Big Ideas for Little Kids

Big Ideas for Little Kids: City of Rochester 2015-16 Budget Solid; and Much More Needed for Kids in Our City and Community By Kelly A. McCarthy, Chair of the Board, and Rev. Marvin McMickle, Ph.D., and Ed Doherty, Board Members, The Children’s Agenda Each year The Children’s Agenda analyzes the proposed City of Rochester’s half a billion dollar annual budget for its impact on children and families. This year we find there will be no major cuts to programs for children and youth, and further: There is new funding of $50,000 for early childhood screening and intervention for 3 year olds. There is an increase of 6 Full Time positions in the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. The City is implementing changes to programming based on evaluations of its recreation and youth violence prevention programs. The Rochester City School District and City are working together to fund 60 youth literacy aides at Recreation “R” Centers and Libraries. The City Budget Office has made a commitment to continuing and further developing a Child Impact “Children and Families Funding” section in its budget document. This is all good news for children, youth and families, but there are areas for concern too. Inadequate funding from Monroe County will result in the elimination of Sunday hours for the Central Library beginning in October 2015. Library funding is shared between the City and County, and County funding has not kept pace with what is needed. The Central Library provides access to books, computers, and a Job Information Center that is essential for children, youth and parents to further their education and employment. The...
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