The Children's Agenda's Interfaith Collaborative

The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative is a diverse group of members and faith leaders of communities from many different traditions and locations throughout Monroe County, NY

Children’s Interfaith Weekend

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Children’s Interfaith Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend of October every year. It is an opportunity to pray, learn about, and act on the troubles facing children in our community.

If your congregation or group is planning participate, please let us know here!

New in 2018: A “Celebration of RCSD Children in Excellence” on Sunday, October 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, East High School Upper School, 1801 East Main St.  For a flyer to print, share or post, click here.  For a smaller flyer sized for bulletins and newsletters, click here.

    Worship and planning resources from the Children’s Defense Fund (2018 materials are not all available yet – check back for Jewish and Multifaith chapters):  Children’s Defense Fund 2018 Children’s Sabbath materials  

2018 Advocacy issue: Children can’t wait

Invite your congregants to sign the advocacy letter, which you can view and print here. Click here for a fact sheet to learn why we are speaking up about young children who need special services to help them reach their full potential. Watch a brief video * about why it’s important for us to advocate for young children with special needs. (*Created by Step by Step Developmental Services with photos provided by families currently receiving or graduated from Early Intervention Services in Monroe County, NY and surrounding areas.)

Recent news stories about the need for more timely services for young children: Rochester D&C editorial:  New York lawmakers failing thousands of preschoolers (Sept. 15, 2017) Rochester D&C: Early interventions service providers protest Cuomo’s budget proposal (Feb. 22, 2018) Rochester D&C: Watchdog – Crisis in special educ services for preschoolers leaves families scrambling (Sept. 14, 2017)

For more information contact Brigit Hurley at or (585) 256-2620 ext. 2602




2017 Children’s Interfaith Weekend resources:

Register for the 2017 Children’s Interfaith Weekend!

Learn About the 2017 Children’s Interfaith Weekend

Childrens Weekend letter 2017

Learning About Issues Facing Children and Families in Monroe County and How to Address those Challenges

What can we do to prevent child abuse and neglect?

“Little Girl Lost: The questions left behind by Brook Stagles’ death”, Rochester D&C, Sept. 24, 2017

“Brook Stagles did not have to die”, D&C Editorial, Sept. 24, 2017

“Legislators Propose Child Protective Services Reform Act”, Rochester D&C, Sept. 28, 2017

CPS Caseworkers Share Stories About the Overburdened CPS System and its Impact on Children with Monroe County Legislators

Worship Resources

Children’s Defense Fund Interfaith Resources

Year-round Advocacy for Children in Monroe County

Find your local, state, and federal representatives

In the News

Contact Brigit at if you’re interested in learning more about the Children’s Interfaith Weekend and the Interfaith Collaborative.


Commonly Asked Questions

What is The Children’s Agenda?

(TCA) is a local non-profit advocacy organization whose goal is to improve the health, education and success of Monroe County’s children and youth, especially the most vulnerable. TCA partners with community organizations and residents to create a bold and unified voice advocating for evidence-based solutions and systemic policy change. TCA is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in 2004 by community leaders to champion policies and programs that have been proven to best help children. To maintain its independence, TCA does not accept funding from government or service providers.

What is The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative?

The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative is a diverse group of members and leaders of faith communities from many different traditions and locations throughout Monroe County, NY. The Interfaith Collaborative plans the annual Children’s Interfaith Weekend and works year-round as an advocate for systemic change to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

View an informational flyer:  What is TCA and Weekend

What is the Children’s Interfaith Weekend (CIW)?

The Children’s Interfaith Weekend is an opportunity to pray, learn about, and act on the troubles facing children in our community, planned by a local group of interfaith leaders and staffed by The Children’s Agenda.  It is adapted from the annual Children’s Sabbath, celebrated throughout the U.S. and sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund.

Why should my congregation participate?

Rochester’s children are in a state of crisis: More than half of children in the city of Rochester live in poverty; in Monroe County, more than one in 5 are poor.  Rochester has the highest rate of extreme poverty and the highest child poverty rate in the nation among comparable cities.  41,000 residents of Monroe County suburbs are living in poverty.  Most poor families have an adult who is working.  Our kids need our prayers, and they need our voices.

How can my congregation get involved?

  • Hold a worship service or part of a service on the moral imperative to care for children.

  • Educate the congregation on the local facts about children using The Children’s Agenda’s reports on the state of Monroe County’s children.

  • Engage in a “call to action” on programs affecting children’s health and well-being.

  • Attend monthly Collaborative meetings held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Sample Children’s Interfaith Weekend Activities

  •  Each congregation plans and holds its own celebration based on what works best for its faith tradition and community

  • All are asked to incorporate 3 activities: prayer/reflection for children; learning about how kids in our community are faring; and taking action to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

  • “Taking action” often means inviting congregants to sign an advocacy letter in support of an evidence-based strategy that benefits children in Monroe County; it can also be a service project or collection for a children’s organization.

  • Examples: guest speaker on child poverty; children’s choir; youth leading worship; youth performances and speakers; special activities with Sunday school or religious education; adult education session

For more information: Brigit Hurley,, (585) 256-2620 ext. 2602