“[SCAN is] a new political arm that is crusading to make early-childhood education a top-tier issue.”
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By holding elected leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age 5 survive and thrive.
2022 Federal Advances
MINDS Month of Action (May 2022)
In only 5 weeks, advocates across the country took almost 85,000 actions urging their lawmakers to co-sponsor and pass the MINDS Act. This would be the first-ever piece of U.S. legislation that prioritizes mental health and psychosocial support around the world. Volunteers hosted over 30 events and held 16 meetings with Members of Congress that garnered co-sponsorships and a June 14 virtual panel with US policymakers, mental health experts, and advocates to examine this global crisis with a particular focus on Ukraine and Afghanistan how the MINDS Act can be enacted to address mental health and psychosocial needs worldwide.
Ukraine Humanitarian Response
In less than 48 hours after the war in Ukraine began, our volunteers started mobilizing their Peer-to-Peer fundraisers to support the children and families being displaced. Our community lead creative events and raised over $2.5 million dollars for Ukraine programs in just a few weeks. Read more about the volunteers and fundraisers below.
Have a Heart Campaign
In February, volunteers and children from our SCAN states sent thousands of Valentine’s Day cards to lawmakers to urge support for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Advocates hosted over 40 parties and events with their communities and are still pressuring their Members of Congress to improve and strengthen child nutrition programs.
2022 State Legislature Wins
Save the Children Action Network has pushed forward incredible wins in 10 states this year on both early childhood education and child hunger.
- In 2021, our policy, advocacy and campaigning team – including Save the Children Action Network – generated 601,000 messages to lawmakers, urging them to invest in children.
- We saw significant legislative wins in Washington, New Mexico and Colorado.
- We amplified the voices of American families struggling through the COVID pandemic, as we pressed Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan in February 2021, which included $39 billion to stabilize child care and $12 billion for expanded child nutrition programs.
- Our advocacy team helped achieve a major win for child care and child nutrition in the House of Representatives in the passage of the Build Back Better legislation in November 2021. It contained historic provisions to enable all children in America to access nutrition. While the bill didn’t pass the Senate, we have continued engaging Members of Congress in legislation that will invest in kids.