Children's Defense Fund Update
March 13,1998
In This Issue:
-- Child Care
-- Family Income
-- Conference
*** Child Care ***
The Senate Budget Committee is expected to begin consideration of the 
Budget Bill on Tuesday, March 17.  The Committee is expected to 
reserve funds for tobacco-related issues in the budget.  Child care 
must be listed in the tobacco reserve in order to ensure that funds 
are available for a major child care investment package this year.  
The link between tobacco and child care is clear: Good child care and 
after-school programs play a critical role in building healthy 
foundations and reducing tobacco and drug use, and studies show that 
children left home alone are significantly more likely to smoke 
There are three critical parties to the Budget negotiations process:  
the White House, and the Democratic and Republican Budget Committee 
Members.  Please call the White House today and urge that the 
administration reaffirm it's strong commitment to child care during 
these negotiations.  The White House needs to make clear to Senate 
Budget Committee leaders that mandatory (monetary funds that are 
guaranteed to the states) spending for child care is a number one 
-- White House --
Call the White House TODAY at: (202) 456-1414.  (Stay on the line to 
speak with an operator and request that the message be written down.)  
Or you can e-mail this message to the White House at: 
* Message to the White House:  The President's strong leadership on 
child care is essential in the budget negotiations.  It is important 
that the White House insist that child care be included in the tobacco 
reserve in the Senate budget.  Mandatory money is necessary to ensure 
that the President's strong child care proposal translates into real 
help for America's children and families.
 -- Senate Budget Committee Members -- 
It is also important that Senators on the Budget Committee hear about 
the importance of including child care in the tobacco reserve 
language.  Without being included in the tobacco reserve, it will be 
very difficult to fund a comprehensive child care package.
* If you live in a state with a Senator who is a member of the Budget 
Committee (see list below), please call (202) 224-3121 by Tuesday, 
March 17th to deliver the following message to your Senator:  "The 
Budget Bill must include child care in the tobacco reserve language to 
ensure funding to improve the quality and affordability of child care 
and after-school experiences for all children."
Members of the Senate Budget Committee: 
Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), 
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Spencer Abraham (R-MI), 
Rod Grams (R-MN), Kit Bond (R-MO), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Judd Gregg 
(R-NH), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (Ranking Member), Pete Domenici (R-NM) 
(Chair), Don Nickles (R-OK), Gordon Smith (R-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), 
Ernest Hollings (D-SC) (Ranking Member),  Tim Johnson (D-SD), Bill 
Frist (R-TN), Phil Gramm (R-TX), Slade Gorton (R-WA), Patty Murray 
(D-WA), Russ Feingold (D-WI).
*** Family Income ***
The Children's Defense Fund encourages you to register today for the 
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) welfare audio conferences.  
In 1996, Aid to Families and Dependent Children (AFDC) was eliminated 
and replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 
block grant. Emerging state experiences, new research findings, and 
recommendations regarding a range of critical implementation topics 
will be explored by the experts on CLASP's  "Welfare: 1998 
Implementation" audio conferences Fridays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
Topics include: How are states addressing the myriad of implementation 
issues related to TANF: child care, child support, prevention of 
unintended pregnancy, job creation and more?  Does the dramatic 
decline in caseloads mean welfare reform is working?  Does the answer 
differ depending upon whether your perspective is the state? the city? 
the neighborhood?
For more details on this week's and subsequent sessions and/or to 
register, visit the CLASP website at: , or call 
the CLASP Audio Conference Hotline at: 202/797-6535.  This is a great 
way for all of your staff to hear the latest information, or for your 
organization to bring together other groups around a speaker phone to 
discuss developments.  
*** Children's Defense Fund Annual Conference ***
The Children's Defense Fund Annual National Conference is this month, 
March 25-28, 1998, in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles 
Convention Center.  The theme, Celebrating 25 Years of Standing For 
America's Children, builds on a quarter-century anniversary of 
advocacy and service on behalf of children and young people.  
The conference is an opportunity to learn new skills, to network, and 
to be inspired by the work advocates are doing around the country.  
Conference participants will be able to choose from more than 100 
workshops and twelve all-day skills-building sessions covering topics 
including working with the media, welfare implementation, non-profit 
management, and technology training. And this year, for the first time 
ever, continuing education credits are available to attendees.  
* The intensive day-long, concentrated skills-building training 
sessions for child advocates on March 25th are quickly filling up to 
capacity.  Please consult your registration brochure or visit the CDF 
website at:  for more information on the 
training sessions.  The following training sessions still have a few 
spots available, so hurry and register for a training session today!
Training Sessions Still Open for Registration:
"Monitoring Welfare Implementation in Your Community"
"Communicating Through the Media"
"Technology Planning for You"
"Hands-on Technology Training"
"Protecting Our Children's Health"
"Spiritual Renewal for Child Advocates"
"National Child Care Campaign 1998"
"Raising Money for Your Organization in Competitive Times"
"Devolution: Defining State and Local Programs for Children"
"Equipping a New Generation of Leaders (for advocates ages 18-30)"
"Adolescent Rites of Passage: Establishing Programs for the 
Transformation of Today's Youth"
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Kimberly Taylor
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202/662-3540 (fax)

"What is done to children, they will do to society." --Karl Menninger