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Kathy Lique and Becky Richardson invite you to drink a toast, eat a bit, and join with friends to celebrate the launch of a partnership between: Promise the Children and The REAL Program When: Friday, July 27th 2018 Where: 58 Winter Street, Nahant, MA, 01908 Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. RSVP: Please RSVP as soon as possible to kmaod@verizon.net or call (978) 922- 6874. Space is limited. Childcare will be provided! The REAL Program and Promise the Children are non-profits that need donations read more…

Posted: July 16, 2018 in: Uncategorized

Prison reform is a frequent subject of discussion in our newsletters, and with good reason. Incarceration for minor crimes, such as drug possession, can break apart families and leave children without parents. Another added problem is that minorities such as African Americans and Latinos are incarcerated at a higher rate than white people. Reforming America’s prison system can create major positive changes for inmates who have committed nonviolent crimes. America can draw inspiration from foreign countries’ prison systems, particularly Scandinavian read more…

Posted: July 2, 2018 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

With summer just around the corner, many children happily anticipate the end of the school year. However, the end of the school year can cause serious problems for lower income children. Schools often provide free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch to children in need. Without schools providing essential meals, children are at risk of going hungry. Despite the three-month break from school, children can still receive meals through programs hosted by organizations and local outreach programs. The YMCA has read more…

On a day to day basis, the trauma of parental separation with and without additional adversity, takes many forms.  In the urban elementary school in which I work, it is the kindergarten boy who becomes unable to physically manage his body when his teacher mentions that the class will be making Mother’s Day cards. When the rest of his classmates begin to work on their cards, this boy throws himself on the rug and begins to roll around and growl. His read more…

Posted: June 6, 2018 in: Child Health Care, Immigration

Two major crises in the United States—new immigration policies and the opioid epidemic—are causing children to suffer incredible hardship as they are forcibly separated from, or tragically lose, a parent at alarming rates. Families Separated by the Trump Administration Since the enactment of the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy for illegal border crossings, the number of immigrant children separated from their parents and placed in U.S. Government custody increased by an alarming 21% in a little over a month. At read more…

Posted: June 6, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Immigration

It’s time to save our children from the threat of being shot in or out of school. Join the following organizations today. With their 501c(4) designation, they lobby effectively for stronger federal and statewide gun laws. Gabby Giffords, who believes we must change our culture of accepting gun violence. The Brady Campaign, which focuses on strengthening gun control laws. Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which is an umbrella group of 48 religious, social and political organizations organizing by state to stop domestic read more…

Posted: May 27, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Curb Gun Violence

On any given evening, nearly 554,000 Americans are homeless. This figure includes individuals, families and youth across all parts of the United States. It includes men, women and children of all backgrounds and walks of life. You may know some people who experience or are at risk of homelessness.. The current Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson recently proposed raising rent for low-income Americans that receive federal housing subsidies. These far-reaching changes would triple rent for the poorest read more…

Posted: May 24, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Uncategorized

Today we have fewer unskilled jobs for the increase in our population, and our minimum wage is far from a living wage. Most jobs for unskilled workers are also part-time and very few offer regular hours. As a result, millions of adults, children and young people experience homelessness each year. In addition, child care vouchers, which subsidize licensed and safe child care while eligible parents are at work, can have wait lists in the thousands. Child care vouchers also require read more…

Posted: May 23, 2018 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Childcare

The refundable taxes paid by the Additional Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit are essential for our nation’s working parents earning low wages.  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 read more…

Posted: May 22, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Childcare

Supporting and Renewing CHIP

One year ago, my son E. was struggling with language development. The school district evaluated him and the speech language experts felt he was in a grey area where his delay was significant, but not severe enough to get him special education. He qualified for Head Start due to the language delay, but we were not high on the wait-list because of our family income status and college-education. Our pediatrician strongly felt he would benefit from the social interaction and read more…

Posted: May 17, 2018 in: Preschool


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