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Around 1.4 million U.S. students between the ages of 6-18 are homeless. Also every year about a million babies, toddlers and preschoolers suffer homelessness. The definition of homelessness is divided into those who are sheltered and those who are not. Thankfully, the majority of children are in sheltered situations. The extent of homelessness nationally and in each state is described here. Homelessness is a public health crisis. There is a significant negative impact of homelessness on children’s mental and physical read more…

Posted: September 13, 2019 in: Child Health Care, Child Poverty, Homelessness

On August 7, 2019, ICE officials raided several food plants in Mississippi in the largest single raid of its kind in U.S. history.  Many of the individuals detained were parent(s) and some will never be reunited with their children. What happens to children when parent(s) are no longer at home to care for them? There are many complicated possibilities for where a child will end up if his or her parent(s) are detained. The best case scenario is when a read more…

Posted: August 9, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Childcare, Immigration

    Homelessness in America is not what you might think it is.  In the U.S.A. 2.5 million children experience homelessness each year. By law, a person qualifies as homeless if they lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” (McKinney Vento Act). A person does not need to be “unsheltered” to qualify as homeless and experience the pervasive negative impacts of this experience. If you are asked to envision a homeless person in your mind, you may conjure up read more…

Posted: August 1, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Homelessness

.   Promise the Children invites you to our annual Summer Fundraiser in support of The REAL Program! When: Friday, August 2nd from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Where: Promise the Children | 58 Winter Street | Nahant, MA RSVP: Eventbrite registration page Join us for a summer fundraiser hosted by Promise the Children in honor of The REAL Program in Lynn. Enjoy light bites, wine, sangria and beer. Chips, dip and fresh guacamole will also be served. DONATIONS APPRECIATED! Consider making a donation online read more…

Posted: July 11, 2019 in: Uncategorized

.   “Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness.” – National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) | Youth Homelessness Overview     Though we often consider our society to be quite progressive, the statistics of homeless children and teenagers is a testament read more…

Posted: June 24, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Childcare, Criminal Justice Reform

Each year Promise the Children focuses on a number of important issues that range from Child Poverty and Early Education to Limiting Out-of-School Suspensions, Advocating for Stronger Gun Laws and Ending the Detention of Immigrant Children. As a member of the PTC community, we value your feedback! Our current areas of focus include Public School Funding and Teacher Salaries, Child Care and Early Education, Gun Safety and Control, and the Supervision of Detention Centers Housing Immigrant Children Separated from Parents. read more…

.   “School funding is a mix of federal, state, and local funding sources distributed through complex and ever-changing formulas, making it all too easy for elected leaders to use half-truths and lies to slash education budgets and divert taxpayer dollars from public schools. Pro-public education advocates can’t allow that to happen.” – National Education Association (NEA) | School Funding: Learn the Facts and How to Use Them     As public schools begin to wind down for summer, now read more…

The current administration has proposed drastic changes to SNAP, our national food stamp program, that will leave some of our nation’s most vulnerable families without assistance to purchase food. Trump’s proposal would cut funding for SNAP by approximately $17.4 billion, or one-fifth of its current budget. Remember—this is a program that provides food aid to approximately 40 million people, the majority of whom are children and the elderly. According to federal documents, the new Budget proposes to increase SNAP work read more…

Posted: March 21, 2019 in: Uncategorized

Access to quality early education and childcare varies enormously across income classes. Many times wealthier families have the money to spend on these services, but those with lower salaries do not. As a result, wealthier children are ready to learn in kindergarten and first grade while those lacking the experience of quality early childhood education, either in a classroom or at home, are not. Here is more information on the high cost of childcare in the United States. Sadly, falling behind in read more…

Posted: February 14, 2019 in: Action Alerts, Preschool

Supporters of Promise the Children would like to think that our country values all families and children, no matter what country they call home. During the holiday season, an image that is often in our minds is that of the birth of Jesus. It is during this time of year that The Three Kings are said to have followed the star of Bethlehem to visit The Holy Family. Perhaps the Magi came from nearby areas now known as Iraq, Iran read more…

Posted: January 14, 2019 in: Child Health Care, Child Hunger, Child Poverty


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