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Nation's Leading Child Advocates Call On Presidential Candidates To Address Record Levels Of Child Poverty & Homelessness

Critical Issue M.I.A. in 2012 Election Campaigns

National Coalition of Child Advocacy Leaders Press Candidates for Answers

WHAT: Leading U.S. child advocates available to comment on child poverty – and the candidates' positions – following presidential debates.

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WHO: National coalition of child advocacy leaders

  • Irwin Redlener, President, Children's Health Fund, and Professor, Columbia University
  • Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Save the Children
  • Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Children's Zone
  • Billy Shore, President, Share Our Strength/No Child Hungry Campaign
  • Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus

WHY: Recent U.S. data reveals record-high numbers of poor children and unprecedented levels of homelessness and food insecurity. Safety nets for children threatened. Refer to this and other findings in Children's Health Fund's paper, "Still in Peril."

ABOUT: The leadership coalition – first convened by Dr. Redlener in May 2012 – has written letters to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pressing the candidates to specify what actions they intend to take to eliminate child poverty in the long term and preserve or expand critical safety net programs supporting (a) access to medical care, (b) access to food support programs and (c) availability of early-education opportunities for low-income children.

CONTACT: Erica Annon, DKC; erica.annon@dkcnews.com; O: 212-981-5235, M: 860-798-5966
Drea Braxmeier, Children's Health Fund; abraxmeier@chfund.org;
O: 212-535-9400, M: 610-417-1107

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 3, 2012/

SOURCE Children's Health Fund