Write a summary of Parents' Action for Children website and Child Welfare League of America website.  Based on what is there, why do you think these organizations would belong to the Coalition on...

Write a summary of Parents' Action for Children website and Child Welfare League of America website.  Based on what is there, why do you think these organizations would belong to the Coalition on Human Needs?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The focal point for the Parents' Action for Children website is an advocacy for early childhood needs.  The organization's mission is to "raise awareness of and drive action around the critical importance of early childhood development and school readiness.  The website is organized around this purpose.  For example, the recognition of "National Kindergarten Day" or identifying which elected leaders have been advocates for early childhood initiatives are some of the website's aspects that support the organization's mission.  The website has drop down menus that explore what avenues businesses, parents, and educators can take to ensure that they are enhancing the experience of early childhood advancement in their own lives.  At the same time, the website features the presence of books and instructional materials which help to deliver the goal of validating the reality of early childhood growth in children.  At parentsaction.org, members of the public can gain insight into why early childhood is important and steps that can be taken in their own lives to illuminate such a reality.

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) takes a similar position of zealous advocacy.  The website greets individuals with a purpose that serves to "engage all Americans in promoting the well-being of children and young people and protecting them from harm."  The organization strives for a vision where "families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and governments work together to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong."  The navigational elements of the website reflect this purpose.  The tabs on the left hand pane of the site feature focus on Special Initiatives as well as data driven research, both of which highlight the inherent harm that the organization seeks to redress.  The CWLA offers conferences and training opportunities in order to deliver its message to a wider audience, as well detail on what form its advocacy takes providing a domain where children and youth who may have experienced marginalization find some level of voice.

The Coalition on Human Needs represents a broad umbrella that could extend to both the Parents' Action group and the CWLA.  In its website, the coalition is direct about its intent:

The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition’s members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities.

In this paradigm, the Parents' Action coalition would belong to the Coalition on Human Needs.  It would belong because it seeks to "promote public policies" that address the reality of early childhood development, something that is often overlooked in public discourse and legislative intent.  In seeking to raise awareness to this "vulnerable population," its inclusion in the Coalition on Human Needs seems elemental. Such logic can extend into the realm of the CWLA.  The Coalition on Human Needs is driven by the "well being of children," which falls into the direct mission and purpose of the CWLA.  In both organizations, one sees direct actions that place them within the domain of the Coalition on Human Needs.

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