This year, there were many big moments in one of the most important battles there is: ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Here are our five biggest wins for kids in 2016:
- 501,157 messages sent to lawmakers. This year our supporters wrote, called and signed their names to more than half a million messages to local, state and federal lawmakers in support of investments in kids. In December alone, we delivered almost 25,000 petition signatures to the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—by hand—asking them to protect funding for lifesaving health and nutrition programs.
- 255 members of Congress cosponsored the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. We promoted this life-saving legislation throughout the year—including at our annual Advocacy Summit, where our supporters met Capitol Hill lawmakers face-to-face and used their voices for kids. The impact? 219 members of the House and 36 Senators signed on to help save the lives of moms and kids around the world. We’ll be reconnecting with these members of Congress again as we work to reintroduce and pass this legislation in 2017.
- Increased funding for 35,000 more kids to attend preschool. In December, more than $247 million was awarded to 18 states under the Preschool Development Grants program to continue expanding access to high-quality preschool for children from low- and moderate-income families.
- Helped win 5 state-level races. During the election season, we backed eight state-level candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and Washington who were supportive of high-quality early childhood education. Our involvement included digital ads, direct mail, Get Out the Vote calls and videos shared with thousands of voters. On Election Day, five of those candidates won their races, including state House and Senate members in Iowa and two state House members in Washington.
- Trump and Clinton spoke out on child care affordability. In September, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton released child care proposals. “I am pleased that both Presidential campaigns have now outlined their plans to address the ever-growing cost of childcare,” said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network. Donald Trump also spoke about the importance of early childhood education on the popular New Hampshire show, Conversation With the Candidate, on WMUR-TV.