Children's Week 2021
Our fourth annual Children’s Week unfolds at a game-changing moment for our nation’s children, the kind of moment that only comes around every few generations. For the first time in decades, children have a place in our national dialogue, with their interests considered in several proposals before Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration. There is no better time to remind our leaders that every issue — from immigration to taxes to health care — is a kids issue. #ItsAKidsIssue is this year's theme.
Throughout the week, members of Congress, advocates, analysts, academics, and policy experts will address major policy and budgetary issues, illuminating their impact on children and the people who care for them. Register for one (or all) events below.
2:30 pm ET: The American Families Plan: What does it mean for kids?
A Panel Discussion with Michelle Dallafior (First Focus on Children), Amy Jo Hutchison (advocate), Megan Curran (Columbia University), Lucy Recio (NAEYC)
9:30 am ET: Building Back Better: Federal Leadership for Children and Youth
A Panel Discussion hosted by Nemours (separate registration)
1:30 pm ET: Immigration: It's a Kids Issue
A Panel Discussion with Miriam Abaya (First Focus on Children), Wendy Cervantes (CLASP), and Norma Flores Lopez (Justice For Migrant Women)
12:30 pm ET: Tax Policy: It's a Kids Issue
[JUST ADDED] A one-on-one conversation with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).
2:00 pm ET: Child Care and Early Education: It's (not just) a Kids Issue
A Panel Discussion with Averi Pakulis (First Focus on Children), Myra Jones-Taylor (Zero to Three), Julie Kashen (Century Foundation)
12:30 pm ET: Equity: It's a Kids Issue
A conversation with Conor Sasner (First Focus on Children) and Prof. Derek Black, author of "Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy"
12:30 pm ET: Foreign Policy and Assistance: It's a Kids Issue
A Panel Discussion with Kathy Sacco (First Focus on Children) and Former USAID Special Advisors on Children in Adversity Gary Newton and Sarah Gesiriech