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

Please contact your legislators locally before April 23rd. Congress is recessed from April 8th to April 23. Phone or email him/her, or send a post card locally. Attend a local meeting with your legislator, if possible. Half of our families earn the median income or less (about $50,000 annually). This is not enough to pay for basic needs. The President’s budget subsidizes childcare for those with high salaries, but leaves those struggling financially with no support.  Also,the republicans talk of read more…

Posted: April 12, 2017 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Preschool

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, said Frederick Douglas more than 150 years ago. Today he would add women. He would know that children are born with millions of disconnected brain cells and that most cells connect in the first five years of life. These connections don’t just happen. The full attention of parents, teachers, and caretakers is required so the infant can become a strong child who can cope with kindergarten and beyond. U.S. read more…

Posted: March 29, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Health Insurance, Preschool

Tell our congress, “don’t cut access to health care for all by shifting the burden of providing Medicaid health care for the poor back to the states”. This is not a viable option.You can sign a letter to congress from Mom’s Rising  here: Or you can ask that a post card be sent to your Senator by clicking here. At present the costs of the Medicaid program are shared between the federal government and the states. The amount of funding a read more…

Posted: March 21, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Health Insurance

The government is a lousy parent. Pro-life Republicans have enacted laws restricting birth control and abortion. Pro-life folks believe that the fetus and its beginnings are sacred. Their concern stops there. They do not care about nurturing a baby, a toddler or raising a child. Many believe that the fetus is sacred, but the baby is born for a life sin and suffering.   This allows the republicans in certain states to legislate when birth should occur and to cut read more…

Repealing CHIP and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a Medicaid block grant will ration health care, and limit those covered. Nearly 30 million will lose CHIP and Medicaid health insurance. CHIP covers around 8 million children. Expanded Medicaid covers 20 million more people. Tell your federal legislator “Do not change Medicaid into a block grant. Health insurance for all really matters.” Stay in close touch with your Congresswo(men).   Enter 520-200-2223 on your cell and receive your Congressswo(men’s)phone numbers. Here is read more…

Posted: February 7, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Health Insurance

The Affordable Health Care Act or ACA increased affordable health insurance for 20 million people. Many are lower salaried families with children. President Elect Trump and members of Congress, present and future, want to change ACA. ACA was enacted during President Obama’s administration. Some folks don’t want to pay for other people’s health insurance. But minimum wage is so low that many workers have been left in the lurch. Without ACA, they would have to depend on expensive emergency ward care, or read more…

Posted: November 15, 2016 in: Child Poverty, Health Insurance

Low-waged single parent(s) cannot pay market rate for child care. Many children are in risky situations where they are neglected or abused.  Some are lucky enough to have a relative or neighbor to provide care. Some are supported by childcare vouchers or are in Head Start. A minimum waged single parent working 40 hours weekly may be earning as much as $15,080 annually. This is below the Federal poverty line. The median income in the United States is estimated at $51,939. This is read more…

Posted: September 26, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty, Health Insurance, Preschool

“Summer slide” causes the achievement gap between children whose families earn less, and those that earn more. In summer children forget what they learned in the previous school year when parents cannot afford to send them to quality camps. A quality camp combines fun with learning activities. Children with wealthy parents who send them to well-rounded camps do not experience summer slide. The camp programs that prevent summer slide provide learning activities similar to the school curriculum, but more fun. Reading, writing read more…

Posted: August 8, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty

ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act – was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. For the first time this act includes provisions for Pre-K education. Also the ESSA reduces the role of the federal government and gives the states the responsibility of being accountable for test results.

Posted: March 23, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty


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