A: Children make up 21 percent of our population and represent 100 percent of our future, yet they have no voice in government because they cannot vote. A dedicated funding source helps ensure a stable, recurring source of dollars for children's services.
Still, some people ask: Aren’t we already paying taxes for this?
No, not really. Most public dollars spent to benefit children go toward traditional education (such as public school). That’s vital, but children also need a host of other supports if they’re to grow up to become functioning, contributing members of society. They need good parenting, access to health care, and quality child care to nurture their development and ready them for school and life. They need social services that prevent abuse, neglect, crime, school failure and teen pregnancy. And they need quality after-school and summer camp programs because most parents work outside the home. Funding from The Children’s Trust supports these programs and services.
In recent years, state and local governments have significantly cut their budgets for services that support children and families. The results have been devastating. Children’s service councils, such as The Children’s Trust, were established to supplement and complement government funding – not to replace it. Due to these drastic cutbacks, The Children’s Trust has become an even more essential safety net for children and families in Miami-Dade.
Raising healthy children may well be our society’s most challenging and critical job. Early intervention and investment are crucial. Without good guidance and support, children often get lost, and lost children often become lost adults. A dedicated source of funding such as The Children’s Trust helps ensure that children receive at least some of the supports they need to have the chance to grow up to become contributing members of our community.