The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), in collaboration with various stakeholders, has launched the One-in-Five campaign to address the cycle of childhood poverty affecting nearly 20% of children in New York. This rate surpasses the national average, highlighting a stark contrast in a state with a significant number of billionaires and millionaires. The coalition aims to combat the multiple challenges faced by children living in poverty, including homelessness, health issues, and lack of essential supplies.
The One-in-Five campaign is advocating for several legislative measures to alleviate child poverty. These include the Working Families Tax Credit, Mothers and Lasting Change program, Medicaid services through school-based health centers, continuous public health insurance coverage for children, affordable housing, universal school meals, and increased funding for community schools. These initiatives are designed to provide comprehensive support to children and families in need, addressing the multifaceted nature of poverty.
Key voices in the campaign include Melinda Person, President of NYSUT, who emphasizes the necessity of addressing child poverty for children’s educational and creative development. Other supporters include Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, and state legislators who recognize the importance of equitable access to social and health services for children. The campaign stresses that reducing child poverty requires concerted efforts and thoughtful policy decisions to ensure a fair start for all children in New York.
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