For release: October 14, 2010
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson, 901/678-4164
The Center for Multimedia Arts (CMA) at the University of Memphis, in partnership
with the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth (OECY), is among a small
group of innovators from an international field to outline game-changing proposals
to significantly improve the wellbeing of children. The results are now available
in Big Ideas: Game-Changers for Children, a compilation of creative solutions to help develop a national agenda for children’s
rights, published by First Focus, a D.C.-based, bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated
to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.
In their essay, “Change in Sight: Child Well-Being As a Policy Development Framework,”
Michael Schmidt, CMA director, and Julie Coffey, OECY deputy director, detail a strategy
to improve circumstances and opportunities for children in the Mid-South by creating
and implementing Shelby County’s Child Impact Statement Reporting System (SHELBY),
a web-based software application that evaluates the effectiveness of policy decisions
on behalf of children. SHELBY (Safety, Health, Education, and Land-use Decisions on
Behalf of Children and Youth) is administered by OECY, which partnered with the CMA
to develop and design the application.
First Focus provides copies of Big Ideas: Game-Changers for Children to all members of Congress, their staffs, candidates for federal office, the media,
the children’s advocacy community, and state advocates. Select contributors to the
book, including Michael Schmidt and Julie Coffey, will present their briefings to
Congress as well as U.S. governors and mayors at separate upcoming events.
For more information and to request a free copy of the book, visit http://www.firstfocus.net/