News Flash!

On Air Radio Interview
Melissa Harrison
KRLD Dallas/Ft. Worth - 06/08/18
(MP3 Audio)

In The Media
Newsweek 06/09/19
National Children's Day: Charities to Donate to,
History and Facts About Day to Celebrate Future Generations

Worth Reading
Chicago Sun-Times
op-ed 06/10/22

We must make children our priority by David McGrath

2022 news release(s):
Kids Need “Children’s Day” - 06/01/22
Kids Still Need “Children’s Day” - 06/09/22

2022 proclamation(s):
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke's 2022 Proclamation
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker 2022 Proclamation

2021 news release:
“Children’s Day” during a pandemic crisis - 06/07/21

2020 news release:
“Children’s Day” during a pandemic - 06/08/20

2019 news release:
Reminder: Every day is not “Children’s Day” - 05/29/19

2020 proclamation:
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke's 2020 Proclamation

2018 news release(s):
Every day is not “Children’s Day” - 05/11/18
America Prepares for “Children’s Day” Coming Next Sunday - 06/01/18

2018 proclamation(s):
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's 2018 Proclamation
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke's 2018 Proclamation
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin's 2018 Proclamation
Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski's 2018 Proclamation

From National Foundation for Women Legislators - June 10
Help NFWL Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking on National Children's Day.

From Washington Post - Esther J. Cepeda
When will America stop hurting children? - May 30, 2018

From Mother Nature Network - 04/27/17
Why doesn't the U.S. have a Children's Day?

Little Rock, AR... Coming June 9-11
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Community Basketball Tournament

View 2017 news release(s):
Nation Prepares for “Children’s Day” Coming Next Sunday - 06/02/17
Every day is not “Children’s Day” - 05/11/17

2017 proclamation(s):
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin's 2017 Proclamation
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke's 2017 Proclamation
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 -

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 -


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) - 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


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:


Children's Day logo

Welcome… #KidsNeedChildrensDay

The websites and are portals for the expansion and revival of Children’s Day on the second Sunday in June (2022 - June 12) in the United States, by giving faith, hope, love, and commitment to our children.

Proclamations at Kiwanis

Photo Right: Display of proclamations...(L) Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin displays City of Aurora mayoral proclamation, Kiwanis Club of Aurora President John Ross and Children’s Day advocate; 2018 proclamation for “Children’s Day” from Governor Bruce Rauner is held by Aurora Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson; Bill Donnell - Immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora holds a proclamation from Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke.

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 2022!

See John's NEW commentary on Children’s Day 2022...
coming soon!

News Release

Kids Need “Children’s Day”
•  Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reasons for a special day

BATAVIA, Ill., June 1, 2022— It is a week before Father’s Day. Children’s Day 2022 is set for Sunday June 12. It is a day that America is missing.

John Ross, advocate for Children’s Day, #KidsNeedChildrensDay, on the second Sunday in June, notes “The tragic events in Texas over the last week show that our country needs a deeper commitment to its children. Yes, kids need Children’s Day. Our commitment as individuals and a community is to love our children on this special Sunday and throughout the year. This is a call to action.”

Ross is part of an informal grass-roots movement spear-headed by the website This site and many others hope the attitude of Americans will change regarding a special day for children. And building on this hope is commitment to ongoing 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 forefront:
• Most nations of the world have a special day for children. (Listing of 93 countries)
• Every year more than 4 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 4.3 million children (a referral can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations
• 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. (2015)
• In 2019, an estimated 5.7 percent of children under age 19 (nearly 4.4 million) were uninsured—an increase of 320,000 more children without health insurance since 2018 (see Table 13). This is the third year in a row the number of uninsured children has grown and it is the largest annual increase in more than a decade.
•The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.

• Report... Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education

Governors of the state of Illinois have proclaimed the second Sunday in June to be “Children’s Day.” The cities of Aurora, Ill.; Batavia, Ill.; Yorkville, Ill..; and other such cities have issued past proclamations as well.

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.
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, Reformed Church in America, and the Church of the Nazarene.

The Children’s Day website,, offers help and 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. Pledging to “commit myself/ourselves, in the next year, to love, cherish, nurture (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual needs) and affirm.”

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Illinois Proclamation 2022

Batavia Proclamation 2022

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

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