Op-Ed: Jay Sicklick – Security for Children during Coronavirus Crisis
March 12, 2020
How to provide children with food security, educational access, income support and health care access during the coronavirus crisis
By JAY SICKLICK
SPECIAL TO HARTFORD COURANT | MAR 12, 2020
… let’s not forget who are most vulnerable as activities, schools and much of our cities shut down: children and youth who are low-income, who reside in state care or who have recently come to this country seeking safety and opportunity.
It is our moral, ethical and legal duty to advocate for our youngest residents, especially when emergency policies designed to protect public health can subsequently have devastating consequences for those at risk.
To address the unique needs of this population, the Center for Children’s Advocacy proposes that the state immediately enact four policies designed to address the critical areas that touch all children’s lives, namely: food security, educational access, income support, and health care access.