“What’s Happening and What’s Next for Kids” was the theme of a legislative breakfast briefing held in Jacksonville April 27 by The Children’s Campaign. Campaign founder and president Roy Miller provided an update on legislative budget issues impacting children and challenged the 100 attendees to hold lawmakers accountable for proposed cuts in prevention, juvenile justice and education programs. State House and Senate conference committees begin meeting this week to finalize the 2011-2012 budget.
The non-partisan advocacy group focuses on an agenda of 5 Promises to Children. Promise 1 highlights maternal and child health care needs in the state, including Healthy Start, KidCare and access to prenatal care.
Coalition members Karen Wolfson, Joy Burgess and Jeff Goldhagen, and staff participated in the meeting. The briefing was sponsored by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Community Foundation and the Chartrand Foundation.