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 offer information and action alerts for your consideration regarding the preservation of the safety net subsidies that our low-earning families depend on. These include early education, food, health care and more. Information and action alerts are posted on our website News page, and on Facebook, instagram, Linkedin and Twitter. Sign up on our website to receive our timely action alerts.
(1) Public School Funding: Make sure that state funding for your public schools is up-to-date. In Massachusetts we have to urge our state legislators to fund all our schools fairly.
(2) Early Childhood Education and Childcare For All: Please let your elected officials know that all of our children need an ambitious investment in early education and childcare now. Ask our elected officials: “How do you plan to give all children access to quality early education and childcare?” View our TweetChat below to learn more about these important initiatives.
(3) Gun Reform: Many teenagers around the country have marched for improved gun control. Are gun owners licensed in your state? Are military weapons banned? Do salespeople have access to a list of violent people who should not be sold guns? Late your local legislators know your opinion on gun sales.
(4) Food Stamps: Funding for SNAP, In 2019, the food stamp program faces cuts as well as a job requirement to receive funding. Many parent(s) are working pat-time jobs and cannot earn a living wage. In addition, the jobs may be seasonal or otherwise temporary. These workers depend on food stamps when they may not be working. Even when working, they may depend of food stamps to feed their families.
All children and their parent(s) should have access to Medicaid when they work at low-paying jobs or are temporarily laid off. Congress is discussing a job requirement to be eligible. Low income families have so many hoops to jump through to gain access to healthcare. Think carefully whether you think a job requirement is a good plan when a parent has a sick child, and voice your opinion to your state-wide legislators.
(5) Undocumented Immigrant Families: The lives of immigrant families are being shattered by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Even when parent(s) are paying taxes and fully supporting their families, they may be detained or deported. No path for citizenship is under consideration by Congress. Sadly, When they are arrested by ICE, heir citizen children are referred to state child welfare organizations and placed in foster care or in private, unregulated detention centers located in more than a dozen states. Urge your congressmen and women to regulate these detention centers and provide education and appropriate activities.
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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