Executive Director E-News 2-26-16: A Children's Agenda


I’ve been doing some “decluttering” in my house and came across a book called “Cleveland’s Child – A Challenge for our Future.” Published in 1994 by The Junior League of Cleveland and the Children’s Defense Fund Greater Cleveland Project, the book is a 40 page compilation of important statistics about the state of children living in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  The book was intended to be a call to action. It was to be a first step in ensuring that a children’s agenda became the community’s agenda.

I was curious to see if any change had occurred. Here is sample
of what I found:

Child Poverty Rates (Cuyahoga County)

1988 19.7%

2011 29.0%

Infant Mortality (City of Cleveland)

1988: 16.9 deaths per 1,000 live births

2013: 13 (national average is 6)

Ninth Grade Children to Graduate from High School in the City of Cleveland School District

1990: 36.1%

2011: 63%

Cases of Child Abuse or Neglect (Cuyahoga County)

1988 – 9,842

2012 - 13,160

Some improvement is noted yet much work remains to be done. We still need to ensure that a children’s agenda is the community’s agenda. As I looked at the photographs of the children in various community settings, I wondered are any of these children now adults and clients of the WSCC. I suspect there are a few.

Final Reminder: The Friends of the WSCC is a group of very committed women who raise funds for Moriah House, the Women and Children’s Shelter and provide other needed items to the residents. This year they are holding their 28th Annual WOMEN HELPING WOMEN event on Sunday, March 6th at LaCentre Banquet Facility. There is a boutique, silent auction, amazing baskets, and raffles. It is always a wonderful event. Over the past 27 years the group has raised almost $1,000,000 for Moriah House. Reservations are available. For more information call Evelyn Allen at 440-871-6681.  

As always, thank you for reading.