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Imagine West Virginia Supports 'The #1 Question' Campaign

In January, 2011, Imagine West Virginia (IWV) participated in a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Prevent Child Abuse WV (PCAWV) coalition to encourage lawmakers to make children a priority during the legislative session.  PCAWV’s breakfast theme revolved around its recent statewide campaign to get parents, citizens and policymakers to use the question “Is it good for children?” as a litmus test for action.  

PCAWV has worked tirelessly to promote public awareness, education and investments in child welfare and many prominent members of the organization were among the first to line up and support IWV’s 2009 early child campaign. Continuing these relationships, IWV was privileged to be asked to make contributions to the day’s gathering and to use the platform to once again highlight the importance of lawmakers making early child investments a priority.

More than 61 individuals attended the one-hour session, 16 of which were legislators that dropped by to receive remarks.  Presenters included:

    • Stephen Jones, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Board President of TEAM for WV Children
    • Dr. Joan Phillips, Women & Children’s Hospital of the Charleston
    • Area Medical Center AMC, WV American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Kim Tieman, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
    • Rick Remish, Imagine West Virginia

Each presenter briefly offered observations on the critical importance of public support for early child programs.  IWV delivered general remarks about its 2009 “Right and Smart” campaign and cited specific examples about key research from entities, like the Federal Reserve Bank, that early child investments maintain an incredible rate of return (ROI) per dollar expenditure.  IWV also highlighted the policy recommendations of “Right and Smart,” including its endorsement of expanding In-Home Family Education (IHFE) services to more West Virginia families.  Finally, IWV’s participation created an opportunity to distribute dozens of copies of the “Right and Smart” campaign and engage old and new early child advocates and acquaintances about the work.

To learn more about PCAWV’s 2011 campaign, click here to web access. To review fact sheets about “The #1 Question” campaign, click here, here and here. To see PCAWV’s 2011 budget request to lawmakers, click here. To review supplementary materials that were designed to educate and inform policymakers about why investments in early child programs are wise, responsible and economical ways to protect and support the development, health, well-being and success of West Virginia children, click here.

For more information about the work of the PCAWV, contact Mr. Jim McKay, State Coordinator, via phone (304/697-0340) or email (jim@teamwv.org).