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Children's Mental Health

  “The Supporting Children’s Mental Health Care Access Act and the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act would increase access to mental health care services and provide direct funding to schools for mental health promotion and suicide prevention. These bills are bipartisan efforts, and they are gaining momentum. Let your elected representatives know you support them. It takes everyone to address this mental health crisis.” — Dr. Deanna Behrens, Pediatric Intensive Care     The Surgeon General has sounded read more…

Posted: April 21, 2022 in: Action Alerts, Child Health Care

public childcare

  “The current child care market fails families, children, and businesses. Parents are often unable to find a child care program with an open spot for their infant or toddler. If there are available options, they typically are not affordable. Infant child care costs families an average of $11,000 per year and is more than the price of public college in 33 states.” — Center for American Progress     America lacks sufficient child care, and the care that does read more…

Posted: February 16, 2022 in: Action Alerts, Childcare, Preschool

Support Early Childhood

    “For the past six months, more than 61 million children in roughly 36 million families across the U.S. have received a monthly payment of $250 or $300 per child… [But] tax credits that would have landed in families’ bank accounts beginning Friday, January 14 won’t happen because the Senate could not agree to extend them.” — Coalition on Human Needs     The Child Tax Credit (CTC) ended December 30, 2021. It lifted 9.9 million U.S. children out read more…

Posted: January 26, 2022 in: Action Alerts, Child Hunger

Kid Holiday Activities

    Guest post by childcare professional Stephanie Manhardt.      November 1st seems to have transformed into the unofficial start of the Holiday season. This is such a magical time of the year and through the eyes of children, the magic is everywhere and everything. There are so many activities and gatherings to enjoy. On the east coast the weather doesn’t always make it easy to attend those fun activities. Luckily the magic can be done within your home. read more…

Posted: December 19, 2021 in: Childcare, Ed: Preschool & Grades 1-3, Preschool

    “The Build Back Better Act provides a historic opportunity to move toward an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and corporations.” — Americans for Tax Fairness     The Build Back Better plan will make historic investments in healthcare, childcare, and education by making billionaires and corporations pay their fair share in taxes. With a vote expected soon, we’re fighting to make sure this legislation passes—and we’re almost there! Please consider contacting your read more…

Posted: November 15, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Health Insurance

    Guest post by Janice Russell with Parenting Disasters. Image via Unsplash.     All parents want the best for their kids. This includes wanting your child to know how to make good choices. One day your children will no longer live at home; when that day comes, you do not want to worry about whether they are making smart decisions for their mental and physical wellbeing. Here are three ways you as a parent can encourage your kids read more…

Posted: November 15, 2021 in: Uncategorized

Child Care Action Alert

    Rich countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care. In the U.S. it’s $500. The New York Times: How Other Nations Pay for Child Care     Child care in the United States is in a crisis — and it’s time for change. The United States — one of the richest countries in the world — spends only $500 per child on early childhood care each year.The New York Times recently shared shocking statistics read more…

Posted: October 21, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Childcare

    Millions of families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat. Feeding America     Hunger in America is growing. In the wake of COVID-19, unemployment and food insecurity soared, and an estimated 60 million people turned to food banks and community programs for assistance in 2020 alone. Children and adults face hunger in every community across the country, and millions read more…

Posted: September 21, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Child Hunger, Child Poverty

EITC and CTC

    Two critical programs that provide financial support to low-income parents and caretakers are the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). These working-family tax credits lifted 5.6 million people out of poverty in 2018, including 3 million children, and made 16.5 million other people less poor. — EITC Fast Facts     The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of our tax code’s most effective income boosters read more…

Posted: August 9, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty

family togetherness

    Guest post by Grinil Khanna with AuX Family Dynamics.     We used to have a routine. Wake up, get the kids ready, take the kids to school, hustle to work in traffic, answer to the boss, rush back home hoping the kids were doing what they had to do without getting into trouble, and run around like a chicken with its head cut off until the kids were fed and in bed. The pandemic has changed this read more…

Posted: August 3, 2021 in: Child Health Care, Childcare, Health Insurance


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