Save the Children Action Network is thrilled with the South Carolina state budget, released today, which historically expands the state’s public four-year-old kindergarten program. Before today’s announcement, only four-year-olds residing in low-income school districts could access publicly funded 4K. But, now, all South Carolina four-year-olds from income-eligible families can enroll, no matter where they live.
Save the Children Action Network and Children’s Campaign Fund Launch Virtual Seattle Mayoral Forum to Elevate Issues Impacting Kids and Youth
Today, Save the Children Action Network and Children’s Campaign Fund launched a first-of-its-kind virtual mayoral forum, The Future for Kids in the Emerald City, an exclusive video series featuring top Seattle mayoral candidates discussing issues critical to Seattle’s children and families. In six videos, candidates Colleen Echohawk, Jessyn Farrell, Bruce Harrell, Andrew Grant Houston and Casey Sixkiller discuss their views on the Seattle Preschool Program, child care, child nutrition, youth homelessness and juvenile justice.
In response to the recent news that migrant children are being housed in inhumane conditions in a government-run shelter in El Paso, Texas, Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO, issued the following statement
Save the Children Action Network Disappointed in New Hampshire Budget which Fails to Prioritize Children and Families
Save the Children Action Network is deeply disappointed in the New Hampshire state budget, released today. The budget cuts nearly nine million dollars from the New Hampshire Child Care Scholarship Program. The budget also withdraws an amendment put forward by Senator Becky Whitley which would have provided child care providers scholarship funds based on a child’s enrollment, rather than attendance, a provision crucial as New Hampshire recovers from the pandemic, a time when child absentee rates are higher than usual.
Save the Children is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Summer Meals Alternative Relief and Transportation (SMART) Act being introduced in Congress today by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). The SMART Act would ensure children in rural communities and other hard-to-reach areas have access to nutritious meals during the summer months when school meals are not accessible. Currently, at the end of the school year, only 14 percent of eligible low-income children receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), often because they cannot access meal distribution sites due to distance or lack of transportation. The SMART Act would work to address this by establishing an alternate food distribution service option, direct home delivery.
In response to yesterday's announcement that the Biden administration will begin to reunite families separated under the prior administration, Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO, issued the following statement
Save the Children applauds the American Families Plan released by President Biden today, particularly the plan’s unprecedented prioritization of early childhood education and care, as well as its efforts to combat child hunger and poverty.
After yesterday’s introduction of the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act, Cassidy Pont, Federal Governments Relations Manager at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), issued the following statement on behalf of SCAN
SCAN Applauds King County Council for Bringing Renewal of Best Starts for Kid Levy to Vote in August
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds the King County Council for unanimously passing proposed ordinance 2021-0062, giving voters the option of voting ‘yes’ to increase and renew the Best Starts for Kids levy during the August primary. Best Starts for Kids is a comprehensive program that invests in children and families at all stages of life so that they are happy, healthy, safe and thriving. Since its inception in 2015, Best Starts for Kids has funded nearly 600 programs and directly served over half a million children, youth, and families in King County.
House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos, Chair Javier Martínez and Chair Antonio “Moe” Maestas Receive 2021 State Champion for Children Award
House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-52), Chair Javier Martínez (D-11) and Chair Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-16) received Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) 2021 State Champion for Children Awards on April 13.
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Applauds Passage of the Fair Start for Kids Act in Washington State
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds the Washington State Legislature for passing the historic Fair Start for Kids Act with a bipartisan vote last night. This robust early care and education legislation will now make high-quality child care, preschool, and infant and toddler programs more accessible and affordable for thousands of Washington families. It will also provide much-needed assistance for early learning professionals.