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Promise the Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999. We recruit volunteers who will work together and advocate for the funding of public and private programs that support U.S. children and their families who earn low wages.
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 include early education, childcare, food stamps, health care and more. Information and action alerts are posted on our website News page, and on our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. 📧 Sign up to receive timely action alerts via email
1. Child-Care: Owners of child-care facilities across our nation are in debt from the expenses during the pandemic shut-down such as rental fees. Many teachers were terminated. Now the owners must pay their debt and employ teachers. The new safety regulations will double costs and tuition will increase. Many parents will not be able to afford tuition. Others may feel child-care isn’t safe until there’s a vaccine. Our nation’s child care system is on the brink of collapse, with serious implications both now and in the future. Urge legislators to focus on this issue and come up with a plan. For additional information and resources visit Campaign for Children or Zero to Three.
2. Public School Funding: Contact your state legislators to ensure strong state funding for your public schools. In Massachusetts, we have to urge our state legislators to fund all our schools fairly. For more resources and information, visit American Federation of Teachers.
3. Hunger: Coronavirus has left many with poor employment or none at all. Until we have a vaccine, food stamps must accessible. Food stamps are part of the Farm Bill that will be voted on in the next 2 or 3 months. For more about the Farm Bill, visit the Food Research and Action Resource Center.
4. Medicaid & CHIP: Medicaid is a jointly funded federal-state health coverage program and a vital lifeline to children in low-income families and children with special health care needs. CHIP, also jointly funded, provides health insurance for children and pregnant women who are not eligible for Medicaid and do not have access to affordable private insurance. These programs ensure children receive regular check-ups and can see a doctor when they are sick. Advocating for strong health insurance programs is crucial for children and our country.
- Medicaid covers millions of children across the U.S., providing them with the coverage and services they need to become healthy and productive adults. Children represent over 40% of all Medicaid enrollees but account for less than 20% of Medicaid spending. In the course of a year, 36 million children rely on Medicaid at some point for health care services. (Source: childrenshospitals.org)
- The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage for low-income children and pregnant women in working families who are not eligible for Medicaid. 9.6 million children, qualified based on income, rely on CHIP for health care services at some point throughout the year. (Source: childrenshospitals.org)
For more information, visit cbpp.org.
5. Families: The lives of immigrant families are shattered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Parent(s) who pay taxes and support their families, may be detained or deported. No path for citizenship is under consideration by Congress. Sadly, when ICE arrests, parents, their citizen children are referred to state child welfare organizations and placed in foster care or in private, unregulated detention centers across the U.S. Urge Congress to regulate these detention centers and provide education, health care and appropriate activities. For more, visit the American Civil Liberties Union.
6. Gun Safety: Even U.S. teenagers are marching. Are gun owners licensed in your state? Are military weapons banned? Do salespeople have access to a list of violent people who should not be sold guns? Let your local legislators know your opinion on gun sales. More resources are available at Brady United and Giffords.
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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