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Yes, Promise The Children, working with many others, succeeded in protecting a portion of children’s health care by stalling the demise of our Affordable Care Act. Now, we must renew the expanded Children’s Health Care Program (CHIP) that covers about 10 million more children. Also, we have not yet protected our children’s access to safe childcare and food. The new tax bill increases deficit spending. Our Republican Congressmen and women will be asking for cuts to children’s programs to offset read more…

Posted: December 26, 2017 in: Child Health Care, Child Hunger, Childcare

The near passage of the Criminal Justice Reform bill in Massachusetts marks a major shift towards a progressive penitentiary system. With an impressive 27-10 vote in favor of the bill, Massachusetts is taking the necessary steps for a brighter future. The repeal of mandatory sentences for minor drug offenses helps avoid dealing out unnecessary charges towards mothers and fathers of poorer communities. Oftentimes, the issue with drug-related sentences arises when law enforcement target lower class communities– communities primarily comprised of read more…

Posted: December 23, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

It’s time to raise your voice about whether or not to curb gun violence. To find your elected official’s contact information, text (520) 200-8660 with your zip code as message or send them an email. Seven of our federal Senators, led by Republican Senator Cornyn of Texas, have taken the lead in passing the bill called FIX NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System). FIX NICS has bilateral support in the Senate. This bill could increase the national instant background check system read more…

Posted: December 11, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Curb Gun Violence

Reforming the criminal justice system is a concern at the forefront of many activists’ minds. Since its creation, the American criminal justice system has broken up countless families through its harsh sentencings for relatively minor transgressions. There are generations of mothers and fathers, imprisoned for their transgressions against the law. Oftentimes these mothers and fathers belong to minority communities. Whether intentional or unintentional, there is a trend in the population of the incarcerated. The NAACP details the racial disparities in read more…

Posted: November 14, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

The refundable taxes paid by the Additional Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit are essential for our nation’s parents earning the minimum wage. All of our parents must be able to pay for the healthy start that our children need. Huge subsidies exist for large businesses, yet many of these businesses pay salaries that are not a living wage. This is why refundable taxes are essential. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was enacted in 1997 with bipartisan support. This is read more…

Posted: October 30, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Childcare

U.S. Gun Violence results in more than 17,000 American children and teens being shot each year. An estimated 46 youths are shot daily resulting in 7 deaths. These deaths include accidental deaths, suicide,domestic violence and mass gun violence. To address gun violence, The Brady Bill was signed into law in 1993. This law requires background checks before sales by federally licensed dealers. The background checks are used to prevent “dangerous” individuals from purchasing guns. “Dangerous” individuals are defined by law. However, unchecked sales read more…

Posted: October 15, 2017 in: Child Health Care, Curb Gun Violence

Bad News: Tell your Senator this week what you think about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. This bill would: (from CREDO).  End employer-provided health coverage for many Americans. Eliminate subsidies that help middle- and low-income people purchase health plans. Dramatically cut funding to support states’ Medicaid costs and allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, an attack that could leave millions of people with disabilities and low-income families without health coverage. Give states the power to remove more expensive health services read more…

Posted: September 20, 2017 in: Child Health Care, Child Poverty

The immigration issue in the United States is a serious concern, both for the undocumented immigrants who are being deported, and for their citizen children. Approximately 4.1 million U.S. children have parents/guardians who are undocumented immigrants.  Not only does deportation divide families, it also can severely impact a child’s mental health. Citizen children whose family are split up by force have a high probability of having PTSD. Those who anticipate and fear deportation are more likely to develop anxiety and depression. read more…

Posted: September 19, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Childcare

  Promise The Children is a non-profit, charitable organization that was initiated by the UU Service Committee  20 years ago. Promise is now a “related organization” to the UUA. Our goal is to promote the healthy development of all U.S. children. We focus on children from their birth through early grade school.   Job Description We are hiring a part-time Program Director for 6 hours weekly to manage our social media program. In particular, this job includes expanding our  Twitter read more…

Posted: August 29, 2017 in: Uncategorized

Mothers and grandparents aren’t always the only family members in a child’s life. Fathers, siblings, and other such family members can all help play a role in the development of a child. In certain family structures, fathers aren’t as frequently encouraged to spend time with their children compared to mothers. However, the influence of a strong father-child relationship can be long-lasting on the child’s development . A caring relationship will allow the father to better understand the child’s forming abilities and read more…

Posted: August 25, 2017 in: Childcare


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