Children, Youth & Families

"Youth - our greatest resource - is being seriously neglected in a vital respect. The nation as a whole is not preparing teachers or building schools fast enough to keep up with the increase in our population."

  - Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 7, 1954

"I say with all the earnestness that I can command, that if American mothers will teach our children that there is no end to the fight for better relationships among the people of the world, we shall have peace."

  - Address to the National Council of Catholic Women, Boston, Massachusetts, November 8, 1954

"In this connection, I should mention our enormous national debt. We must begin to make some payments on it if we are to avoid passing on to our children an impossible burden of debt."

  - Remarks on the State of the Union Message, Key West, Florida, January 5, 1956

"Teachers need our active support and encouragement. They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land. They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens."

  - Address at the Centennial Celebration Banquet of the National Education Association, April 4, 1957

"Now, the education of our children is of national concern, and if they are not educated properly, it is a national calamity."

  - The President's News Conference of July 31, 1957

"I am not here, of course, as one pretending to any expertness on questions of youth and children - except in the sense that, within their own families, all grandfathers are experts on these matters."

  - Address at the Opening Session of the White House Conference on Children and Youth, College Park, Maryland, March 27, 1960