Child Advocacy Day is an annual event where advocates meet in Jefferson City to fight for legislative support for policies that support and uplift Missouri children and families.
We believe all Missouri children deserve to:
- feel safe and secure in their homes and in our communities
- have access to quality early care and education
- have access health and mental services
- receive a quality K-12 education that prepares them for college and career
- have the support they need to become healthy and successful adults.
Activities at Child Advocacy Day include:
- Meeting with legislators
- Attending workshops on current legislative and budget issues affecting children and families
- Rallying at the Capitol with hundreds of advocates from around the state
- Visiting exhibits and networking with professionals in the children and family services sector
- Recognizing Child Advocate of the Year awardees
Why do we advocate for Missouri’s children and their families?
- 278,000 live in families with incomes less than the Federal Poverty Level (Missouri Kids Count)
- 297,000 children under the age of 6 need child care (Childcare Aware of America, 2017 State Child Care Facts)
- 289,000 live in homes that experience food insecurity (Missouri Kids Count)
- 69,000 children lack health insurance (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- 96,900 children were reported to be abused or neglected (DSS 2015 Annual Report)
- 5,615 students dropped out of school in 2017. This is enough students to fill 225 classrooms. (MO DESE Comprehensive Data System)