Free Online Tutoring

“Our mission is to provide free, quality and accessible online tutoring to all elementary and middle school students regardless of their economic and immigration status, race, sex, etc. in the Greater Boston area.” – Boston COVID Tutoring     At Promise the Children, we’re always looking for ways to help children, families and caregivers — and we know that during the pandemic, their needs could not be greater. We’ve recently partnered with two free tutoring programs to offer online homework read more…

Posted: March 16, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Ed: Preschool & Grades 1-3

Reunite Families

“The deported parents are kind of lost in the story. Not only were they separated, they were deported back to the country they fled. They haven’t seen their children in three years now, and there’s no clear pathway to get them back.” – Carol Anne Donohoe, Attorney with Al Otro Lado     Right now more than 600 migrant children are still separated from their families. This cruel legacy is left behind by the Trump administration which tore more than read more…

Posted: February 17, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Immigration

Homemade masks for Lynn and Nahant

      Since April 2020 Promise the Children has worked with an incredible group of volunteers to make and distribute over 800 face masks to organizations and individuals in need. Thank you to our tireless mask makers who churn out not only beautiful but safe clear-faced and silk-lined cotton masks! Deliveries of masks have gone to a number of Lynn organizations including My Brother’s Table, The REAL Program, Lynn YMCA and Essex County Community Organization (ECCO). We’ve also delivered read more…

Posted: January 10, 2021 in: Action Alerts, Child Health Care, Health Insurance

    One of the most high impact, powerful things you can do right now is send a letter to the editor of your local paper calling on your elected leaders to do the right thing and pass a COVID relief package.     Families are hurting in this COVID economy. People continue to be out of work, struggling with child care centers and schools being closed, eviction protections going away, and cases of COVID rising. After delaying for far read more…

Posted: December 3, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Childcare, Homelessness

Pass COVID Relief for Childcare

    Congress’s refusal to #SaveChildCare could cost mothers $64.5 billion in wages and economic activity, cost the federal government $12.2 billion in tax revenue, and set gender equity back a generation.     For months Americans have been calling on Congress to provide COVID relief funding to stabilize the child care sector. These calls have gone unanswered. This is simply unacceptable when millions are jobless, children are housing and food insecure, and child care providers are fighting to keep read more…

Posted: November 17, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Childcare

  Photo via Pixabay Guest post by Kristin Louis of Parenting with Kris     Parents play an extremely important role in the development of their kids at every age and stage. But keeping up with your kids’ changing needs can be difficult. As your children get older, they will need varying levels of support and guidance to develop the skills that will help them thrive as adults. While you may not be able to coddle your kids forever, you read more…

Posted: November 5, 2020 in: Childcare, Preschool, Uncategorized

Opening Schools

“The worst is that the teachers might not always see your hand when you’re raising it. I really miss my friends and play dates. My mommy, and sometimes my daddy, have to help because it’s too hard sometimes” – Noah Bresler, 6, Brooklyn     There’s no question that most children would rather be in school. “Kids are getting more bored by the day,” writes 11-year-old Harry Dodd in the New York Times. “We wish we could go back to read more…

Posted: October 19, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Ed: Preschool & Grades 1-3

Early Education

Each year, Promise the Children (PTC) focuses on a number of important advocacy issues affecting children and families. We want to know from the PTC community: which issues are most important to you? Your feedback will help set our direction and fundraising goals for 2021. Please let us know your thoughts by taking our 30-second survey below!  

As we continue into the fall with many families still facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing pandemic, here is a list of unemployment benefits related to coronavirus that are available to workers. These benefits are for those who have lost their jobs, those who have lost hours on their job, or those who are infected with coronavirus or are essential to family members who have contracted the virus. The first major unemployment relief allocation was a $600 read more…

Posted: September 19, 2020 in: Child Poverty

What are we doing to feed our children? More than 10.6 million more workers were unemployed in July 2020 than in March 2020, and more workers than ever are facing a cutback in their hours.  Partial success: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has heeded the anti-hunger, education, youth-serving communities’ and bi-partisan call to extend waivers for critical child nutrition programs that ensure the growing number of children at risk of hunger can get the nutrition they need. This extension read more…

Posted: September 15, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty


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