More children live in poverty in Southeastern Pennsylvania than could pack the stadiums if the Eagles and Phillies played home games at the same time. Go to Wildwood, NJ, on a busy summer weekend and count the beachgoers; that’s still 100,000 short of the students attending underfunded schools in the region. And more than 27,000 local children don’t have health insurance.
Parents are THE experts on how public policies affect their children. Too often they lack the skills to effectively engage in the civic arena. PCCY has been training parents to do just that for decades. Now more parents want to learn the tools of engagement than we can support.
Well-trained parent advocates can accelerate the pace of change. Guided to effectively share their stories, parents can make their elected representatives understand how their policies fall short and press them to act on what needs to be done about it.