CEO Blog: July 2014

Reveal Event is Opportunity to Experience Commitments during Cutting-Edge Simulcast

We could have sent a brochure and called it a day. We could have asked you to read this information from our website. … more

Cheer to a Focus on All Children Getting Healthy and Nurturing Start in Life

Green Bay, Wisconsin, isn't just known for the Packers!

I must begin this post by admitting to be a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. As a former cheerleader (yes, I know that surprises those of you who know me), my family hates watching games with me because I am always jumping up and down cheering on my favorite football team.

I now have another reason to cheer on Green Bay. It is the collective impact strategy fostered and led by the local United Way that has the community—across disciplines and sectors—focused on making sure all children through age 5 get a healthy and nurturing start in life through strong families and are developmentally ready for kindergarten!  … more

Guest Post: Alliance Staff, Members Educate Senate Caucus on Child Welfare System Focused on Child Well-Being

Katherine Astrich, senior vice president of public policy and mobilization, provides this guest post after attending an important meeting with a critical U.S. Senate caucus with several Alliance members.

Last week, the Alliance for Children and Families met with the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. As caucus members and other senators formulate and discuss proposals to reform long overdue child welfare system financing, their staffs have decided to spend the summer deepening their understanding of the intricacies of the current system and its history, challenges, and options for improvement. … more

50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act Tells us to Push Conversations on Equity

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2 of that year, it signified more than establishing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to address race and sex discrimination in employment and a Community Relations Service to help local communities solve racial disputes.

Rather, the Civil Rights Act meant much more than authorizing federal intervention to ensure desegregation in public spheres and erasing voter inequity. It actually meant a giant step forward for all of humanity to consider their own ideas, thoughts, actions, and behaviors of how they viewed their fellow cohorts in the face of race, gender, socioeconomic status, disability and handicap, and sexual orientation. … more

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