[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8604--NOV. 19, 2010

Proclamation 8604 of November 19, 2010
National Child's Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

On National Child's Day, we celebrate America's children and rededicate
ourselves to helping them reach for their dreams and realize their full
potential. To build a strong foundation for our children's future, we
must support their health and development and ensure that they receive a
high-quality education that will prepare them to lead in the 21st
My Administration is committed to caring for our Nation's most precious
resource: our children. I was proud to sign the Affordable Care Act into
law, which expands families' health insurance options and requires new
plans to cover recommended preventive services--including well-baby and
well-child visits and essential immunizations and vaccinations--with no
out-of-pocket costs. It also prohibits insurance companies from using a
pre-existing condition as a reason to deny health care coverage to
children as of this year, and to all Americans in 2014. Additionally,
through the ``Let's Move!'' Initiative, First Lady

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Michelle Obama is helping lead our effort to end the epidemic of
childhood obesity within a generation by encouraging healthy eating and
physical activity.
We must also invest in our Nation's future by investing in our
children's education, for it is both a key to success and a prerequisite
to opportunity. Early childhood education programs can greatly influence
learning capabilities later in life, and my Administration is working to
expand these programs and improve their quality. Teachers are the most
important resource to a child's learning, and countless children benefit
from the experience and enthusiasm that teachers bring to the classroom.
These individuals instill in our youth the knowledge that will enable
them to grow into active and engaged adults. Through such care and
guidance--and a greater effort by all to provide safe, supportive spaces
for our children, free of bullying and harassment--we will unlock the
promise within each child.
Our children will soon stand at the helm of America and steer its
course. This Child's Day, let us recommit to instilling the values,
vision, and knowledge that will allow our children to realize a future
of opportunity and prosperity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2010, as
National Child's Day. I call upon all citizens to observe this day with
appropriate activities, programs, and ceremonies, and to rededicate
ourselves to creating the bright future we want for our Nation's
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-