SK-L: Children Now Internet Update - March 1999 (fwd)

Leslie Schentag (wy497@victoria.tc.ca)
Thu, 4 Mar 1999 10:51:03 -0800 (PST)


  Leslie Schentag
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 10:02:12 -0800
From: Children Now <children@childrennow.org>
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To: Friends of Children Now <childrennow@talkingwithkids.org>
Subject: SK-L: Children Now Internet Update - March 1999

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                     March 1999

1. Talking With Kids About Tough Issues
2. The National Center for Children in Poverty
3. California Budget & Policy Initiatives Impact Kids
4. Early Adolescents: How to Save Their Lives
5. Frequently Asked Questions About the V-Chip
6. Ten Years of History at Children Now
7. Our Web Site Collects Two More Awards
8. Support Children Now Through iGive.com
9. About Children Now
10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe

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1. Talking With Kids About Tough Issues

A new national survey of parents and youth ages 10-15 conducted by the
Kaiser Family Foundation and Children Now, as part of a national campaign
called Talking With Kids About Tough Issues, finds that young people in
families who talk openly about sex and relationships are more likely to say
they would turn to parents first if faced with a crisis.=20

For more information about the survey as well as a booklet on how to talk
to children about tough issues, visit the campaign Web site:

  http://www.talkingwithkids.org

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2. The National Center for Children in Poverty
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Nearly one in four children under age six -- over five million young
children --live in poverty in the U.S. today. (The official poverty line is
about $16,500 for a family of four.)  Almost five million additional young
children live in households that are near poverty with incomes between 100
and 185 percent of the poverty line.=20

The mission of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is to
identify and promote strategies that prevent young child poverty in the
United States, and that improve the life chances of the millions of
children under age six who are growing up poor. NCCP was founded in 1989 at
the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and
receives core support from the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation.

NCCP focuses on preventing young child poverty because that is one of the
smartest investments our nation can make. Of all age groups, children under
age six have the highest poverty rate and are the most vulnerable to the
consequences of poverty. Preventing or reducing poverty early in life means
fewer children with costly medical problems;  more children entering school
ready to learn; and more children growing up to complete high school and be
employed as adults.

NCCP uses demographic and evaluation research, program and policy analysis,
and dynamic communications strategies to advance its mission.  For more
information call 1-212-304-7195 for a full program summary or visit the
NCCP web site:

  http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/

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3. California Budget and Policy Initiatives

The February '99 edition of Children Are Watching Now features Governor
Davis' proposed budget and policy initiatives.  With a special focus on
health, the update notes that Davis' budget includes modest improvements
for children's health coverage, but broader expansions and reforms are
needed.  For the entire analysis:

  http://www.childrennow.org/california/cawn/Feb99CAWN.html

In January, Children Now responded to the State of the State Address of the
new California Governor.  Children Now President Lois Salisbury applauded
Governor Gray Davis for emphasizing some of the most pressing issues for
children -- education, health care and housing.  Salisbury also stressed
the need to add quality child care and afterschool care to the list of
critical concerns.  Read the full statement:

  http://www.childrennow.org/california/davis-response.html

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4. Early Adolescents: How to Save Their Lives - The Preteen Health Care
Visit and 7th Grade Immunization

A new course covering adolescent health and immunization issues will be
broadcast as a live video conference on March 12, 1999 from 12:30 pm - 2:00
pm PST.

California's new 7th grade immunization requirements present clinicians
with an unprecedented opportunity to provide health guidance and quality
preventive care to a cohort of preteens each year.  This live, interactive
review of guidelines for the early adolescent preventive care visit will
include a discussion of office resources, parent and preteen questionnaires
and immunizations.  The 1.5-hour broadcast from Oakland, California will
feature a question-and-answer session during which participants may
interact with course instructors via telephone or fax. The target audience
for this course includes pediatricians, general and family practitioners,
nurses, school districts, HMOs, hospitals, public health program personnel
and others involved in the health issues and immunization of adolescents.

For more information, including registration or facilitation of this
course, please contact the California Distance Learning Health Network at
(619) 594-3348 or send an e-mail to cdlhn@mail.sdsu.edu.  For a list of
other distance learning opportunities, see their Web site:

  httd://www.foundation.sdsu.edu/cdlhn

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5. Frequently Asked Questions About the V-Chip

The V-Chip is an electronic device that puts the TV ratings system to work,
allowing parents to decide which shows they want their children to view.
For anyone who has had questions about the v-chip (what it is, how it
works, how parents can use it) this fact sheet answers your frequently
asked questions.

  http://www.childrennow.org/media/vchip.html

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6. Ten Years of History at Children Now

Review Children Now's multimedia showcase of 10 years of work on behalf of
children.  Photos, text and video annotate a Visual History of Children Now=
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  http://www.childrennow.org/10now/

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7. Our Web Site Collects Two More Awards

The "Directory of Children's Issues on the World Wide Web," which is one of
the most popular sections of the Children Now Web site, was awarded the
Hardin MD "Clean Bill of Health Award" as part of its inclusion in the
Hardin Meta Directory page for Pediatrics and Children's Health.  The
Directory and Award are projects of the Hardin Library for the Health
Sciences at the University of Iowa.  The Hardin Directory lists Web sites
that cover health issues:

  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/ped.html

And, the Children Now Web site received the Young Politicians of America
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experience of youth in our society.  You can visit their site at:

  http://www.ypa.org/

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8. Support Children Now Through iGive.com

Now, with iGive.com, you can raise money for Children Now when you browse
or shop on the Internet.  iGive.com has a network of stores that offer the
best deals on the Internet.  Stores like Books.com, eToys.com, jcrew.com,
Music Boulevard, Sports Superstore, Virtual Vineyards, Reel.com,
Fashionmall.com, and many more.  Just register with iGive.com, and let your
online purchases generate commissions for Children Now.  To learn more,
please visit:

  http://www.igive.com/html/ssi.cfm?CID=3D2968

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9. About Children Now

Children Now, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 1998, is a
nonpartisan, independent voice for America's children, focusing particular
attention on the needs of children who are poor or at risk.  Children Now's
mission is to improve conditions for all children by making them a priority
across the nation.  Nationally recognized for its unique combination of
policy expertise, outreach efforts, targeted research, and sophisticated
communications strategies, Children Now has a distinguished record of
achievement in promoting innovative solutions to the problems facing
America's children. =20

For more information about Children Now, please visit:

  http://www.childrennow.org/

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10. How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe

To subscribe, send email to 'cn-request@talkingwithkids.org' with the messa=
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'subscribe childrennow' in the body of your email.  To unsubscribe, send em=
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the body of your email.

This Internet Update is NOT a discussion group, and you will only receive
official email messages from Children Now, usually every month.  We NEVER
trade or rent out the email addresses of our subscribers.  Permission to
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