The Workforce behind the Workforce bill is a bipartisan bill that will offer more tools to child care employers for recruitment and retention of staff. Please send a message telling the committee members to vote for SB446!
We’re Empowering Citizens of New Hampshire to Be the Voice for Kids
People in New Hampshire overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.
After years of work by advocates, supporters in New Hampshire and coalition partners, Governor Chris Sununu signed bipartisan legislation in 2017 that ensures more kids in the Granite State will have access to day kindergarten. We are continuing to push for full funding and increased access to high-quality early education, including full-day kindergarten, for all children in New Hampshire.
There is so much in the news today screaming out for our attention that it’s easy to overlook a program known as the Build Back Better Plan originally introduced by President Joe Biden as the “American Families Plan.” While this plan may seem less dramatic than other news stories it has important implications for the long-term health of our country and its families, parents and children.
In the U.S., many of our most vulnerable depend on WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. While WIC is essential to those who use it, only about half of those eligible for it benefit because it requires in-person visits to sign-up locations, doesn’t allow for online shopping or delivery, and ends before many children start kindergarten and become eligible for school meal programs.
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.
State Manager, New Hampshire
Dellie Champagne is passionate about working with and for children. Her work includes classroom teaching, college teaching and more recently, teaching advocates how to elevate their voices about important issues. Her primary focus is on issues that affect children and families. Dellie was instrumental in creating and advocating for policy change to strengthen NH’s System of Care for children. Additionally, Dellie wears many hats as she sits on four boards of agencies that serve children and families. She has long been a strong advocate in her personal life for her son who is on the autism spectrum and lives with a serious and persistent mental illness. Dellie has received numerous awards throughout her career that have highlighted her commitment to serving children. Most recently she received the Citizen of the Year for NH award by the Social Workers Association. She holds a BA in Sociology and a M.Ed in Education.
Dellie is excited to join her colleagues at SCAN to continue to improve the lives of children and families in the United States – specifically, NH.