WHO ARE WE?

Promise the Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We believe that the future of our democratic society depends on the education and healthy development of our most vulnerable citizens – our nation’s children. To this end, we reach out to volunteers who will work together and advocate for the funding of public and private programs that support U.S. children and their families. We focus on programs that will give our preschool and elementary school children a strong start – socially, emotionally, and academically

We offer information and action alerts for your consideration regarding the preservation of the safety net subsidies that our low-earning families depend on. These subsidies help to pay for childcare, early education, food, health care and more. Information and action alerts are posted on our website, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Sign up on our website to receive notice of timely actions.

As of May 2018, here are some actions taken by Congress on issues relating to children.

(1)  Good News! CHIPthe Children’s Health Care Program, has been renewed through fy 2022. Millions of children will have access to healthcare, but the funding for CHIP is in danger of cuts.

(2) Funding for afterschool programs has been increased in the 2018 Omnibus Budget. This is due to the 103,000 phone calls and emails made to our elected federal legislators since January of 2017.

(3) While funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit is confirmed in the new tax bill passed earlier this year, funding has not been increased as many requested.

(4) Bad News! Funding for SNAP, the food stamp program has been cut by $4.5 billion compared to the funding in fy 2017. Luckily, Congress failed to vote on another major cut to SNAP early in May. The food stamp program continues to need your support,  and that of your federal legislator.

(5) The lives of Undocumented immigrant families are being shattered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  even when parent(s) are paying taxes and fully supporting their families.  No path for citizenship is under consideration for them and no decision was made on DACA youth this May. Sadly,  ICE has adequate funding to detain many parents who then face deportation.  Their citizen children are referred to state child welfare organizations and placed in foster care. Families crossing the border are also separated from their children. Let your federal legislator know what you think about families being separated and children referred to foster care.

(6) Our Congress has yet to respond to worst mass shootings in U.S. history that have occurred in the last 20 months. Neither children or adults are safe from accidental death or murder by gun shots. More people in the U.S. own guns—some that were made for military use —than in any other country. We have more gun shot deaths and injuries than in any other well-developed country in the world. Our young people staged a huge march called March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. and they continue to march in cities and towns across the U.S.  Many states have enacted gun control laws. Call your local elected officials and ask for action!

Contact Congress: To find your legislators’ contact information, visit Call My Congress and enter your zip code. You’ll then receive contact information for your federally elected officials. Here are more ways to get in touch with your federal, state and local elected leaders.

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