Building Back Better for Kids

This has been an eventful election season! The people have spoken, and former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive president-elect. Senator Kamala Harris will join him as the first woman, the first Black person and first Indian-American person to serve in the office of the vice president. 

The transition period between two presidencies is always a very busy time. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a nationwide reckoning on systemic racism and many other issues at hand, the incoming administration will have their hands full. One thing that demands attention in those early days of office is the need to invest in children here in the U.S. and around the world. 

Fortunately, both President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have committed to make children a priority during their time in office. SCAN even has their commitments on record!

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Here’s a quick breakdown of how the Biden Administration can #BuildBackBetter for kids within their first 100 days in office:

Saving Child Care

Rebuild the Child Care Industry. Child care providers are reeling from the impact of the pandemic. They face increased costs and decreased revenue. 4.5 million child care slots could be lost, causing millions of kids to start kindergarten behind and making it harder for their parents to return to work. We need to keep this critical industry from going under.

3 Priorities for the Biden Administration: 

  • Save the child care industry from collapse through dedicated pandemic relief funding to providers and educators
     
  • Make child care more affordable to parents
     
  • Invest in child care infrastructure so that kids have a safe environment in which to grow and learn

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Addressing Food Insecurity 

Keep Kids from Going Hungry. As parents experience job loss and reduced work hours, they are struggling to feed their children. In addition, many kids are missing out on the meals they would normally receive at school. Recent estimates are that, currently, close to 1 in 4 young children are not getting enough to eat. We need to expand and fully-fund food safety net programs.

3 Priorities for the Biden Administration: 

  • Support increased funding and benefits for nutrition programs
     
  • Provide food programs flexibility to reach children who are remote learning
     
  • Modernize food programs to make it easier for families to access the food they need

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Investing in Girls

Protect and Empower Girls Worldwide. Girls are experiencing a horrific increase in gender-based violence. Approximately 2.5 million more girls are at risk of child marriages over the next five years as the result of the economic fallout from the pandemic. These girls must be kept safe from harm, be given access to education, and be empowered to be leaders in their communities.

3 Priorities for the Biden Administration: 

  • Prevent gender-based violence, including ending child marriage
     
  • Promote equal access to education
     
  • Prioritize girls’ leadership worldwide

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Protecting Children at the Border

Safeguard Children at the Southern Border. The government has been putting migrant children’s health and safety at risk. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 13,000 unaccompanied children have been expelled from our country. Others have been detained in hotel rooms with little oversight, or in family detention centers where COVID-19 is spreading. We need to end these harmful practices on day one and keep kids safe.

3 Priorities for the Biden Administration: 

  • Reunite all children separated from their families
     
  • Repeal policies that limit access to asylum
     
  • Prioritize alternatives to detention for children and families

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By working together, we can ensure that children everywhere are able to survive and thrive, and recover fully from the effects of COVID-19. That’s the best way we can all build back better! 

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Sarah Poetzschke is the web and digital manager for Save the Children Action Network. She is passionate about using digital tools and strategy to build a network of advocates for kids. 

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