Katie Peters (Former Staff)

Resources by Katie Peters

Cutting Health Care for Kids is Like Stealing Candy from a Baby

| June 23, 2011 |

Appearing in Capitol Hill newspapers, this ad by the First Focus Campaign for Children calls on Congress to protect our nation’s future by opposing cuts to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Introduces Critical Legislation to Protect U.S. Farmworker Children

| June 16, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of children employed in agriculture work from working longer hours, at younger ages, in more hazardous conditions than children in other working sectors. The legislation amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) by correcting inequities in current labor law.

First Focus Hails Introduction of Landmark Early Childhood Bills

| June 10, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) unveiled his two landmark pieces of legislation that will help young children get the social, emotional, and cognitive development and learning they need to succeed. The two bills, The Starting Early, Starting Right Act (S. 1155), and The Prepare All Kids Act (S.

Child Advocates Urge Congress to Reject the State Flexibility Act

| June 1, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children urged Members of Congress to reject the State Flexibility Act (H.R. 1683/S. 868), legislation that will put at risk the health coverage of an estimated 14 million children and fundamentally reverse the enormous progress our nation has made in reducing the number of uninsured children.

The Secondary School Reentry Act Provides Avenue to Reengage Disconnected Youth

| May 23, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Secondary School Reentry Act. The bill will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to increase the role of State and local educational agencies in implementing secondary school reentry programs that focus on reengaging young people who are disconnected from both the education system and the workforce.

House Approves Legislation that Cuts Children from Health Coverage

| May 13, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children expressed strong opposition to the legislation approved by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that will significantly increase the number of children without health insurance. The State Flexibility Act (H.R. 1683) would repeal a provision of the health reform law that requires states to maintain current eligibility and enrollment requirements for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

DREAM Act Provides a Brighter Future for Hundreds of Thousands of Children

| May 11, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Harry Reid (D-WV), and Robert Menendes(D-NJ) along with Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The bill would provide undocumented students who have grown up in the United States with the opportunity to earn permanent legal status by meeting certain requirements, including completing two years of college or military service.

American Voters Oppose Proposal to Eliminate State Medicaid Requirements

| May 5, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children expressed deep concern about legislation introduced yesterday to eliminate state Medicaid requirements, which will put 14 million children at risk of losing access to coverage through Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Senator Rockefeller Joins Child Advocates in Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of a Critical Report on America’s Kids

| May 4, 2011 |

Washington D.C. – Today, policymakers and child advocates are recognizing the impact of a critical report on the state of our nation’s children released 20 years ago this month. The final report of the National Commission on Youth, released on May 1, 1991, led to the enactment of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), among other important initiatives.

New Bill Introduced to Call Attention to Federal Investments in Children

| April 15, 2011 |

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced legislation that would provide an annual accounting of all federal money spent on children.