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.
Here are some actions to take on recent issues relating to children:
(1) 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) Some states are deciding whether to increase school security by arming more security officers and school teachers. Make sure that your state legislators know what you think about this;
(3) Many teenagers around the country have marched for improved gun control. Let your state legislators know what you think. How do you think it’s best to provide security for all our school children?
(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 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.
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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