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View 2017 news release(s):
(More coming soon!)
New!! Every day is not “Children’s Day” - 05/11/17

2017 proclamation(s):
New!! Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's 2017 Proclamation

2016 proclamation(s):
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's 2016 Proclamation
Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora, Illinois
Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Illinois

2016 news release(s):
Churches and Denominations Support Children’s Day - 06/08/16
With Mother’s Day a few days away… Why not Children’s Day - 05/04/16

Reminder: Alaska sets date into law... 2015 Press Release
Note...Illinois (2010) and Massachusetts have statues for the day.

(06/02/15) from the Los Angeles Times: In Theory: What do you think of National Children’s Day?

Alaska to establish Children’s Day
(04/22/15) Legislature Makes Second Sunday in June Children’s Day in Alaska

View 2015 proclamations:
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's 2015 Proclamation (Sorry for the delay... coming soon!)
New!! Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora, Illinois
Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Illinois

View 2015 legislation:
New!! Alaska legislation setting Children’s Day as Second Sunday in June

2015 news release(s):
Nation Prepares for Children’s Day on Sunday - 06/11/15
Churches and Denominations Support Children’s Day - 06/04/15
With Mother’s Day now past… Why not Children’s Day - 05/18/15
With Mother’s Day a few days away… Why not Children’s Day - 04/20/15

View 2014 proclamations:
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn again proclaims June 8 Children’s Day
as does
Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora, Illinois &
Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Illinois

Quincy (Mass.) 6-year-old helps make Sunday a local holiday for kids - The Patriot Ledger
Children's Day in Jay June 7 - GreatLakeNews.com

The Children’s Day Triathlon - Bethseda, Maryland

5 Ways to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders - Helen Keller International

National Children’s Day: Sentimental & silly quotes about children - examiner.com


Fun!

Huntington, WV Celebrate Children’s Day at Ritter Park (2013 Photo Gallery)

Letters to the Editor
& more

(06/06/14) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Caring for our kids
(06/07/14) - The Advocate Celebrate Children’s Day
(06/09/13) - examiner.com Happy Children’s Day: Celebrating America's most precious resource
(06/05/13) - Herald News Children’s Day meant to be celebrated
(06/02/13) - Feliciana Explorer Celebrate Children’s Day Sunday, June 9
(05/29/12) - Chicago Sun-Times: Churches could help expand preschool education

More!

Commentary from Rev. Dr. Lillian Capehart: Pray for our children

Now on Facebook… be a fan! Facebook page.

Here are 10 Ideas for America’s Churches on “Children’s Day”

Puzzle & Bumper Stickers:

Some Endorsements:

 

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Welcome…

The websites www.NationalChildrensDay.us and www.ChildrensDay.us are portals for the expansion and revival of Children’s Day on the second Sunday in June (2017 - June 11 ) in the United States, by giving faith, hope, love, and commitment to our children.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner presents 2013 proclamatioin to John Ross

Photo Right: Aurora (IL) Alderman Bill Donnell presents a 2016 proclamation for “Children’s Day” from Mayor Tom Weisner to Kiwanis Club of Aurora President Clyde Shields and Children’s Day advocate John Ross holds a proclamation from Governor Bruce Rauner. Donnell and Ross are also members of the Aurora club.

Americans recognize Mother’s Day, Father’s Day... so why not a national Children’s Day? A day that revives, celebrates, and commits to our children and their future. Committments cards; along with local, state, and national recognition are all part of this day... a day that has deep historical roots in America.

Help spread the word about Children’s Day 2017!

News Release


Every day is not “Children’s Day”

Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reasons for a special day


Batavia, Ill., May 11, 2017 — When someone is asked, “Why not have Children’s Day?” you may have heard this reply: “Every day is children’s day.”

Yes, children need to feel loved and accepted every day. However, it also is important for them to have their own special day.

John Ross, advocate for Children’s Day on the second Sunday in June (June 11, 2017), is part of a growing movement spear-headed by the website www.nationalchildrensday.us, which hopes attitudes of Americans will change regarding a special day for children. He notes that American families and the entire country need this day to love, evaluate, and commit to the betterment of our children.

Here are a few statistics that show the care our children must have. By establishing a National Children’s Day in the United States, these concerns can be brought to the forefront:

Most nations of the world have a special day for children. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Day

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations..Source: ChildHelp.org

A staggering 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the United States. Source: AIR.org

A reversal may happen, but...Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, and the Children’s Health insurance Program (CHIP), 95 percent of children in America have health coverage – an historic high. - See more at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/health/#sthash.6i4zXfot.dpuf Source: ChildrensDefense.org

Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. Source: DoSomething.org

Report... Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education Source: fcd-us.org

Since 2007, the governor of the state of Illinois has proclaimed the second Sunday in June to be “Children’s Day.” The cities of Aurora, Ill.; Batavia, Ill.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Vancouver, Wash.; and other such cities have issued past proclamations too.

Children’s Day observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The day to celebrate children dates from the 1860s and earlier. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended that the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the “the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day.”

Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in June.

Numerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of the Nazarene.

The Children’s Day website, www.nationalchildrensday.us, offers helps and also challenges parents, individuals, churches/houses of worship, schools/places of education, government/community and businesses to sign commitment cards directed at affirming America’s children. They pledge to “commit myself (ourselves), in the coming year, to love, cherish, nurture (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual needs), and affirm...” They also can make a commitment beyond America to the world’s children.

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Feature: Children’s Day song

Mr. Dan developed a national Children’s Day song that was released in 2006 and was revised in 2011.
Hear Mr. Dan’s “I Love Being A Kid.” Visit Mr. Dan at http://www.howareyoumrdan.com/.

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