At the Democratic National Convention, learning about kids’ issues and having some fun along the way

Kids with Palmer

by Shavonne Clarke


Last week we made our presence known at the Republican National Convention. When we went to the Democratic National Convention this week, we had one goal: to raise awareness about kids’ issues.

Over the course of four days, thousands visited our SCAN Lounge to learn more about what our next president must do to invest in kids to make sure kids at home and around the world survive and thrive.


SCAN's lounge at the Democratic National Convention


From corn hole to our virtual reality experience to visits from some of the best minds in politics, we were a refuge for adults and kids to relax, to learn, to take action for children in the U.S. and around the world.


Signing the pledge at the DNC

SCAN's swag at the DNC

Tablets at the DNC

Hand clappers at the SCAN lounge at the DNC


Throughout the week, we heard some amazing talks. Clockwise from top left: Washington Governor Jay Inslee (left), Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina (center), and Senator Chris Coons of Delaware.


Politicians at the SCAN DNC lounge


Our president, Mark Shriver, introduced a PBS NewsHour discussion on early learning.


Mark Shriver on PBS NewsHour


And we had a little fun, too.


SCAN staff Jessie at the DNC

SCAN staff Mike playing corn hole at the DNC

SCAN staff Judie using our virtual reality headset


Our interns got a special visit from Save the Children’s President & CEO, Carolyn Miles. “Early education,” she said, “makes all the difference in kids’ lives.”


Interns with Save the Children President Carolyn Miles


Most importantly, in just four days, more than 1,200 Americans signed our pledge urging the presidential candidates to commit to investments that improve the quality of early childhood education and increase access to more kids.


Two visitors high fiving at the SCAN lounge at the DNC


Thanks, Philadelphia. We’ll take these pledges to the United States’ next president.

Get involved! Sign the pledge to urge the presidential candidates to invest in kids.

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Shavonne Clarke manages Save the Children Action Network’s website and blog. Since joining SCAN, she has put her MFA in creative writing to good use by sharing the stories of children in the U.S. and around the world.