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Expanding preschool, child care, and voluntary home visiting services helps create a safer Missouri for all. Read the ne...
12/23/2022
Quality early childhood education prevent crime

Expanding preschool, child care, and voluntary home visiting services helps create a safer Missouri for all. Read the new opinion piece from Rolla Chief Sean Fagan in the Phelps County Focus:

Serving the Rolla area is one of the greatest honors of my career. It is my joy and responsibility to try to improve our community and make it stronger in

Congratulations to 2022 Champion for Kids award winner Sheriff Mike Reese of Multnomah County, OR! Over the past 11 year...
12/22/2022

Congratulations to 2022 Champion for Kids award winner Sheriff Mike Reese of Multnomah County, OR! Over the past 11 years, Sheriff Reese has been an active supporter of evidence-based programs that keep kids on the path to success. https://bit.ly/3Gd2HJX

Want to reduce long-term crime? Invest in early childhood education. A new Maine research brief explains the connection ...
12/22/2022

Want to reduce long-term crime? Invest in early childhood education. A new Maine research brief explains the connection between academic success and increased public safety: https://bit.ly/3HUwqsk

NEW: Congress released the text of its bipartisan end-of-year funding bill for 2023 including major funding for early ch...
12/20/2022
Council for a Strong America Celebrates Victories for Kids in Bipartisan Funding Agreement

NEW: Congress released the text of its bipartisan end-of-year funding bill for 2023 including major funding for early childhood education, MIECHV, afterschool, and juvenile justice resources. Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids have long-supported these important, evidence-based supports to reduce crime and ensure a brighter future for our nation’s kids. Read our full statement on these key victories:

Congress passes major year-end bipartisan funding bill that will support home visiting, childhood nutrition, and juvenile justice programs among others

A new blog by Carroll County (IA) Attorney John Werden highlights the long-term impact of home visiting for parents, kid...
12/15/2022
Home Visiting Supports a Safer Iowa

A new blog by Carroll County (IA) Attorney John Werden highlights the long-term impact of home visiting for parents, kids, and Iowans. Without congressional intervention, federal MIECHV funding expires tomorrow. Read the blog on our website:

Carroll County Attorney urges Congress to reauthorize federal MIECHV funding stream

Families in Oklahoma need access to voluntary home visiting programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect and increas...
12/14/2022
Column: Pass congressional measure to increase home visits for vulnerable families

Families in Oklahoma need access to voluntary home visiting programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect and increase positive outcomes for kids. Sheriff Vic Regalado of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids calls for MIECHV reauthorization in a new op/ed for Tulsa World. Read the full piece here:

"The best crime prevention policy is to ensure all of our children have a positive, nurturing start in life," says Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado.

Kids in rural communities often lack early childhood resources and supports compared to their urban peers. Read Council ...
12/13/2022

Kids in rural communities often lack early childhood resources and supports compared to their urban peers. Read Council for a Strong America’s new rural early childhood education report in Wisconsin to learn what more can be done to support kids from the entire state: https://bit.ly/3BsPrOD

The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across t...
12/09/2022
House Passes Bipartisan Jackie Walorski Act

The U.S. Senate must act to reauthorize MIECHV funding and continue to support voluntary home visiting services across the nation. Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation applaud the House for passing the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 with strong bipartisan support. Read Council for a Strong America’s full statement:

The House of Representatives' bipartisan passage of the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 is an important step forward for home visiting programs, but the work is not finished.

Summit County’s sheriff and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio member Kandy Fatheree authored an op/ed in the Akron Beacon...
12/07/2022
Summit County sheriff urges Congress to keep funding voluntary home visit programs

Summit County’s sheriff and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio member Kandy Fatheree authored an op/ed in the Akron Beacon Journal explaining how home visiting, funded through MIECHV, helps reduce childhood abuse and neglect. Read the piece:

Voluntary home visits are a type of intervention that can educate families and reduce child abuse and neglect, Summit County sheriff says.

One of the wisest investments we can make as a nation is in healthy pregnancies and early childhood development. That is...
11/30/2022
Voluntary Home Visiting Yields Strong Returns for Children, Families and the Nation

One of the wisest investments we can make as a nation is in healthy pregnancies and early childhood development. That is why the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is so critical. Evidence-based programs that help families provide proper nutrition, mental and behavioral wellbeing, and a loving home pay massive dividends throughout the life of those who are served.

Unfortunately, this important bipartisan program is at risk. If Congress doesn’t act by December 16th to reauthorize the program, it will expire; that would cause untold hardship for the program’s beneficiaries, as well as negatively affecting recruitment and retention of qualified and effective home visitors.

That is why Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has joined the National Home Visiting Coalition and hundreds of other organizations around the country in our support of the bipartisan Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 (H.R. 8876).

The U.S. House will vote on this critical bill very soon, and we urge its passage without delay. Healthy pregnancies, infant and child health and development, and school readiness are too important for these critical services to slip through the cracks. Please share and urge your Members of Congress to act now, because .

Strengthening investments in home visiting can help improve public safety, build the future workforce, and bolster national security

A new opinion piece in the Idaho Press by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member and Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Brya...
11/29/2022
Guest Opinion: Urge Congress to reauthorize home visiting program to protect kids

A new opinion piece in the Idaho Press by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member and Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor shares why MIECHV passage is crucial to keep kids safe and well-cared-for. Read the piece [paywall]:

Serving as Canyon County’s prosecuting attorney is an honor. And part of the duty of my office is prosecuting crimes that can be shocking, infuriating, and tragic.

The federal MIECHV funding stream is set to expire next month on December 16. Read Council for a Strong America’s resear...
11/23/2022
Voluntary Home Visiting Yields Strong Returns for Children, Families and the Nation

The federal MIECHV funding stream is set to expire next month on December 16. Read Council for a Strong America’s research report to learn how voluntary home visiting programs lead to a stronger nation.

Strengthening investments in home visiting can help improve public safety, build the future workforce, and bolster national security

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Carroll County (IA) Attorney John Werden recently interviewed with KCIM 1380 am & 95....
11/22/2022
Carroll County Attorney John Werden Champions Juvenile Justice Initiatives In D.C.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Carroll County (IA) Attorney John Werden recently interviewed with KCIM 1380 am & 95.1 fm to discuss his recent meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley and his support of JJDPA and MIECHV to aid Iowa kids. Listen to the interview:

Carroll County Attorney John Werden is one of the leading voices behind a push in Washington, D.C. to reauthorize legislation aimed at reducing national crime rates through youth programs. Werden serves on the executive board for Fight

A new Council for a Strong America Texas factsheet explains how MIECHV-supported home visiting programs increase positiv...
11/17/2022

A new Council for a Strong America Texas factsheet explains how MIECHV-supported home visiting programs increase positive outcomes for kids and new parents and strengthen the long-term public safety of the Lone Star State: https://bit.ly/3UIMEs4

Thank you Senator Tester for meeting with Montana's Sheriff Leo Dutton and County Attorney Jed Fitch on child care and h...
11/16/2022

Thank you Senator Tester for meeting with Montana's Sheriff Leo Dutton and County Attorney Jed Fitch on child care and home visiting. In Montana, only 1/10 eligible kids have a child care spot and 1/6 can access voluntary home visiting.

I agree with Montana law enforcement: We need to boost our early childhood programs that pay huge dividends down the road. Getting the right health, education, and safety resources to Montana kids early is how we make sure they stay healthy, strong, and out of the justice system.

MIECHV is set to expire on December 16th without congressional action. Read Council for a Strong America’s new Oregon fa...
11/16/2022

MIECHV is set to expire on December 16th without congressional action. Read Council for a Strong America’s new Oregon factsheet to learn more about voluntary home visiting and its impact on Oregonian kids and the state’s crime prevention efforts: https://bit.ly/3gd3PmG

NEW: Read Council for a Strong America’s latest home visiting factsheet to learn how MIECHV supports key voluntary progr...
11/15/2022

NEW: Read Council for a Strong America’s latest home visiting factsheet to learn how MIECHV supports key voluntary programs in Louisiana and the long-term crime-prevention benefits for the state: https://bit.ly/3X2nc2m

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers of Council for a Strong America Texas authored a guest commentary in the Huntsvil...
11/10/2022
OPINION: Fight crime: Invest in kids

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers of Council for a Strong America Texas authored a guest commentary in the Huntsville Item explaining how MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs help create a safer Texas. Read the full opinion piece:

When I was elected Sheriff of San Jacinto County, I made it my priority to combat the problems directly harming our communities. That’s why I created the Patrol Tactical Unit

NEW: Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs can play a significant role in improving outcomes for South Caroli...
11/09/2022

NEW: Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs can play a significant role in improving outcomes for South Carolina parents and children. Read Council for a Strong America’s latest factsheet to learn more: https://bit.ly/3hqdG8U

A new factsheet in Iowa from Council for a Strong America shares the long-term benefits of MIECHV-funded voluntary home ...
11/08/2022

A new factsheet in Iowa from Council for a Strong America shares the long-term benefits of MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs in the state. Read the factsheet to learn more about the MIECHV federal funding stream and how it impacts our nation’s future: https://bit.ly/3hqsHro

On Monday, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania participated in an event at Brecht Elementary School to celebrate th...
11/03/2022
Manheim Township School District unveils new pre-K classroom at Brecht Elementary School

On Monday, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania participated in an event at Brecht Elementary School to celebrate the opening of its new pre-K classroom. Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams highlighted the benefits of quality pre-K at the event. Learn more about the event:

Manheim Township School District celebrated the opening of its newest pre-K classroom at Brecht Elementary School on Monday, while local leaders emphasized the need for additional pre-K classrooms throughout Lancaster

A new op/ed in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Sheriff Buddy Mills calls on...
11/02/2022
Child care investments will pay dividends, fight crime

A new op/ed in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Sheriff Buddy Mills calls on lawmakers to use Texas surplus funding to invest in early childhood education programs that will benefit the state in the long run. Read the full piece:

Serving as the Gillespie County Sheriff is one of the greatest honors of my life. The safety of our community is of paramount importance to me.

10/28/2022
Illinois needs to mitigate effects of opioid epidemic. Here's how to do it

A letter to the editor in the Peoria Journal Star by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids- Illinois member Sheriff Jeff Standard explains how investing in early childhood programs like can aid long-term crime prevention efforts and keep kids safe. Read the letter:

In Illinois, we have a rare opportunity to use millions of dollars to put toward underfunded services helping children and families, a sheriff says.

Congratulations to our 2022 Champion for Kids award recipient Sheboygan Police Department Chief Christopher Domagalski! ...
10/27/2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Champion for Kids award recipient Sheboygan Police Department Chief Christopher Domagalski! Chief Domagalski is a dedicated community leader committed to keeping Sheboygan kids safe and out of trouble. Thank you for all you do, Chief!

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Associate Director of Mobilization Jamar Day met with members Chief Johnson, Chief McCoy, an...
10/26/2022

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Associate Director of Mobilization Jamar Day met with members Chief Johnson, Chief McCoy, and Chief Barns along with many others at the Louisiana Association of Chiefs Conference in Alexandria, LA earlier this month.

A new op/ed in the Idaho Statesman by Sheriff Kieran Donahue explains how voluntary home visiting and MIECHV funding aid...
10/13/2022
Delegation should support funding for home visitation programs to prevent child abuse

A new op/ed in the Idaho Statesman by Sheriff Kieran Donahue explains how voluntary home visiting and MIECHV funding aid the state’s public safety and crime prevention efforts. Read the full piece [paywall]:

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue urges Idaho’s congressional delegation to support the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act to increase access to voluntary home visitation programs. | Opinion

Expanding early learning opportunities in Arkansas can lead to a safer, more educated state. Last week, Arkansas State S...
10/12/2022
Event Highlights Impact of Child Care Crisis on Arkansas Families

Expanding early learning opportunities in Arkansas can lead to a safer, more educated state. Last week, Arkansas State Senator Missy Irvin joined Chief George Bethel and Rita Ward of Busy Bee Day Care to discuss challenges in the early childhood sector. Read our blog about the event:

Chief Bethel and Senator Irvin read to kids and discuss child care challenges for Arkansas parents and providers

A guest commentary in the Nashville Tennessean by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Sheriff Jeff Box explains how volun...
10/04/2022
Why Congress must extend bipartisan early childhood home visit program | Opinion

A guest commentary in the Nashville Tennessean by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Sheriff Jeff Box explains how voluntary home visiting services funded by MIECHV act as a crime prevention tool. Congress must intervene by the end of this year to preserve this key funding. Read the full piece:

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting funding stream has broad bipartisan support and is popular within state and other governments.

NEW: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Oregon just released a new report highlighting how voluntary home visiting services in ...
09/22/2022

NEW: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Oregon just released a new report highlighting how voluntary home visiting services in the state can help reduce child abuse and neglect. Read the full report to learn more: https://bit.ly/3r1JcvE

On Monday, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford will speak in Kearney, NE at the 2022 Thriving Chil...
09/16/2022

On Monday, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford will speak in Kearney, NE at the 2022 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference to explain the connection between early childhood programs and America’s economy, military, and safety. Learn more about the event: https://bit.ly/3KiEjHi

How many high-priority families are able to access MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs in your state? Use Cou...
09/15/2022
MIECHV Only Supports a Small Fraction of Families that Could Benefit

How many high-priority families are able to access MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs in your state? Use Council for a Strong America’s new map to find out:

This interactive map shows the impact of MIECHV-funded home visiting programs in each state.

Last week, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids- Illinois held a press conference calling on state lawmakers to use opioid lawsui...
09/14/2022
Illinois Law Enforcement Leaders: Invest Settlement Funding in Early Childhood Priorities to Fight Opioid Crisis

Last week, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids- Illinois held a press conference calling on state lawmakers to use opioid lawsuit-settlement dollars to improve early childhood education programs. Three law enforcement leaders from across the state came together to share how investing in these programs can lead to a safer and more successful Illinois. Learn more about the event:

Dedicating opioid lawsuit-settlement dollars to key birth-to-3 programs can support at-risk families, reduce crime, and prevent future drug abuse and addiction

NEW: Council for a Strong America’s latest national report, “Voluntary Home Visiting Yields Strong Returns for Children,...
09/13/2022

NEW: Council for a Strong America’s latest national report, “Voluntary Home Visiting Yields Strong Returns for Children, Families and the Nation,” explains how MIECHV-funded voluntary home visiting programs reduce criminal behaviors, child neglect, and substance abuse. Without intervention, MIECHV will expire at the end of the month, leaving families across the country without access to these vital home visiting services. Read more: https://bit.ly/3QEy02q

In exactly 30 days, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program will expire, leaving thousa...
08/31/2022

In exactly 30 days, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program will expire, leaving thousands of families without reliable access to critical funding for home visiting programs.

With the window for reauthorization closing fast, we are watching to see whether Congress acts before the program’s expiration.

A new research report from Council for a Strong America California highlights how child care and afterschool programs he...
08/29/2022

A new research report from Council for a Strong America California highlights how child care and afterschool programs help bolster the state and improve positive outcomes for kids. Read the report: https://bit.ly/3Tq2HLf

08/26/2022

Thank you for meeting with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Jacksonville (NC) Chief of Police Michael Yaniero to discuss how voluntary programs prevent child abuse and help NC public safety. In NC, federal home visiting programs only reach ½ of 1 percent of families due to lack of funds – including priority military families. https://bit.ly/3R3tn2A !

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Tip 5 - READ BOOKS AGAIN & AGAIN! 📕📗📘

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Really proud of our work on the Mississippi Early Learning Collaboratives bill which has resulted in 18 collaboratives working with Pr-K kids throughout the Mississippi. We are now top 5 in the country in early education. Our efforts were supported early on Fight Crime: Invest In Kids -- a national Law Enforcement professionals organization that advocates for early education to reduce crime.

I did his interview just published yesterday as part of their 25th anniversary and I invite you to watch it. The intro paragraph to their blog post says it all:

"Prior to 2013, Mississippi was the only Southern state that did not provide any state funding for pre-k. It also had one of the highest rates in the nation of high school students who do not graduate on time. Having been a Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member while an assistant district attorney in Jackson County, State Senator Brice Wiggins understood the research on how high-quality pre-K can transform children's lives, leading them to success and keeping them out of the criminal justice system."
Today we are honoring Fight Crime: Invest In Kids on the Wisconsin Assembly Floor for 25 years of making a difference in the lives of kiddos. Thank you!
Thank you to PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff for joining us today for a virtual visit at The Learning Station! PennAEYC Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children Fight Crime: Invest In Kids
Thank you to PA State Rep. Curt Sonney for joining us today for a virtual visit at Early Connections!

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Thanks to our partners at Fight Crime: Invest In Kids and ReadyNation for this piece on The Week of the Young Child here in Maine!

https://www.strongnation.org/articles/1519-week-of-the-young-child
REPOST from Fight Crime: Invest In Kids CA's Twitter :

Thank you Chief Vander Veen 👏 Even virtually, programs provide kids with amazing programming and peer exercise activities that mitigate . But for every 1 student in an afterschool program there are 2 waiting to get in. .

https://twitter.com/FightCrimeCA/status/1370079842620739585?s=20
REGISTER NOW for a webinar this Wednesday, 2/24, 10-11am CST, on a new report and discussion on the early childhood challenges facing Nebraska's rural communities. Panelists will be Jacobson, NebraskaLand National Bank; Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller representing Fight Crime: Invest In Kids; Brigadier General (Ret.) Scott, U.S. Air Force, representing Mission: Readiness; Jason Prokop, FFN director; Marti McFadden Beard of Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and reps from Council for a Strong America. FFN's Mike Feeken will moderate the panel.
What: "Scarcity of Early Childhood Programs Undermines Nebraska's Rural Communities"
Register here: https://bit.ly/3d7zhid
Over the past 7 years of advocacy, Pre-K for PA has helped to increase funding for pre-k by $145 million and additional access of high-quality pre-k for 14,835 children.

We owe this success to our thousands of supporters and our partner organizations. This success is also a testament of the widespread support for access to pre-k! Fight Crime: Invest In Kids First Up: Champions for Early Education Mission: Readiness Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) PennAEYC Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children The Pennsylvania Head Start Association Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Trying Together United Way of Pennsylvania
We're celebrating our 7th birthday this week! These past seven years have been filled with excitement, passion, and a few obstacles - but through it all, our thousands of supporters have been with us each and every step of the way. And we owe our success to them all!
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