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 programs that support U.S. children and their families.
We offer information and action alerts about government funding for safety net subsidies that our low-earning families depend on. Often subsidy programs are funded by the federal government in partnership with state governments. These programs help to pay for childcare, early education, food, health care, and more. We also offer information on charities such as food pantries and other meal programs, and on opportunities to volunteer with pre-school and school aged children. Information and action alerts are posted on our website, our Facebook page, and on Twitter. In addition we email timely information and action alerts to those who sign up on our web site.
Congress reconvenes after Labor Day. Severe cuts in funding for many subsidy programs that support our children will be considered. These include:
(1) Tax reform; Working parent(s) need refundable tax credits for childcare, and for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Are these tax credits included in this reform?
(2) The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) is at risk of repeal right now in September 2017. ACA provides expanded Medicaid with coverage for many low-income families. Republicans want each state to run it’s own health care programs and they want to cut expanded Medicaid. Let your voice be heard!
(3) After School Programs; These programs exist in churches, YMCA, YWCA, Girl’s Inc. Boys & Girl’s Clubs and many other locations. They have an essential role in children’s education and nutrition while parent(s) are working. The House of Representatives restored essential funding for these programs and now the Senate must act in September 2017. Let your voice be heard!
(4) The Children’s Health Care Program (CHIP) also needs your support. Many of our nation’s children have health care through this program. Let your voice be heard in September 2017!
Call your federal legislators. Tell them how you feel about refundable taxes, Medicaid, free school meals and subsidized childcare. Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code as the message. You will receive contact information for our federally elected officials. Here is more information.
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