In January, I wrote about how important it is for the Academy to seize the opportunity America's current political climate presents to advance a National Agenda for Children. Key to our success in this effort will be joining forces with other groups who share our goal of ensuring optimal health and well-being for all children.FIG1,FIG2 

To that end, I'm pleased to announce that the Academy has renewed its commitment to America's Promise: Alliance for Youth as it launches its 10th anniversary year.

America's Promise was created as a result of the 1997 President's Summit for America's Future, where Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford, with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan, challenged America to make children a national priority. The presidents affirmed our special obligation as Americans to keep five essential promises to young people: caring adults,safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others....

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