Children's Defense Fund Update
     May 5, 1998
     In This Issue:
     -- Child Care
     -- Children's Health
     *** Child Care ***
     --- IMPORTANT CHILD CARE VOTE COMING SOON! ---
     During the week of May 18th, the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill that 
     is key to our child care effort -- a Senate tobacco tax bill. This 
     tobacco tax bill is very important to our efforts to win a major 
     investment in  child care funding because it may include increased 
     funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  This 
     may be our best opportunity this year to win funding for a major 
     increase for child care.
     It is clear that by promoting children's healthy development and 
     learning and helping children make good choices, quality child care 
     programs are effective tools to reduce teen smoking. After school 
     programs have been found to be successful in reducing likelihood that 
     children, particularly preteens and teenagers from engaging in risky 
     behaviors like smoking and sex. However, an increase in funding for 
     the CCDBG will not be included in the Senate tobacco tax bill unless 
     we share this message with our Senators.
     Call your U.S. Senators today!  Here's the message: "Vote for child 
     care funding in the Senate tobacco bill when it comes to the floor on 
     May 18th.  This will help curb teen smoking and promote children's 
     healthy development."
     You can reach Senators by calling the U.S. Congressional switchboard 
     at 1-202/ 224-3121. The switchboard operator can help you identify 
     your Senators and connect you to deliver your message.  Please call as 
     soon as possible!
     *** Children's Health ***
     ---ADVOCATES TOOL KIT FOR STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM--
     ** NOW AVAILABLE -- Advocates Tool Kit for the new State Children's 
     Health Insurance Program.  Tool kits can be purchased from CDF's 
     publication department  for $4.95, plus $2.00 shipping. 
     This tool kit provides advocates with easy to use fact sheets, state 
     tables, and in- depth information on uninsured children across the 
     country. Order your copy today.  
     If you are interested in receiving a copy, please send a check to: 
     CDF Publications Division
     25 E Street, NW
     Washington, DC 20001
     Please include the a note with your check stating your check is for an 
     Advocates Tool Kit for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
     and an address where you would like us to send your tool kit.
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     Kimberly Taylor
     Children's Defense Fund
     25 E Street, NW
     Washington, DC 20001
     202/662-3540 (fax)
     CDFupdate@childrensdefense.org
     "Children are our most valuable natural resource." - Herbert Hoover

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