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Katrina and the Children: Press Statement of Linda K. Smith

February 14, 2006

Six months after Hurricane Katrina, America has all but forgotten the children affected by the storm - especially its' infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. There were more than 400,000 children under the age of five living in areas designated by FEMA as disaster areas. We know that Katrina literally left thousands of small children homeless and traumatized.

Since the onslaught of the storm, the government has failed on many counts:

One Child Lost is One Too Many

October 31, 2005

A just-released study on fatalities in out-of-home child care conducted by the City University of New York Graduate Center, found that child care is quite safe overall but identified a need for training, pay, and oversight of child care, particularly in the more isolated in-home family child care setting.

Nearly 1.5 million children age 14 and younger affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

September 26, 2005

Washington, DC - Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have directly affected over 6.5 million people, who live in or who have fled from, disaster areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including nearly 1.5 million children age 14 and younger. Many of these families need food, shelter, clothing, and in numerous cases, trauma counseling to begin to heal and put their lives back together.

More than 1.2 million children live in communities designated by FEMA as disaster areas.

September 11, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Hurricane Katrina has directly affected nearly 6 million people who live in federally designated disaster areas, including more than 1.2 million children under the age of 14. These families need food, shelter, clothing, and in many cases trauma counseling to begin to heal and begin their lives again. Parents of the more than 1.2 million children, almost one-third of whom are under the age of 5, may also require child care so that they can put their lives back together (i.e.

Congress Sits on Critical Legislation While Children Are in Unsafe Child Care

July 12, 2005

Washington, DC – Yesterday on the Dr. Phil show, America saw examples of how devastating bad quality child care can be for some children and their parents.

"Many of these child care tragedies occur because of weak child care regulations and a lack of funding to support even basic licensing, inspections, and training programs," says Linda Smith, Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Hill Rally Launches the #1 Question – Is it good for the children? Campaign

March 6, 2003

Leading Senators and Representatives Remind Congress to Remember the Children WASHINGTON, DC – March 6, 2003 – Today hundreds of children's advocates from communities across the United States attended a rally where members of Congress were urged to consider the #1 Question, "Is it good for the children?" before making decisions.

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