Leading Senators and Representatives Remind Congress to Remember the Children WASHINGTON, DC – March 6, 2003 – Today hundreds of children's advocates from communities across the United States attended a rally where members of Congress were urged to consider the #1 Question, "Is it good for the children?" before making decisions. To show their support, Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) circulated a letter to their colleagues pledging to always remember to ask themselves this question before making decisions and challenging their colleagues to remember to ask it as well. Today's rally officially kicked off a national campaign by NACCRRA, the Nation's Network of Child Care Resource and Referral, and Partnership for Children to ask members of Congress to consider the impact their decisions have on the nation's children. This campaign is modeled after a highly successful effort in the Kansas City metro area. Polls conducted show that 70% of those surveyed in Greater Kansas City had heard of the #1 Question, and 80% of those said they use the question in their everyday lives. Participants included Congressman Moore (D-KS), Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT), and NACCRRA President Marta Rosa. Rosa drove home the need to always consider the needs of children when she said, "During this difficult time, with the threat of war and the weak economy, there lies the real potential for all of us to be so preoccupied that we overlook the needs of our children. It's more important than ever that we do not shortchange the children, improving their lives today and building a better tomorrow. We must come together as a nation and as a community to ensure this core value remains strong. Working together, we can do it!" In the coming months, Congress will face many trade-offs related to children's programs. Congressman Moore (D-KS) said, "Decisions on critical bills before Congress will have important implications for the future of our children. I can think of no more meaningful area for bipartisan collaboration than the welfare of our children and youth. I believe that if all our decisions are made in the best interests of children, they will be in the best interests of our nation as well." Senator Roberts added, "I am proud to support the #1 Question – ‘Is it good for the children?' Campaign. By asking this simple question, we can help to improve the lives of our children and build a nation where children's needs are a priority." NACCRRA and Partnership for Children offered the following criteria for use when asking the #1 Question: · Does the long-term savings outweigh short-term expense? · Will it improve the cognitive and emotional well being of children? · Is it a step toward ensuring all our children have healthy, safe and productive lives? · Does it recognize there's no greater investment in America than its children? #1 Question – Is it good for the children? Campaign NACCRRA and Partnership for Children have launched a national campaign to ask all adults, including public officials, to consider the impact their decisions have on the nation's children. This campaign is modeled after a highly successful effort in the Kansas City metro area to encourage every individual and organization to ask the #1 Question – "Is it good for the children?" before making any decision. Polls conducted show that 70% of those surveyed in Greater Kansas City had heard of the # 1 Question, and 80% of those said they use the question in their everyday lives. About NACCRRA, the Nation's Network of Child Care Resource and Referral NACCRRA is the lead national organization for a network of nearly 750 child care resource and referral (CCR&R) organizations. NACCRRA has been providing vision, leadership and support for child care resource and referral since its launch in 1987. The national, toll-free Child Care Aware Hotline (1.800.424.2246, www.childcareaware.org) was started in 1992 to provide parent information on child development and local resources for finding child care in communities. NACCRRA has been instrumental in efforts to help CCR&R organizations to harness Internet technologies to advocate for and promote improved awareness of issues of importance to children, child development, and the need for higher quality early learning systems for young children. The network of CCR&R organizations reaches nearly six million families annually through a combination of in-person, telephone and Internet communications. About Partnership for Children Partnership for Children is Greater Kansas City's leading children's advocacy organization. Partnership for Children was created in 1991 to improve conditions for children and youth in Kansas City's five-county metropolitan area. It stands for the principle that children are our most valuable and vulnerable natural resource. One of Partnership for Children's primary responsibilities is to issue the annual Report Card on the Status of Children and Youth in Metro Kansas City. The Report Card measures the progress children in Greater Kansas City are making in 18 benchmark areas in five categories. Grades in each category and an overall grade on children's well being are issued every fall. Partnership for Children works on a wide-range of children's issues, including parent involvement in education and legislative advocacy on behalf of children and youth.