Our Issues

Here in the U.S., 16 million children living in poverty enter school not prepared to succeed. Around the world, 16,000 children under the age of five die every day.

We can do better. We must.

Our mission is to give every child a strong start in life. This is why Save the Children Action Network focuses on two critical issues: expanding early childhood education in the U.S. and saving moms and kids worldwide.

Why are these issues crucial?


Save the Children Action Network’s solutions

Trailblazing. As the political advocacy arm of Save the Children, we do what most non-governmental organizations can't: bring children's issues directly to federal and state lawmakers. We are the voice for kids. With the foundation of a global nonprofit and the mindset of a startup, we approach our mission with an entrepreneur's eye: what can we do for kids? What inexpensive investments can we make to save lives? What will it take to ensure every child survives and thrives?
Building a movement. We know that change begins with individuals. That’s why in 2015, our local volunteers knocked on nearly 20,000 doors to spread the word about high-quality early childhood education and ending preventable deaths. We’re also working in seven states—Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado and Washington—to build national momentum that we can take to state and federal decision-makers to raise support for early learning and life-saving legislation. The result? Last year, our supporters generated more than 300,000 letters to lawmakers.
Working across the aisle. Kids’ futures depend on the actions of lawmakers today. This is why, together with a large and diverse group of nonprofit organizations, SCAN lobbied Republicans and Democrats alike to cosponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. The result? In 2015, 61 U.S. Representatives and 7 Senators from both parties signed on to the Reach Act, which would help save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women within a generation.

Reach Every Mother and Child Act

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act would scale up the solutions we know work to end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation.

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End of Childhood Report

End of Childhood Report

Save the Children’s new report – the first in an annual series – takes a hard look at the events that rob children of their childhoods.

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