United States’ ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is long overdue. The CRC sets outs basic rights for all children across the globe including the right to survival; to develop to the fullest potential; to be protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation; and to participate in family, cultural and social life. Written in part by the U.S. government, signed by President Clinton in 1995, it has not been sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification. Almost every nation has ratified the CRC, except the U.S. and Somalia. NAEYC has had a position for many years in support of the CRC. Help get the CRC sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification by signing the petition here.

To learn more about the CRC, click here

NWLC Releases Report on State Child Care Subsidies
The National Women’s Law Center released its annual report on state child care subsidy policies. They found that families were worse off in 37 states than they were in 2010 under one or more child care assistance policies. Families are not only worse off in 2011 than they were in 2010, but are also worse off than a decade ago. Compare your state with others by clicking here

Is North Carolina where it should be?

Talking about Poverty

Do you know a child in poverty? 

For the first time, over 25% of children under the age of 6 now live in poverty. The overall child poverty rate climbed to 22% in 2010.  This statistic has implications for child nutrition, health care, safety and development.   

To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s full report click here. You can also view the summarized presentation on the 2010 income, poverty and health insurance data here.


Child poverty is an important issue for early educators who care about all of our children.  Find out your candidates' positions on services and support for children and families.  Talk to colleagues and friends about what you learned.  People who do not encounter poverty in their day to day lives are affected by the health of the generations on their way up.  This is truly an issue for everyone.