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Group to announce plan to help children in difficult economy

Finding more resources for children — even (or especially) in this difficult economic climate — is the goal of a new initiative to be announced Thursday by the Children’s Leadership Council.

The group says the economic crisis and the cuts made to balance the state budget will have a disproportional negative impact on Midwestern children. As the job market falters and unemployment rises, more children and families face the risk of poverty, increased stress in coping with job loss and tighter budgets, increased food insecurity, the loss of health insurance, and instability in housing and child care.

It’s new campaign, “Invest in Children, Strengthen America,” will pull together organizations and supporters to prepare children for school, work and life and to “build the public awareness and creating the political will necessary to make greater federal investments in America’s children and youth a reality.”

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