NAAG Gets Support to Reduce Crime Through Early Education and Child Care

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national non-profit anti-crime organization, has awarded NAAG a $10,000 grant to foster efforts on effective strategies to reduce crime and violence through early education and childhood care programs. NAAG’s education and awareness activities under the grant will include distribution of articles and materials on these programs as a tool to prevent child abuse and neglect, press events at NAAG meetings highlighting the importance of early childhood programs and participation in the development of a research brief focused on the crime prevention aspects of these programs. This is the third grant NAAG has received from the organization.

“Preventing child abuse and neglect is a vital concern for Attorneys General across the country,” said Hedda Litwin, NAAG Cyberspace Law counsel. “The National Association of Attorneys General welcomes the support from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids so that we may assist our members in this effort.”

At least 20 Attorneys General are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and have been active in their support of the organization’s initiatives. For example, NAAG President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch met with congressional leaders to urge increased federal funding for the Head Start program and Child Care Development Block grants as part of the effort to stimulate the economy. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has urged Congress to expand the federal child tax credit as a way to reduce crime. Additionally, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have both supported studies by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids that indicate federal funding for early childhood programs is insufficient to cover many of the eligible children in their states.

Additional information about the organization can be found on its Web site, http://www.fightcrime.org.

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