Secure the children

April 23, 2015

dr anI don’t know if you are aware or not, but there are a lot of people who are in the business of providing, educating, treating or dealing with children in one form or another. Many should not be in any business at all, es- pecially with children. It is not the children and positive outcomes that they seek to help or are interested in, but rather they are only in it for what they can get out of it… mainly money and job secu- rity. Sadly, each day reports from all across the nation are told by the media of children becoming victims in an end- less cycle of gun violence, beatings, abandonment, bul- lying, harassment, intimida- tion, incarceration, drugs, gangs and cruelty. It is one thing to be raised in poverty, homeless, no medical care, lack of education and a dys- functional family; but to deal with other conditions and people who have an ulterior motive is something else. In 2013 and after decades of research, the Annie E. Casey Foundation report, “Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” is a call for change and action. This kids policy report (up to age 8) highlights the best way to ensure a successful workforce in the future is to invest in early childhood development… now! This report also cites the best way to provide early learning for needy kids is by coordinat- ing family, school and community efforts. Addition- ally, this report is calling for policy change and that policymakers need to take a serious look at what needs to be done to address the issues and challenges in helping children to develop. With over 36 million children under 8 years old in America and with over 17 million (48 percent) living in low-income homes, the alarm bells are ringing. According to the report in Wisconsin, there are 644,576 youth under age 8, with 265,000 (42 percent) liv- ing in low-income homes. It is a fact that many of our children are in need of help, support, therapy, bet- ter schools, communities and homes. Our children also need to have caring adults around them for inspiration, mentoring, guidance and ac- ceptance. They deserve the opportunity to excel and to live in a world that allows them to grow to their full po- tential. The true wealth of any nation, city and commu- nity is how it takes care of its youngest residents. If we fail to provide for and secure the children, our future is at risk and the America you know of today will turn into a place of what was, has been and what a shame. What do you think? Dr. Andrew Calhoun, can be contacted at andrewiiicalhoun@, Twitter #AC53, and Facebook. You can hear Dr. Calhoun each Sunday at Grace Fellowship Church, 3879 N. Port Washington Rd. Milwaukee 414-265-5546. The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the writer and not of the Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper or NCON Com- munication, its staff or man- agement. “Rebuilding Our Community” is a weekly column exclusive to the Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper.