?ref=auto