Fight Crime: Invest In Kids

Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Thousands of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors protecting public safety by promoting solutions that steer kids away from crime

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready.

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready.

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In 2021, our 25th Anniversary year, we celebrated with law enforcement and legislative leaders across the country throug...
12/23/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary

In 2021, our 25th Anniversary year, we celebrated with law enforcement and legislative leaders across the country through resolutions, proclamations, video messages, and the release of our new national report. We are so grateful to our members for 25 years of dedicated advocacy work. Kids across the nation are safer and more prepared for the future because of their tireless efforts. Learn more about #FightCrime25: https://bit.ly/2TWymJL

For a quarter century, the law enforcement leaders of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids have been championing evidence-based programs that help kids thrive

In 2019, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford embarked on a radio tour with the Afterschool Allianc...
12/16/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - Partnering with the Afterschool Alliance

In 2019, Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford embarked on a radio tour with the Afterschool Alliance to highlight our report, “From Risk to Opportunity: Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe When Juvenile Justice Peaks.” Learn more about the report and its impact on our website: https://bit.ly/30wrhDu #FightCrime25

In 2019, Council for a Strong America CEO Barry Ford partnered with Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant to share new afterschool research

Hear from Maine Corrections Commissioner Randy Liberty on how enlisting in the Army helped break a cycle of poverty. His...
12/14/2021
Investing Early to Protect Our Future

Hear from Maine Corrections Commissioner Randy Liberty on how enlisting in the Army helped break a cycle of poverty. His #StrongKidsStrongNation story is a powerful example of how early interventions can set kids up for future success. https://bit.ly/3m55ESa

Maine Corrections Commissioner Randy Liberty shares stories from his childhood

The JJDPA helps reduce youth involvement in the criminal justice system by providing crucial support to kids and familie...
12/02/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - JJDPA Reauthorization

The JJDPA helps reduce youth involvement in the criminal justice system by providing crucial support to kids and families. Hear from Kara Kempski, a former federal policy staff member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, share how law enforcement leaders across the country aided in the reauthorization of the JJDPA in 2018. https://bit.ly/3DmQUnv #FightCrime25

Former Council for a Strong America federal policy staff member Kara Kempski shares memories from working on the 2018 JJDPA reauthorization

This Giving Tuesday, check out Council for a Strong America’s #StrongKidsStrongNation campaign to hear from law enforcem...
11/30/2021

This Giving Tuesday, check out Council for a Strong America’s #StrongKidsStrongNation campaign to hear from law enforcement, military, and business leaders on the importance of investing in children. We will be sharing new stories from our members every week of December. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3d2pdpF

This Giving Tuesday, check out Council for a Strong America’s #StrongKidsStrongNation campaign to hear from law enforcement, military, and business leaders on the importance of investing in children. We will be sharing new stories from our members every week of December. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3d2pdpF

In 2015, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members met with key policymakers, including Leader Mitch McConnell, in support of ...
11/04/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - Tax Credit Extensions

In 2015, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members met with key policymakers, including Leader Mitch McConnell, in support of making the 2009 extensions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit permanent.

Read our new blog to learn more: https://bit.ly/3k9Cctp #FightCrime25

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members helped pass the permanent extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Juvenile crime peaks between 2-6 PM. Quality afterschool programs help keep kids safe and engaged during these crucial h...
11/02/2021

Juvenile crime peaks between 2-6 PM. Quality afterschool programs help keep kids safe and engaged during these crucial hours. Last week, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio member Chief Rick Butsko celebrated Lights On Afterschool by sharing how afterschool programs help steer kids away from crime. Read our new blog to learn more about the event: https://bit.ly/3bBqJy1

Juvenile crime peaks between 2-6 PM. Quality afterschool programs help keep kids safe and engaged during these crucial hours. Last week, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio member Chief Rick Butsko celebrated Lights On Afterschool by sharing how afterschool programs help steer kids away from crime. Read our new blog to learn more about the event: https://bit.ly/3bBqJy1

A new announcement from The White House shares the Build Back Better framework that would increase access to free, high-...
10/28/2021
Council for a Strong America CEO Barry Ford Applauds Build Back Better Framework Announcement

A new announcement from The White House shares the Build Back Better framework that would increase access to free, high-quality pre-K, serving over six million kids. Council for a Strong America’s President & CEO Barry Ford released a new statement sharing how investments in early childhood education help set kids on the path to success.

Read the statement: https://bit.ly/3vTrL1O

A new statement from Council for a Strong America President & CEO Barry Ford shares highlights from the Build Back Better framework

In 2015, we opened our state office in Texas to advocate for children in the Lone Star State. Our new blog shares how Fi...
10/28/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - The Texas Office

In 2015, we opened our state office in Texas to advocate for children in the Lone Star State. Our new blog shares how Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members helped secure $118 million in state funds for pre-K to help keep kids safe and on the path to success. https://bit.ly/2ZxZwtY #FightCrime25

Our state office in Texas has worked for half a decade to improve positive outcomes for kids

Thank you Congressman John Rutherford for acknowledging the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary on the House of...
10/27/2021

Thank you Congressman John Rutherford for acknowledging the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary on the House of Representatives floor yesterday. We appreciate your kind words and your long-standing support of our work investing in children! Watch his remarks on C-SPAN here: https://bit.ly/3pJIMKU #FightCrime25

Thank you Congressman John Rutherford for acknowledging the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary on the House of Representatives floor yesterday. We appreciate your kind words and your long-standing support of our work investing in children! Watch his remarks on C-SPAN here: https://bit.ly/3pJIMKU #FightCrime25

Longtime Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member and president of the National Sheriffs' Association, Sheriff Vernon Stanfort...
10/27/2021
Why universal pre-K may help stem crime - Roll Call

Longtime Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member and president of the National Sheriffs' Association, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth shared the long-term benefits of quality pre-K in a new podcast with Roll Call.

Listen to the conversation here: https://bit.ly/2ZjKgRd

As Congress deliberates on what should be included in the reconciliation bill, child care, specifically universal pre-K, is being debated.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California members played a major role in the 2014 passage of AB 420, which effectively bann...
10/21/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - Passage of AB 420

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California members played a major role in the 2014 passage of AB 420, which effectively banned the excessive use of suspensions for minor misbehavior by K-3 students and banned expulsions on these grounds for all grade levels. Learn more in our new blog: https://bit.ly/2ZarWtg

The 2014 passage of AB 420 (Dickinson) banned the excessive use of suspensions and expulsions for young students

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, former District Attorney and Council for a Strong Ameri...
10/20/2021
25 Years In, We’re More Sure Than Ever that Crime Prevention Starts in Early Childhood

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, former District Attorney and Council for a Strong America Board Member Michael Ramos authored an article for The Prosecutor, a publication by the National District Attorneys Association, explaining how investing in kids helps protect our long-term public safety.

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/2Za3JUc

Former San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos shares the evidence-based early childhood programs that help keep kids safe and out of the criminal justice system

Yesterday, a panel of our members came together to release our new report, “Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, and Vi...
10/15/2021
Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Connection between Pre-K and Crime Prevention

Yesterday, a panel of our members came together to release our new report, “Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, and Violence Survivors: ‘Preschool Works,’” in honor of our 25th anniversary. Read our new blog to learn more about the event: https://bit.ly/3vgckjN

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members mark the organization’s 25th year helping to advocate for early childhood education as a crime reduction strategy

On Wednesday, seven Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members participated in a listening session with senior officials and st...
10/15/2021
Our Work

On Wednesday, seven Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members participated in a listening session with senior officials and staff at the U.S. Department of Education and The United States Department of Justice. Members discussed ways in which we can improve school climate and school disciplinary practices, to create greater equity in their communities and across the country.

Thank you to the members who shared their thoughts on this critical issue:

- Patrick Flannelly, Chief of Police, Lafayette, IN Police Department
- Walt McNeil, Sheriff, Leon County, FL Sheriff's Office
- Kevin Barton, District Attorney, Washington County, OR District Attorney's Office
- LaDon Reynolds, Chief of Police, Oak Park, IL Police Department
- John Choi, County Attorney, Ramsey County, MN County Attorney's Office
- Lori Frugoli, District Attorney, Marin County, CA District Attorney’s Office
- Otis Bruce Jr., Assistant District Attorney, Marin County, CA District Attorney’s Office

Learn more about school discipline: https://bit.ly/3mTdLkx

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans wil...

Law enforcement leaders know that kids are the future. Our new research explains the value of quality pre-K to reduce an...
10/14/2021
Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, and Violence Survivors: “Preschool Works”

Law enforcement leaders know that kids are the future. Our new research explains the value of quality pre-K to reduce and prevent crime. Read “Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, and Violence Survivors: ‘Preschool Works.’” to understand more about these crucial programs: https://bit.ly/3v3aZwG #FightCrime25

Law enforcement leaders advocating for 25 years to improve public safety through early education

Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary! TOMORROW at 11:30 AM, law enforcement leaders from across the country will ...
10/13/2021

Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary! TOMORROW at 11:30 AM, law enforcement leaders from across the country will meet virtually to discuss the importance of early childhood investments to prevent and reduce crime. Register for the upcoming conversation and virtual report release to learn more about quality early childhood education and public safety.

Register here: bit.ly/fcik25th #FightCrime25

Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary! TOMORROW at 11:30 AM, law enforcement leaders from across the country will meet virtually to discuss the importance of early childhood investments to prevent and reduce crime. Register for the upcoming conversation and virtual report release to learn more about quality early childhood education and public safety.

Register here: bit.ly/fcik25th #FightCrime25

10/12/2021

October is #CrimePreventionMonth!

We thank @FightCrime members for championing evidence-based crime prevention strategies, including #Afterschool programs 📚⚽️! @FightCrimeCA member and Contra Costa DA Diana Becton speaks on the importance of afterschool to help students grow & keep them on track ⬇

On Thursday, October 14 at 11:30 ET, our members will celebrate the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary with a ...
10/12/2021

On Thursday, October 14 at 11:30 ET, our members will celebrate the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary with a virtual discussion and report release! Join us to hear from law enforcement how early childhood programs help kids lead a crime-free life.

Register here: bit.ly/fcik25th #FightCrime25

On Thursday, October 14 at 11:30 ET, our members will celebrate the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary with a virtual discussion and report release! Join us to hear from law enforcement how early childhood programs help kids lead a crime-free life.

Register here: bit.ly/fcik25th #FightCrime25

Chief Gina Anderson of the Newark (CA) Police Department knows firsthand that high-quality early childhood education can...
10/11/2021

Chief Gina Anderson of the Newark (CA) Police Department knows firsthand that high-quality early childhood education can help improve outcomes for kids and lead to safer communities. #MemberMonday

Chief Gina Anderson of the Newark (CA) Police Department knows firsthand that high-quality early childhood education can help improve outcomes for kids and lead to safer communities. #MemberMonday

In 2013, Mississippi joined every other southern state to provide state funding for high-quality early education when it...
10/07/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - Pre-K Funding in Mississippi

In 2013, Mississippi joined every other southern state to provide state funding for high-quality early education when it approved $3 million in funding for preschool. Senator Brice Wiggins shares his memories of working with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members to secure this crucial funding.

Listen to the interview here: https://bit.ly/3DmmXV6

Former Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Senator Brice Wiggins shares memories of his partnership with law enforcement to secure pre-K funding in Mississippi

We're excited to receive this resolution from the Wisconsin State Legislature honoring the Wisconsin members of Fight Cr...
10/05/2021

We're excited to receive this resolution from the Wisconsin State Legislature honoring the Wisconsin members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and their efforts over the last 25 years. Thank you to Representative Jesse James for leading the resolution, and to Chief Adrian Bump, Chief Ronald Northrop, and Sheriff Dale Schmidt for accepting the resolution on behalf of all Wisconsin members! https://bit.ly/3lgkzcB

We're excited to receive this resolution from the Wisconsin State Legislature honoring the Wisconsin members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and their efforts over the last 25 years. Thank you to Representative Jesse James for leading the resolution, and to Chief Adrian Bump, Chief Ronald Northrop, and Sheriff Dale Schmidt for accepting the resolution on behalf of all Wisconsin members! https://bit.ly/3lgkzcB

In 2013, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released our national report, “I’m the Guy You Pay Later.” A new interview with for...
09/30/2021
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - I’m the Guy You Pay Later

In 2013, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released our national report, “I’m the Guy You Pay Later.” A new interview with former Fight Crime: Invest in Kids National Director Natasha O’Dell Archer highlights the impact of the report, which garnered over 170 media stories, reaching over 67 million people. #FightCrime25 https://bit.ly/39VTq8d

Former Fight Crime: Invest in Kids National Director Natasha O’Dell Archer highlights the impact of our 2013 early education report

Our longtime member Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Joel Merry has been a dedicated advocate for kids in Maine...
09/27/2021

Our longtime member Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Joel Merry has been a dedicated advocate for kids in Maine for many years. This summer, Sheriff Merry penned a letter in the Portland Press Herald calling for more investments in the state's child care sector.

Read the letter: https://bit.ly/3yajkiQ #MemberMonday

Our longtime member Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Joel Merry has been a dedicated advocate for kids in Maine for many years. This summer, Sheriff Merry penned a letter in the Portland Press Herald calling for more investments in the state's child care sector.

Read the letter: https://bit.ly/3yajkiQ #MemberMonday

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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!
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Thank you to PA State Rep. Curt Sonney for joining us today for a virtual #prek visit at Early Connections! #iamprek #keepearlylearningstrong Early Connections, Inc PA Early Learning Investment Commission PennAEYC Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Scott Enterprises
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 @ClaremontPD Chief Vander Veen 👏 Even virtually, #Afterschool programs provide kids with amazing programming and peer exercise activities that mitigate #LearningLoss. But for every 1 student in an afterschool program there are 2 waiting to get in. #SaveAfterschool. 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 @Mike Jacobson, NebraskaLand National Bank; Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller representing Fight Crime: Invest In Kids; Brigadier General (Ret.) @Randolph 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! #iamprek #keepearlylearningstrong 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
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