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

Guidelines for Initiating a Governor’s Proclamation…

  1. Begin this process as early as possible. Most states require AT LEAST one to two months advance notice. It is hoped that all proclamations can be made a week in advance of Children’s Day.
  2. Locate your state/territory from the “Contacts for State Governors” list. You will notice that some states/territories have a section a their websites entitled “guidelines.”
    • If specific guidelines are provided, continue with the steps below but follow the specific guidelines when applicable.
    • If no extra guidelines are provided, follow this general procedure exactly.
  3. Be sure to identify who is contacting your state’s governor’s office so requests don’t overlap.
  4. Try to identify a colleague who has access to the governor’s office. For example, a volunteer who may have been a key volunteer in the governor’s last campaign. Use those connections. Ask that individual for advice.
  5. Read over and use the sample state proclamation. Place the name of your state in the highlighted areas. Consider adding a statement on the role of children and children’s advocacy in your state’s history.
  6. Read over the sample cover letter. Fill in the highlighted areas with the necessary information. Select one individual to be the main contact for this project. Although many people will be involved, most governor offices will want to converse with only one individual. The selected individual should sign the cover letter and all of his or her contact information should be provided.
  7. Review the website and print out any appropriate news release or “About” material. Many governor offices want to understand the importance and significance of any event they are going to officially recognize. Including these documents in your request package should cover those concerns. However, be prepared to field any follow up questions that may come your way.
  8. Combine the cover letter, sample proclamation, and any other necessary materials into a sealed envelope.
  9. Send your request to the address provided in the “Contacts for State Governors” list. U.S. mail should be used unless another form of communication (fax, e-mail, etc) is mentioned in your state/territory guidelines.
  10. Consider making a follow-up call to the governor’s office if you receive no information within 2-3 weeks of sending your request.
  11. Seek publicity after the governor approves the proclamation. It is great to have a state adopt the proclamation; it is even better to have the local newspaper report the action. Send a representative to the meeting when the proclamation is being adopted. Frequently, the governor’s office will present a quality copy to an appropriate recipient. Take photos. Also, disseminate your Children’s Day proclamation news release (contact if you need help) to the appropriate news media in your state. Try to have a photo and news release in your endorsing organization’s newsletter, or other appropriate publications.
  12. Be sure to send a follow-up thank you to the governor for the proclamation.
  13. Keep good records of what works and what doesn’t work this year, whom you contacted, and who made contacts in your state.
  14. Please send copies of all proclamations and publicity to: Children’s Day, c/o Daybreak Communications, P.O. Box 414, Batavia, IL 60510-0414.

Special Guidelines for State Legislatures

If you know a member of the state legislature personally, approach that person regarding passage of the proclamation. If you don’t have this connection, phone the state legislator’s office to determine the name of the staff person who handles proclamations or resolutions. When you talk with that person, make sure to stress your local connection. Offer the sample state resolution and sample cover letter. Find out if and when the legislature will pass the proclamation, and let the staff person know you are willing meet him/her or attend any related meeting in person or by your representative. Indicate your interest in gaining news coverage of the proclamation, and ask if there is a staff person who can assist you. If not, offer to take a photo to accompany the news release you will produce, then contact the local news media yourself.

Special Guidelines for Mayor’s Offices and Town/City Councils

Adapt the above guidelines to your local mayor and town/city council. Offer the appropriate sample city proclamation or sample city resolution; and sample cover letter.

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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