According to the Every Child Matters Education Fund millions of American children live in poverty, are alone every day after school, are without health insurance, have no early learning opportunities and are abused and neglected. The U.S. ranks 20th in child well-being among 21 rich democracies and federal spending on children are declining sharply as a percentage of the federal budget. To promote awareness of such issues and encourage government officials to adopt smart policies for children and youth, the Children’s Coalition of Indiana in partnership with over seventy statewide sponsors is taking action. They are inviting local businesses, schools, childcare centers and homes, congregations, libraries, community organizations to “Step Up and March for Kids in Indiana.”
On the statehouse steps at 10:00 a.m., October 5, 2009, the Children’s Coalition of Indiana will hold a press conference highlighting ways to better invest in Indiana’s children. Immediately following the press conference, participants will then March from the steps of the state capitol, around Monument Circle and back. The Children’s Coalition of Indiana will also make its 2009 Policy Agenda available to the press. The walk will start at 10:30, arriving at the circle at approximately 10:50 a.m. You are invited to join in the walk from the Statehouse steps, or to organize your own walk with kids and families. Decorate strollers, bicycles, signs and banners to add to the parade.
The downtown Indianapolis March, kicks of a week long celebration of events throughout Indiana in support of the national Step Up for Kids Effort. Capping off the week, on October 10th a Community Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Municipal Gardens, 1831 Lafayette Rd, Indianapolis. Families are encouraged to attend and visit the Book Mobile, meet members of the Indianapolis Fire Department and participate in the Fit City Obstacle Course. Various youth groups will be putting on performances as well throughout the day.