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This presentation was part of a graduate class on international perspectives on children. In comparasion to other industrialized nations, we stink.

This presentation was part of a graduate class on international perspectives on children. In comparasion to other industrialized nations, we stink.

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    • THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Jackie L. Taylor FCD 5352 Fall 2006
    • Find slide of the USA
    • Top 10 Most Populous Countries Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base
    • People per Square Mile Source: CIA World Fact Book
    • Economics in the US
      • Capitalist Economy
      • Capitalist vs. Socialist
      • Free market system
      • #1 industrial power in the world
    • Source: World Economic Forum. Report: United States in 6 th Place in the World Economic Forums’ 2006 Competitiveness Rankings.
    • Among industrialized nations, the United States ranks:
      • 1 st in Military technology;
      • 1 st in military exports
      • 1 st in the number of millionaires and billionaires;
      • 12 th in living standards among our poorest one-fifth of children;
      • 14 th in efforts to lift children out of poverty
      • 18 th in the percent of children in poverty
      • 23 rd in infant mortality
      • Last in protecting children against gun violence
      • Source: Children’s Defense Fund. The State of America’s children, 2004
    • 2006 US Budget Source: GPOAccess.gov
    • Dept. of Health and Human Services
      • Mentoring Children of Prisoners – 50 M
      • Supporting Healthy Marriages & Responsible Fatherhood- 240 M (100M from TANF)
      • Abstinence Only Education 204M
      • TANF Reauthorized in 2006
      • Head Start – 6.9 B (Still not re-authorized…last action in Senate was 08/05
    • Child Care and Development Block Grant
      • 5 Billion authorized in FY2006 budget
        • 4% on quality initiatives
        • 170M in quality expansion
        • 98M Infant and toddler initiatives
        • 19M School-age initiatives
        • 10M Child Care research
        • 10M Child care research
        • ¼% Technical Assistance
          • NCCIC
          • Healthy Child Care America
    • Department of Education
      • Reading First/Early Reading First 1.1B with ERF 104M
      • Title I – 603M
      • 21 st Century Community Learning Centers – 991M
    • Children living in low-income families, by race/ethnicity, 2005 Source: National Center for Children in Poverty (2006)
    • Children living in low-income and poor families, by age group, 2005 Source: National Center for Children in Poverty (2006)
    • Source; Children’s Defense Fund State of America’s Children 2005
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    • US Government
      • Democratic System of government
      • Three branches of government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial
      • Electoral College vs. majority vote
    • Human Rights
      • FY 2005 – 1.4 billion dollars budgeted for human rights
      • 10M of this provided for UN Democracy Fund
      • Does not address issues at home
      • US criticized globally for
        • Abu Graib;
        • Attempt to re-define the Geneva Convention;
        • Endorsement of water torture in interrogation
        • Number of executions
    • Family Policy
      • US has no comprehensive family policy
      • US Index of Social health has declined; lowest it has been in six years. UK has also declined.
      • US has not ratified the Convention on the rights of the child; Only other country is Somalia.
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    • Source: The State of the World’s Children. 2005. UNICEF
    • Parenting
      • Parental Leave – 12 weeks unpaid- employers of 50 or more people
      • Increase funding for fatherhood initiatives
      • Mothers continue to be primary caretakers
      • Spanking acceptable
    • CHILD CARE IN THE UNITED STATES For-profit Child Care Non-profit child care Faith-based Child care Military Child Care President of the United States US Department of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, Secretary US Department of Education Margaret Spellings, Secretary Head Start Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Preschool Texas Education Agency Texas Workforce Commission Local Head start grantees Local Workforce Development Boards Independent School Districts
    • Early Care and Education
      • CCDBG- only aids one in seven eligible children receive federal child care assistance.
      • Head Start serves less than 60 percent of eligible preschoolers are enrolled in Head Start.
      • Early Head Start serves 1 in 20 eligible children due to budget cuts.
      • Source: Results.org
    • Source; Children’s Defense Fund State of America’s Children 2005
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    • In Summary……
      • More working families falling into poverty
      • Less money for social services
      • Good-paying jobs outsourced
      • Human rights violations increasing
      • The test of the morality of a society is what it does for it’s children.
      • ~ Dietrich Bonheoffer, German Protestant Theologian