The Children's Agenda

The Rochester community is seeing improvements in the annual report card that tracks key measures for children in the city, but there are still challenges. That’s the gist of the annual report card from ROC the Future, which is a public private partnership consisting of government and community organizations.

Larry Marx is CEO of the group called The Children’s Agenda, and he says this report card shows that the number of four year olds enrolled in Pre-K and Head Start has grown to nearly 97 percent.

It could take a decade before community agencies in Rochester are able to see the fruits of their labor in helping city kids succeed from birth to college and career. That’s according to Leonard Brock, Alliance Director for the ROC the Future community-wide initiative. Need to Know Rochester digs into a new Report Card released by ROC the Future grading how the city is doing in helping improve student outcomes.

Also on the show, religious leaders of all denominations and faiths are coming together this weekend to advocate for under-served children in the region. And a look at Fashion Week of Rochester – its mission and its message.

"Dismantling Rochester's Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline"

Jun 13, 2013

Children advocates are coming together Thursday to discuss ways to protect Rochester's youth from a life of crime. 

The Children's Defense Fund of New York and the Children's Agenda are hosting the discussion being held at the Thomas P. Ryan Center on Webster Avenue from 3pm-5pm.

Need to Know Rochester: VOTE for KIDS New York

Sep 7, 2012

According to The Children's Agenda in Rochester, children represent 24% of the nation's population and 100% of the nation's future.  But the advocacy group says the needs of children are being ignored by politicians as they debate the issues this election season.  In response, the organization is joining several other groups to launch an initiative called VOTE for KIDS New York.  Need to Know Rochester host Julie Philipp talks with President Jeffrey Kaczorowski and Executive Director Larry Marx.