Now, more than ever, we need to make our voices heard for kids. Not only is it an election year, but we’re living in the middle of a global pandemic that is hindering children’s ability to grow and thrive here at home and around the world.
Fortunately, we have two very real opportunities to raise our voices in support of issues that matter to kids. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) are large events where the winning candidates for each party officially receive their party’s nomination to run for president in November.
This year, the parties will be gathering (virtually) to discuss their vision for the country for the next four years and to nominate former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump as their respective candidates for president.
In “normal” times, Save the Children Action Newtork (SCAN) staff would travel to the conventions and host in-person events and pop-up displays to raise awareness for kids’ issues. This year, we have a great opportunity to highlight issues that advocates for children – like you – care about to a broader audience. We’re going virtual!
Going Virtual for the DNC and RNC
Over the next two weeks, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Save the Children and Care for All Children will host two special Saving Child Care online events during the political conventions to advocate for child care. Here’s the best part: they’re free! Space is limited though, so don’t miss your chance to join.
The DNC event is on Tuesday, August 18 at 3 pm ET. We will be joined by Governor Polis (D-CO), Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) and parents who are experiencing child care challenges first hand.
The RNC event is on Tuesday, August 25 at 3 pm ET. We will be joined by Idaho Gov. Brad Little and another group of parent-advocates for kids.
These online events come at a critical time. Due to the pandemic, the child care industry is in crisis. Recent studies show that 40% of child care providers may have to permanently close without economic support.
Parents need to know that they have quality care for their children when they return to work. And children need a safe, nurturing environment where they can grow, play and gain the skills necessary for a strong start in kindergarten.
So please, join us for these important conversations and learn how you can do more to be a voice for kids during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. We’ll see you there!