Welcome to the Spring edition of the Mass Kids Chronicle where you can learn about key messages on deficit reduction proposals that we conveyed to our MA Congressional delegation during our recent trip to Washington, D.C.; our Kids Count Data Center; the Enough Abuse Campaign's work to prevent child sexual abuse; and our efforts to raise public awareness to end Shaken Baby Syndrome.


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Spring, 2011



Federal Budget Proposals
Risk Hurting Massachusetts Children


United States Congress

The federal budget is about priorities and values – and it’s about choices. The Congressional spending debate about funding for Fiscal Year 2012 features proposals that drastically cut programs that are critical to the well-being of Massachusetts’ children and their families.

At MCC we agree that Congress must begin to take steps to bring our fiscal house in order so that we don’t leave our children and our grandchildren with an overwhelming burden. And we agree that Congress should act to provide a foundation for long-term growth and shared prosperity.  The real question is how we can achieve these goals without stripping our most vulnerable populations of services and support that they so desperately need. (Read More…)


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Number of Low-Income Mass KIDS
Jumped by 15,000 between 2008 and 2009


Child poverty is the single greatest threat to child well-being and success. Children who live in poverty suffer from food insecurity and lack access to quality health care and education. Each year, child poverty reduces productivity and economic output by about 1.3 percent of GDP.  Economists have estimated that child poverty costs the U.S. $500 billion a year in lost productivity in the labor force and spending on health care and the criminal justice system.


In 2009, there were 385,000, or 27% the Commonwealth’s children living at 200% of the poverty level, or in families of four earning or $44,700 - not enough to afford basic necessities in the Commonwealth. This is 15,000 more children than the previous year.  In addition,

  • 87,778 or 6% of MA children are living in extreme poverty with families earning just $11,175.
  • 186,000 or 13% of MA children are living in poverty with families who earn just $22,350.

The Massachusetts KIDS COUNT Data Center collects the latest data on child poverty in Massachusetts. Click here to access health, education and economic indicators at the state and community level.

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Enough Abuse Campaign
Recognized by Children's Bureau



Join the movement: Enough Abuse CampaignThe federal Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  have selected the Enough Abuse Campaign on child sexual abuse prevention as one of 12 national projects that will be highlighted in June at a national conference whose aim is to build the effort to prevent child maltreatment in the U.S. 


The Enough Abuse Campaign is a comprehensive community engagement and citizen education initiative led by Massachusetts Citizens for Children and the Massachusetts Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership, a collaboration of over 20 public and private organizations. The Campaign works at the state and community levels to prevent persons from sexually abusing children today, and children and youth from developing sexually abusive behaviors in the future. Visit www.masskidsbuse.org to learn more. 

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Ms. Foundation Announces New Funding Grants


Ms. Foundation logoThe Ms. Foundation for Women has awarded the Enough Abuse Campaign a grant of $75,000 which will allow it to take its child sexual abuse prevention program to new Massachusetts communities.


Currently the Campaign is operating in the 8-town North Quabbin area, Newton-Waltham, Gloucester/Cape Ann, Greater Lowell and in western rural counties.  Discussions are underway now with leaders on the Cape and in Springfield and Haverhill who are eager to help build the movement to prevent child sexual abuse in their communities. Visit the "Get Connected" section of www.masskidsbuse.org to learn about current efforts and to "Join the Movement!"


Read the Ms. Foundation's blog on "Bringing Child Sexual Abuse out Of the Shadows" Click Here

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Photo of Dr. Harvey KarpRoll Over Dr. Spock!


Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby and The Happiest Toddler book and DVD series, joins Massachusetts Citizens for Children and Isis Parenting for a 2-hour event this Thursday, May 5th in Hanover where he will translate serious science into entertaining prose to help you soothe and calm your infant and/or toddler. His discovery of the “Calming Reflex” can help soothe even the fussiest babies and help them sleep an extra 1-3 hours a night. Dr. Karp will also discuss how certain ways of communicating with children 8 months to 5 years of age can prevent 50-90% of tantrums and boost children's patience and cooperation in just days!


Proceeds from the event will benefit Massachusetts Citizens for Children. Seating is limited so reserve now at www.masskids.org.


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Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Center logoUpdate on Shaken Baby Prevention Quilt Project


Families affected by Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma are working with MCC to produce a quilt to commemorate child victims of SBS and to raise awareness across the state about how to eliminate this devastating yet preventable form of child abuse. If you know of a family who would like to design a square to honor their child affected by SBS, please have them visit www.masskids.org for more details. Quilting supplies and assistance by expert quilters are provided at no cost.


Unveiling of the SBS Commemorative Quilt is planned at MCC's 5th Annual Stroll for Shaken Baby Prevention to be held later this fall. The Quilt will be made available for display at the State House, in hospitals, schools, malls, and other public places across the State to continue building awareness about SBS and its prevention.

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Congressional District Data Available
On Children at our KIDS COUNT Data Center


Massachusetts Kids Count

Did you know …?

  • Congressional District 5, (north from Hudson to Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill) has the largest number of children (163,000) under age 18 in the state.
  • Congressional District 2 (Central South MA, including Northampton, Springfield, Longmeadow, Southbridge, Wilbraham, and Uxbridge) has the largest number of children under 18 (30,000) in poverty.
  • Congressional District 8 (from Chelsea, Somerville, Cambridge to Roxbury and Dorchester) has the largest percentage of children in poverty, with one out of every four children in poverty. In District 8, one in two children lives in a single-parent household, and more than one in ten children have difficulty speaking English. Download table showing key indicators of child well-being by Congressional District. Click Here  

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View the Interactive Poverty Map where you can see the poverty rates for your district organized by race, gender and age.
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