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There are lessons to learn from the shutdown of child-care this spring in Massachusetts. How can child care centers work? Massachusetts designated 10,000 “emergency” free child-care slots for eligible “essential workers,” and disabled, and/or homeless children. About 2,500 spots were used. These slots are still open to eligible parents who are returning to work. We can’t verify the reason for this lack of use, but here are some suggestions: Perhaps “essential workers” were strictly defined and too many parents were read more…

Posted: July 7, 2020 in: Childcare

There is no national child-care system. Working parents living on or close to minimum wage cannot afford to pay for licensed child care, rent, food, and transportation. They may be lucky enough to rely on a family member, or on a small group of neighbors. But they cannot necessarily rely on the safety of whatever arrangement they are able to make. Fewer than half the population of low waged families have access to quality, licensed child care. This is especially read more…

Posted: July 7, 2020 in: Childcare

During these challenging times, we’ve rounded up a handful of resources for Nahant area residents in need of a little extra help to feed and support their families. We’ve also listed ways you can help these organizations continue to operate and support the wellbeing of children and families in our community. My Brother’s Table at 98 Willow Street in Lynn MA offers free prepared meals to go during the week from 12:00 to 4:30 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays a read more…

Posted: April 20, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Homelessness

During these challenging times, we’ve rounded up a handful of resources for Taunton-area residents in need of a little extra help to feed and support their families. We’ve also listed ways you can help these organizations continue to operate and support the wellbeing of children in our community. Taunton Area Community Table (TacT) | 378 Bay Street, Taunton, MA TacT is still open to families for a new Grab & Go meal service. Their current hours are 11:15am–12:30pm Monday–Thursday. They read more…

Posted: April 20, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Homelessness

Did you know that food stamps provide 10 times the relief offered by local food pantries? Both are necessary to feed families dependent on the minimum wage. Now–more than ever–we need to do our part to ensure resources are accessible to families who have been financially devastated by the global health crisis we are currently facing. We urge you to please call your federal legislators and ask them to support Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leader Schumer in making food stamps a priority read more…

Posted: April 13, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Child Hunger, Child Poverty

  When disaster strikes, we’re often amazed by the number of neighbors who rush to the front lines and the many community members whose first question is: how can I help? While those in our medical communities are in the best position to serve as our front line defenders, here are other ways you can help the Greater Lynn community during this trying time. (And please remember: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and commit yourself and your families read more…

  While volunteering in a children’s summer program, I often saw a foster child run to the teacher’s desk each day and ask if their foster parent had dropped off lunch. Lunch was never there, and the child was offered a daily peanut butter sandwich. This was humiliating because others had good food from home. One day this child brought food and shared it within the classroom. Sadly, the facilitator, not knowing the significance of this event, ordered that the read more…

Communications Coordinator

    Promise the Children is seeking a part-time Communications and Marketing Coordinator beginning April 1, 2020. This temporary role will continue throughout the summer and end just before Labor Day on September 4, 2020. Title: Communications & Marketing Coordinator (Part-Time, Temporary) Duration: 6 months | Beginning March 30, 2020 – September 4, 2020 Location: Greater Lynn Area / Nahant, MA | Majority of work can be done from home Hours: 5 hours per week Pay Rate: $20 per hour read more…

Posted: February 1, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Uncategorized

Support Early Childhood

  “The science is clear: when parents are stressed, babies pay the price. That is why improving conditions for families with young children is one of the best investments any nation can make.” – The Raising of America | Documentary Series     Infants are born with millions of disconnected brain cells and most cells connect in the first five years of life. Starting at birth, a baby’s brain develops rapidly and produces more than one million neural connections each read more…

Posted: January 29, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Childcare, Ed: Preschool & Grades 1-3

Today’s children face multiple stresses surrounding separation from family and community. This separation in and of itself is very stressful. The reasons for the separation are also stressful, and may include: Parent(s) who are addicted to opioids or substances causing them to neglect their children. Based on data from 2014 and earlier, about 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Parent(s) who read more…


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