Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Voices For Ga's Children Launching Coalition to Support 0-5 Priorities

The leadership team of the newly instituted Georgia Birth to Five Coalition (GB5) has set a preliminary agenda around budget, legislation and advocacy priorities supporting the state's youngest children, intending to push the group from incubation stages to a fully engaged alliance.

Voices began pulling the coalition together nearly a year ago as a vehicle for building consensus among the state's advocates, policymakers and legislators around commitments to bolster support for children in the critical 0 - 5 age group, as outlined in its Compounding Interest report from 2008. The angenda drafted by the leadership team is intended to target specific policy objectives with which a variety of organizations can find commonality.

On matters of budget, GB5 calls for supporting Gov. Perdue's FY 2009 and FY 2010 budget proposals for Child and Parent Services (CAPS) child care subsidies as the minimal amount pending determination of additional fund distributions from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (estimated at $82.8 million ).

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