Magazine article Children's Voice

Dear Friend of Children

Magazine article Children's Voice

Dear Friend of Children

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For most children, the work of self-expression begins with a hand dipped in paint and pressed to paper-the simple image of five fingers in brilliant color. In the years that follow, that child's raw talent and affinity for artistic creation may grow to incorporate other media like clay, charcoal, string, and perhaps computer software tools yet to be designed.

In the same way, CWLAs work to provide for the needs of all children begins with five universal needs-the basics (such as food and shelter), relationships, opportunities, safety, and healing. As we see it, a child's ability to learn, to grow, and to become a happy, fulfilled adult, all derive from these simple needs that all children share. In the last year, we have established specific principles to guide our work, including competence, accountability, responsiveness, diversity, collaboration, integrated efforts, and prevention. These principles form the backbone of our strategic plan, which we've begun implementing over the last year. Our goal is to make children a national priority, and we believe we have taken steps to do just that. Through our 1,100 member agencies and ongoing work each and every day in hundreds of communities across America, we are making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

We are listening to our member agencies and, with their input in hand, we are leading the field in achieving better outcomes for children and families with limited opportunities. We are calling on the media and politicians to devote their attention to the needs of our nation's children at the national, state, and local level. …

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