National Child Labor Committee Law and Legal Definition

The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) is a non-profit organization in the U.S. which acts as a leading proponent for the national child labor reform movement. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1907. It’s head quarters is in Manhattan, New York. It is administered by a board of directors. The mission of National Child Labor Committee is to promote the rights, awareness, dignity, well-being and education of children and youth as they relate to work and working.

Initially, NCLC focused its concern on child labor and endorsed the first national anti-child labor bill. National Child Labor Committee broadened its scope by placing emphasis on the importance of educating children about the working world.

It also created programs designed to advance the education and health of migrant farm workers in the U.S. A well known program for kids created by the National child labor committee is Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program. It is a network of private business and elementary school partnerships which familiarizes students to the world of work through lessons taught by private sector volunteers. It played an important role in expanding and improving secondary school cooperative education programs.

The National Child Labor Committee works across the nation with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations as advocates, technical assistance providers, researchers, and catalysts.

National Child Labor Committee has worked to assure the presence of strong state and federal child labor laws and to ensure the health and safety of young people entering the workforce.

National Child Labor Committee created the one and only comprehensive compilation of labor laws for the U.S. Department of Labor that exist in all fifty states. NCLC gathered and analyzed the available data to create the compilation of labor laws and made recommendations to the states to modernize their laws.

At present the main objectives of National Child Labor Committee are educating children about the world of work, preventing the exploitation of children and youth in labor markets, improving the health and education opportunities for the children of the migrant farm workers and increasing public awareness of the work done day-in and day-out on behalf of the nation’s children.

National Child Labor Committee is still a leading force working on behalf of the young people in the U.S., in the areas of child labor law, youth occupational safety and health, and education. Even with years of enlightened laws and public scrutiny, the work of National Child Labor Committee is still relevant and necessary today.