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  • Urge Your Representative to Protect Funding for Child Care

    Child Care Development Block Grants help middle and low-income families afford quality child care. But right now only one in six children who are eligible for this program receive it.

    Instead of boosting funding for this program, some members of Congress are talking about cutting it. Access affordable child care helps parents work so they can support their family. High-quality child care ensures children are getting what they need during the critical first five years of life when the majority of brain development occurs.

    Urge your member of Congress to show support for helping more families have access to affordable child care by support robust funding for Child Care Development Block Grants.

    Personalizing your message makes a big difference to members of Congress. Add a sentence or two about why you care making quality child care more affordable.

  • Last Chance to Protect Funding for Early Education Programs in South Carolina

    Effective early learning programs that help kids succeed are in jeopardy if we don’t act. Soon a handful of state lawmakers will decide whether to continue funding for Save the Children’s home visiting, in-school and after-school programs that teach kids literacy and healthy choices.

    These programs reach kids in rural areas of the state – like Barnwell, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Union counties. If these funds are cut, they will miss out on these effective early education programs.

    Sign this petition and urge your lawmakers to protect funding for Save the Children’s early learning programs. By asking your lawmakers to continue to fund effective programs, you’re giving South Carolina’s kids a strong start in life.

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  • Urge Your Member of Congress to Expand Early Education in Tax Reform

    High-quality early learning is one of the most effective ways to help kids escape poverty and ensure equal opportunity for all, leading to higher graduation and employment rates. Unfortunately, not all kids have access to these programs.

    Through the tax reform debate that is starting on Capitol Hill, we have a chance to make early education more accessible to low- and middle-income families.

    This Tax Day, urge your member of Congress to include expanded early childhood education tax credits in tax reform.

  • Call Congress in Support of Head Start

    President Trump’s initial budget proposes a huge cut to the department that funds Head Start. Head Start provides comprehensive educational, health, nutritional and psychological support to vulnerable children and their families.

    Please call your members of Congress to urge them to protect funding for Head Start. Calls are an easy and effective way to make your voice heard!

    When making your calls, you can either call your members of Congress directly using the number provided or select the "click to call" button which will call you directly and connect you with your member of Congress. Remember to report back on your call. 

    Note: Due to high call volume to Congress, you may need to try calling more than once.

  • Protect Head Start Funding

    Meet 5-year old Jahzara. Because of Head Start, she started kindergarten in her home state of Arkansas knowing how to spell her name, identify shapes, and recognize letters. Head Start transforms the lives of children like Jahzara.

    But the Trump administration has proposed big cuts to the department that funds Head Start. Only a strong response from people like you will ensure that Congress will protect funding for this vital program.

    Send your members of Congress a message today and ask them to reject any attempts to cut Head Start funding. 

    Personalized messages go a long way with members of Congress. Consider adding a sentence or two into your message about why you support Head Start. 
  • Tell Your Senator to Expand Preschool for Iowa’s kids & Support HF 564!

    Soon, members of the Iowa Senate will debate House File 564, a bill that would help more children get access to quality preschool programs.
    Send a message to your senator today and urge them to commit to investing in Iowa’s kids.

    Include a personal message about why you think it’s important to invest in early childhood education programs.

  • Protect Funding for Early Education Programs in South Carolina

    Protect Funding for Early Education Programs in South Carolina

    Effective early learning programs that help kids succeed could be in jeopardy if we don’t act.  The South Carolina Senate will decide soon about whether to continue funding for Save the Children’s home visiting, in-school and after-school programs that teach kids literacy and healthy choices.

    These programs reach kids in rural areas of the state – like Barnwell, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Union counties. If these funds are cut, they will miss out on these effective early education programs.

    Urge your state senator to protect funding for Save the Children’s early learning programs. By asking your lawmakers to continue to fund effective programs, you’re giving South Carolina’s kids a strong start in life.

    Please add your own reason why early learning is important to you to the draft text. Your state senator needs to hear your story.

  • Granite State Kids Deserve Full-Day Kindergarten!

    The House Finance Committee cut funding to support full-day kindergarten from the state budget. We urgently need to restore these funds so more kids have a strong start in school.

    In New Hampshire, early childhood programs, like full-day kindergarten, have shown lasting gains in academic achievement, increased graduation rates, and reduced crime rates. Investing in full-day kindergarten would not only benefit individual children, but also our state’s economy.

    Send a message to your state representative urging support for restoring that funding to ensure that New Hampshire’s kids have an equal opportunity to succeed.

    Include a personal message about why investing in early learning and full-day kindergarten is important to you.

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    In his budget, Governor Sununu took the first step and included increased grant funding to targeted communities offering full day kindergarten—now it’s time for the New Hampshire House Finance Committee to act.

    Send a message to your state representative urging support for expanded full-day kindergarten to ensure that more children have an equal opportunity to succeed.

    Include a personal message about why investing in early learning and full-day kindergarten is important to you.

  • Tell Your Senators to Oppose Funding Cuts to Child Survival Programs

    Meet six-month-old baby Exodus, who survived malaria. He recovered thanks to the quick treatment by staff at Save the Children’s mobile health clinic in Uganda. The U.S. has been a global leader in helping to save the lives of children from illnesses like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea. Since 1990, American international aid helped reduce deaths of children worldwide by half.

    But now, these programs that have helped millions are in jeopardy. Congress is considering President Trump’s budget proposal, which makes devastating cuts to the foreign assistance budget. Drastic cuts to successful programs would reverse all the good that America has done to build stronger communities and save lives around the world.

    We should preserve America’s legacy of helping children around the world survive and thrive. Urge your senators to sign on to a bipartisan letter calling for robust funding for child and maternal survival programs.

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    Child Care Development Block Grants help middle and low-income families afford quality child care. But right now only one in six children who are eligible for this program receive it.

    Instead of boosting funding for this program, some members of Congress are talking about cutting it. Access affordable child care helps parents work so they can support their family. High-quality child care ensures children are getting what they need during the critical first five years of life when the majority of brain development occurs.

    Urge your member of Congress to show support for helping more families have access to affordable child care by signing on to a letter that Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) is circulating to her colleagues.

    Personalizing your message makes a big difference to members of Congress. Add a sentence or two about why you care making quality child care more affordable.

  • Thank Rep. Tom Cole for Protecting Head Start

    President Trump has proposed drastic cuts to Head Start – a program with a long history of helping millions of our most vulnerable children break the cycle of poverty by providing kids with quality early education and other services.

    Head Start is an effective program that has life-long benefits to the children who participate. From starting kindergarten ready to learn to higher rates of high school graduation and employment, Head Start transforms the lives of children.

    If Head Start is cut, then many children living in poverty will struggle to keep up with their peers. Please ask Congressman Tom Cole to continue working to protect funding for Head Start so more kids have a chance to succeed.

  • Tell Representative Diane Black to Protect Funding for Head Start

    President Trump has proposed drastic cuts to the department that funds Head Start – a program with a long history of helping millions of our most vulnerable children break the cycle of poverty by providing kids with quality early education and other services.

    Head Start is an effective program that has life-long benefits to the children who participate. From starting kindergarten ready to learn to higher rates of high school graduation and employment, Head Start transforms the lives of children.

    If Head Start is cut, then many children living in poverty will struggle to keep up with their peers. Please thank Rep. Black for being a champion for Head Start funding and urge her to protect funding for the program.

  • Tell Your Representative to Oppose Funding Cuts to Programs that Save Kids’ Lives

    The U.S. has been a global leader in helping to save the lives of children from illnesses like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea. Since 1990, American international aid helped reduce deaths of children worldwide by half.

    But now, these programs that have helped millions are in jeopardy. Congress is considering devastating cuts to the international affairs budget. Drastic cuts to successful programs would reverse all the good that America has done to build stronger communities and save lives around the world.

    We should preserve America’s legacy of helping children around the world survive and thrive. Tell your representative to oppose cuts to these programs that save kids’ lives.

  • Urge Congress to Oppose Funding Cuts to Head Start

    President Trump is proposing massive cuts to the department that funds Head Start – a cornerstone program in America’s effort to provide comprehensive early care and education to our nation’s most vulnerable children.

    Now it’s up to Congress to act. We need them to hear loud and clear that Head Start is an effective program that should not be cut.

    A bipartisan team of congressional leaders are asking their colleagues to sign on to a letter that calls for continued funding for Head Start. Please urge your members of Congress to add their name and stand against potential cuts to Head Start.

  • Urge Your Representative to Protect Funding for Child Care

    Child Care Development Block Grants help middle and low-income families afford quality child care. But right now only one in six children who are eligible for this program receive it.

    Instead of boosting funding for this program, some members of Congress are talking about cutting it. Access affordable child care helps parents work so they can support their family. High-quality child care ensures children are getting what they need during the critical first five years of life when the majority of brain development occurs.

    Urge your member of Congress to show support for helping more families have access to affordable child care by signing on to a letter that Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) is circulating to her colleagues.

    Personalizing your message makes a big difference to members of Congress. Add a sentence or two about why you care making quality child care more affordable.

  • Help At-risk Kids in Washington Have Access to High-quality Early Learning

    More than 6,000 Washington State kids are missing out on the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) – an effective early learning program for our state’s most vulnerable children. If we don’t act soon, this program could continue to be woefully underfunded.

    We have the evidence that this program is a remarkable investment that makes a big difference in the lives of at-risk children. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of children by helping them access high-quality early learning. Please urge your state legislators to support ECEAP in this year’s state budget. 

  • Granite State Kids Deserve Full-Day Kindergarten

    In his budget, Governor Sununu took the first step and included increased grant funding to targeted communities offering full day kindergarten—now it’s time for the New Hampshire House Finance Committee to act.

    Send a message to your state representative urging support for expanded full-day kindergarten to ensure that more children have an equal opportunity to succeed.

    Include a personal message about why investing in early learning and full-day kindergarten is important to you.

  • Urge Congress to Oppose the Refugee Ban and Stop Cuts to Programs that Help Refugees

    President Trump released a new executive order banning refugees from coming to America. The order uses different words to accomplish the same thing the Administration tried to do in January – close America’s doors to families fleeing violence and persecution.

    President Trump also proposed massive cuts to the humanitarian assistance programs that help refugees like Amena* and her family rebuild their lives. Cutting funds for these vital programs when we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II is cruel and inhumane. We are better than this. 

    Urge Congress to oppose the refugee ban and any cuts to humanitarian assistance programs.

    * name has been changed to protect her identity
  • Urge Congress to Oppose the Refugee Ban and Stop Cuts to Programs that Help Refugees

    President Trump released a new executive order banning refugees from coming to America. The order uses different words to accomplish the same thing the Administration tried to do in January – close America’s doors to families fleeing violence and persecution.

    President Trump also proposed massive cuts to the humanitarian assistance programs that help refugees like Amena* and her family rebuild their lives. Cutting funds for these vital programs when we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II is cruel and inhumane. We are better than this. 

    Urge Congress to oppose the refugee ban and any cuts to humanitarian assistance programs.

    * name has been changed to protect her identity
  • Oppose Cuts to Programs that Save Kids’ Lives

     

    President Trump is proposing massive cuts to development assistance programs. Bipartisan U.S. leadership has helped the world achieve a more than 50% decline in the number of preventable child deaths. 

    Cutting effective, lifesaving programs will result in the needless suffering of children like 19-month old Rabiou from Niger, who was malnourished and sick with diarrhea. Luckily, Rabiou received proper treatment and is getting better. But if we cut funding for health, nutrition and other development   programs, including those that help refugees, more children will die. 

    These budget cuts will reverse the good will and positive impact we’ve had on the world. We must stop them. Tell President Trump you oppose these funding cuts.

  • Tell Your Representative to Oppose Funding Cuts to Head Start

    President Trump has proposed drastic cuts to the department that funds Head Start – a program with a long history of helping millions of our most vulnerable children break the cycle of poverty by providing kids with quality early education and other services.

    Head Start is an effective program that has life-long benefits to the children who participate. From starting kindergarten ready to learn to higher rates of high school graduation and employment, Head Start transforms the lives of children.

    If Head Start is cut, then many children living in poverty will struggle to keep up with their peers. Please tell your member of Congress to protect funding for Head Start so more kids have a chance to succeed.

  • Tell Your Representative to Expand Preschool for Kids Living in Poverty & Support HF 25!

    Soon, members of the House Education Committee are debating House File 25, a bill that would help more children in poverty get access to quality preschool programs.

    Send a message to your representative today and urge them to commit to investing in Iowa’s kids.

    Include a personal message about why you think it’s important to invest in early childhood education programs.

  • Tell Your Representative to Oppose Funding Cuts to Programs that Save Kids’ Lives

    The U.S. has been a global leader in helping to save the lives of children from illnesses like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea. Since 1990, American international aid helped reduce deaths of children worldwide by half.

    But now, these programs that have helped millions are in jeopardy. Congress is considering devastating cuts to the international affairs budget. Drastic cuts to successful programs would reverse all the good that America has done to build stronger communities and save lives around the world.

    We should preserve America’s legacy of helping children around the world survive and thrive. Tell your representative to oppose cuts to these programs that save kids’ lives.

  • Thank Rep. Tom Cole for Protecting Head Start

    President Trump has proposed drastic cuts to the department that funds Head Start – a program with a long history of helping millions of our most vulnerable children break the cycle of poverty by providing kids with quality early education and other services.

    Head Start is an effective program that has life-long benefits to the children who participate. From starting kindergarten ready to learn to higher rates of high school graduation and employment, Head Start transforms the lives of children.

    If Head Start is cut, then many children living in poverty will struggle to keep up with their peers. Please ask Congressman Tom Cole to continue working to protect funding for Head Start so more kids have a chance to succeed.

  • Protect Funding for Early Education Programs in South Carolina

    Protect Funding for Early Education Programs in South Carolina

    An effective early learning program that helps kids succeed could be in jeopardy if we don’t act. Soon the South Carolina House of Representatives will decide about whether to continue funding for Save the Children’s home visiting, in-school and after-school programs that teach kids literacy and healthy choices.

    These programs reaches kids in rural areas of the state – like Barnwell, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Union counties – who would miss out on early education if these funds are cut.

    Urge your state representative to protect funding for Save the Children’s early learning programs. By asking your lawmakers to continue to fund effective programs, you’re giving South Carolina’s kids a strong start in life.

    Please add your own reason why early learning is important to you to the draft text. Your representative needs to hear your story.

  • Thank Gov. Sununu for His Support of Full-Day Kindergarten

    Governor Sununu demonstrated his commitment to all of New Hampshire’s kids by including funding for full-day kindergarten in his first budget. Access to full-day kindergarten gives every child in our state a strong start in life and equal opportunity to succeed.

    This is a big victory for New Hampshire kids! Thank Governor Sununu for championing full-day kindergarten and early learning for all Granite State families.

    Please add your own thank you message or reason why full-day kindergarten is important to you to the draft text.

  • Protect Funding for Lifesaving Health & Nutrition Programs

    Meet Bahati from Tanzania.

    When she was just three months old, she came down with malaria. Tragically, preventable illnesses like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea result in the deaths of 5.9 million children under the age of five each year.

    Luckily for Bahati her mom was able to take her to a local health clinic where she was treated. Simple, low-cost treatments saved Bahati’s life.

    The world has made huge progress in cutting preventable deaths of kids by more than half since 1990. Send a message to Congress today urging them to protect funding for lifesaving health and nutrition programs.

  • Thank Senators Who Publicly Oppose the Refugee Ban

    President Trump issued a new executive order that bars all Syrian refugees from resettlement in the U.S. and drastically reduces the number of refugees from anywhere who can find safety here. This ban places children who are fleeing for their lives at great risk.

    Refugee children, like 5-year old Majida* who fled her Syrian home with her family – have been terrorized. They are not terrorists.

    Please send a thank you to your senators who have come out to publicly oppose to the ban. 

    *Name changed to protect this child's identity.

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    President Trump issued a new executive order that bars all Syrian refugees from resettlement in the U.S. and drastically reduces the number of refugees from anywhere who can find safety here. This ban places children who are fleeing for their lives at great risk.

    Refugee children, like 4-year old Nada* who fled her Syrian home with her family -- have been terrorized. They are not terrorists.

    Please send a thank you to your lawmakers who have come out in opposition to the ban. And continue to put pressure on those who are silent or support it. 

    *Name changed to protect this child's identity.

  • Thank Members of Congress Who Oppose the Refugee Ban & Urge Others to Publicly Oppose It

    President Trump issued a new executive order that bars all Syrian refugees from resettlement in the U.S. and drastically reduces the number of refugees from anywhere who can find safety here. This ban places children who are fleeing for their lives at great risk.

    Refugee children, like 4-year old Nada* who fled her Syrian home with her family – have been terrorized. They are not terrorists.

    Please send a thank you to your lawmakers who have come out in opposition to the ban. And continue to put pressure on those who are silent or support it. 

    *Name changed to protect this child's identity.

  • Call Your Members of Congress to Urge Them to Oppose the Refugee Ban

    President Trump recently issued a new executive order that would bar all Syrian refugees from resettlement in the U.S. and drastically reduce the number of refugees from anywhere who can find safety here.

    The vast majority of the 65 million people fleeing war and persecution in this world are children. Their only chance for survival and a better future relies on access to safety.

    Please call your members of Congress to urge them to oppose this ban. Calls are an easy and effective way to make your voice heard! 

    Due to high call volume this week, you may need to try calling more than once.

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  • Urge Congress to Oppose the Refugee Ban

    President Trump issued a new executive order that will reduce refugee admissions by more than half, grind all resettlements to a halt and indefinitely ban Syrian refugees from entering the United States. This ban places children who are fleeing for their lives at great risk.

    Refugee children, like 4-year old Nada* who fled her Syrian home with her family – have been terrorized. They are not terrorists.

    Please urge your members of Congress to oppose this ban today.

    *Name changed to protect this child's identity.

  • Protect Funding for Early Learning Programs

    Congress is currently deciding which programs receive funding – and which ones will get cut. High-quality early education programs are an investment worth making because they help children break out of the cycle of poverty.

    Programs that help kids have access to preschool – like Head Start and Preschool Development Grants – and those that help families afford quality child care – like Child Care Development Block Grants – transform the lives of kids, their families and our economy.

    Please urge your members of Congress to protect these programs from cuts.

  • Help Expand Early Learning Programs: Call Your Representative Today

    Effective early learning programs help transform the lives of kids living in poverty. But millions of children are missing out on these programs due to lack of funding.

    Legislation called the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA, H.R. 576) would help change this. Through private-public partnerships, it would help secure funding to help more kids access proven early education programs.

    Ask your representative to cosponsor this bill today by making a quick call!

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  • Thank Your Representative for Introducing Legislation to Expand Effective Early Learning Programs

    Meet 2-year old Alexis. She lives with her family on a reservation in Arizona that is among the poorest in the country. Nearly 50% of the people live below the poverty line. 

    Effective early learning programs can transform the lives of kids like Alexis – and break the cycle of poverty. But millions of children are missing out on these programs.

    Your representative recently introduced legislation called the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 576). Through private-public partnerships, it would help secure funding to help more kids access proven early education programs – like the one Alexis participates in. 

    Please thank your representative for introducing this innovative approach to helping to fund early education and other social programs.

  • Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor Legislation to Expand Effective Early Learning Programs

    Meet 2-year old Alexis. She lives with her family on a reservation in Arizona that is among the poorest in the country. Nearly 50% of the people live below the poverty line.

    Effective early learning programs help transform the lives of kids like Alexis – and break the cycle of poverty. But millions of children are missing out on these programs.

    Legislation called the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA, H.R. 576) would help change this. Through private-public partnerships, it would help secure funding to help more kids access proven early education programs.

    Kids can’t wait! Please urge your representative to cosponsor this legislation today.

  • Help more Washington Kids have Access to Early Learning

    All children deserve the chance to succeed in life. Yet more than half of the children in Washington State enter kindergarten without the basic skills they need to thrive.

    Tell your state senator and representative that they need to invest in our kids during this year’s legislative session.

    Washington’s kids can’t wait! Urge your lawmakers to continue to make early learning a priority today.

    Please add your own reason why early learning is important to you to the draft text. Your representative needs to hear your story. 

  • Protect Iowa Preschool Funding

    This year, the state of Iowa faces $100 million in budget cuts, which means programs that help kids prepare to enter school ready to learn could be cut.

    As our state lawmakers get back to work, urge them to protect funding for early childhood education and support investments in early learning.

    Investing in early education programs is an investment in the future of our state. Please ask your lawmakers to make early learning a priority.

    Please add your own reason why early learning is important to you to the draft text. Your representative needs to hear your story.

  • Urge Sununu to Fulfill His Promise to Invest in Full-Day Kindergarten

    Early education received a lot of attention during this year’s election season. During his campaign, Governor-elect Sununu voiced his support of full-day kindergarten and promised to include a plan for funding statewide full-day kindergarten programs in his budget.

    Help remind the Governor-elect of his promise, which will benefit children and families across New Hampshire.

    Please sign our petition today calling on Governor-elect Sununu to fund full-day kindergarten.

  • Urge Your Member of Congress to Resolve to Invest in Kids in 2017

    Millions of kids in the U.S. are missing out on early learning. The result? More kids starting school behind and never catching up. Meanwhile, kids around the world are dying from preventable and treatable conditions like diarrhea and malnutrition.

    We can change this. Together we can send a strong message to our elected leaders that investing in children today is a down payment on a better future for all of us.

    Please send a New Year’s message to your members of Congress urging them to invest in kids this year.
  • Urge Sununu to Fulfill His Promise to Invest in Full-Day Kindergarten

    Early education received a lot of attention during last year’s election season. During the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Chris Sununu voiced his support of full-day kindergarten and promised to include a plan for funding statewide full-day kindergarten programs in his budget.

    Help remind the Governor of his promise, which will benefit children and families across New Hampshire.

    Please sign our petition today calling on Governor Sununu to fund full-day kindergarten.

  • Urge Your Senators to Pass Legislation to Help Millions of Kids Go to School

    Meet 10-year old Bontu from Ethiopia. Bontu loves to read and solve riddles. She’s one of the lucky girls in her community that gets to attend school.

    But not all girls are so lucky. Sadly, girls are still more likely than boys to be out of school. Lack of education has a negative impact on these girls’ lives and dramatically increases the likelihood that they will be married before turning 18.

    The Education for All Act (S. 3256) will help change this. This bill would help remove barriers that prevent kids from going to school. Help transform the lives of millions of kids around the world by urging your Senator to support passage of the Education for All Act.

  • Iowa Legislature: Prioritize Early Education in the 2017 Legislature

    More than half of Iowa's 3 and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool. Without participating in early learning programs, many children, especially those from low-income families, will start school behind and may not catch up. 

    We can’t wait until the new Iowa legislature convenes in January to call for greater investments in high-quality early childhood education and preschool programs.

    Send a strong message to our legislators that our kids are our future. Please sign our petition urging the Iowa legislature to prioritized greater investment in quality preschool programs during the 2017 legislative session. 
  • Washington Legislature: Prioritize Early Education in the 2017 Legislature

    More than half of the children in Washington State enter kindergarten without the basic skills they need to thrive. That is why Washington State ranks 33rd in the nation for access to state preschool for 4-year-olds, meaning thousands of the state’s children from middle-and lower-income homes do not arrive at school with opportunities equal to those of their more well-off peers. Without access to high-quality early learning programs, children fall behind. Many never catch up.

    We can’t wait until the new Washington legislature convenes in January to call for greater investments in high-quality early childhood education and preschool programs. Send a strong message to our legislators that our kids are our future.

    Please sign our petition urging the Washington legislature to prioritize greater investment in quality preschool programs during the 2017 legislative session. 

  • Washington Legislature: Prioritize Early Education in the 2017 Legislature

    More than half of the children in Washington State enter kindergarten without the basic skills they need to thrive. That is why Washington State ranks 33rd in the nation for access to state preschool for 4-year-olds, meaning thousands of the state’s children from middle-and lower-income homes do not arrive at school with opportunities equal to those of their more well-off peers. Without access to high-quality early learning programs, children fall behind. Many never catch up.

    We can’t wait until the new Washington legislature convenes in January to call for greater investments in high-quality early childhood education and preschool programs. Send a strong message to our legislators that our kids are our future.

    Please sign our petition urging the Washington legislature to prioritized greater investment in quality preschool programs during the 2017 legislative session. 

  • House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell: Pass a Spending Bill that Protects Funding for Programs that Save Kids’ Lives

    Every minute, 11 children under age 5 die from preventable causes. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    With U.S. leadership, the world has seen more than 50% drop in the number of children and moms who have died from preventable causes. 

    Now, funding for effective health and nutrition programs that contributed to this drop in preventable deaths are in danger. If Congress waits until next spring to pass a budget bill, the funding gains we made this year may be lost. That means moms and kids around the world will miss out on vaccines, treatment for diarrhea, antibiotics for pneumonia and more putting their lives at risk. 

    Please sign our petition to House Speaker Ryan and Senate Leader McConnell urging them to pass a budget that protects funding for health and nutrition programs that save kids’ lives. 

  • Sign the Petition: President Trump, Make Early Education Part of Your First 100 Days Agenda

    Millions of our nation’s kids are missing out on early learning. The science is clear that when kids participate in early learning programs they are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

    That’s why president Trump must make early childhood education a priority in his first hundred days in office. 

    Please add your name to show president Trump that we want him to make expanded access to early learning a priority.
  • Sign the Petition: Ask Your Senators to Expand Effective Early Learning Programs

    Before they adjourn for the year, the U.S. Senate has a chance to expand early learning programs by passing the Social Impact Partnership Act (S. 1089).

    This bill would allow private investments to fund the up-front costs of programs that work – like early education – without risking taxpayer dollars if the programs don’t deliver results.

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the bill and time is running out for the Senate to pass this bill. If we don’t pass the Social Impact Partnership Act before Congress finishes up their work, we’ll need to start again next year. The millions of kids missing out on early learning can’t wait that long. 

    Sign our petition to urge your senator to call for a vote on the bill this year! 
  • Save 15 Million Kids’ Lives: Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Reach Act

    Every minute, 11 children under age 5 die from preventable causes. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    With U.S. leadership, the world has seen more than a 50% drop in the number of children and moms who have died from preventable causes. 

    Legislation introduced in Congress – the Reach Every Mother and Child Act – would scale up effective health and nutrition programs to reach more moms and kids. If enacted, it could save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 moms.

    Please urge your members of Congress to cosponsor this legislation today! 

  • Protect Funding for Early Learning Programs

    Congress is finalizing next year’s budget right now. If we don’t act, critical early learning programs that help kids have access to quality preschool and child care programs will lose out.

    Programs like Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants and Preschool Development Grants help kids learn important life skills, like sharing and taking turns, in addition to literacy and early math skills. 

    We can’t let our nation’s children lose out on these programs! Please tell your members of Congress to protect funding for early learning programs.

  • Hold the Next President Accountable for Kids

    The research is clear: quality early learning programs help children succeed in school and life.

    Unfortunately, too many American children are missing out on early childhood education. To raise the best and the brightest we need to help more kids have the opportunity to succeed by expanding early learning programs.

    Sign our pledge to urge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to commit to making quality early childhood education a priority.

  • Pledge to Vote for Early Education

    Children are born ready to learn, but too many of the 16 million U.S. children living in poverty enter school not prepared to succeed. Without access to these programs, children fall behind. Many never catch up.

    Our elected leaders can change this but only if we show them that investing in kids is a priority. Pledge to vote for candidates who support early education today! 
  • Pledge to Be a Voice for Children

    Kids can’t vote, and they don’t give money to candidates.

    That’s why we need people around the country who will be a voice for children.

    Together, we will hold politicians accountable. We will expand early learning opportunities in the United States and end the scourge of preventable deaths of moms and kids worldwide.

    Sign the pledge to say you’re with us. 

  • Urge Congress to Oppose Funding Cuts to Head Start

    President Trump is proposing massive cuts to the department that funds Head Start – a cornerstone program in America’s effort to provide comprehensive early care and education to our nation’s most vulnerable children.

    Now it’s up to Congress to act. We need them to hear loud and clear that Head Start is an effective program that should not be cut.

    A bipartisan team of congressional leaders are asking their colleagues to sign on to a letter that calls for continued funding for Head Start. Please urge your members of Congress to add their name and stand against potential cuts to Head Start.

  • Help At-Risk Kids in Washington Have Access to High-Quality Early Learning

    More than 6,000 Washington State kids are missing out on the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) – an effective early learning program for our state’s most vulnerable children. If we don’t act soon, this program could continue to be woefully underfunded.

    We have the evidence that this program is a remarkable investment that makes a big difference in the lives of at-risk children. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of children by helping them access high-quality early learning. Please urge your state legislators to support ECEAP in this year’s state budget. 

  • Thank Your Member of Congress for Cosponsoring the Reach Every Mother and Child Act

    Great news! Your member of Congress recently agreed to cosponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1911/H.R. 3706). If enacted, this bill could help the U.S. end preventable child and maternal deaths.

    All children deserve a strong start in life – no matter where they live. Thanks in part to U.S. government leadership and investments, 53% fewer children around the world have died before age 5 from preventable causes, like malaria and pneumonia, since 1990. This is a huge success that the Reach Every Mother and Child Act would build upon.

    Please thank your member of Congress for providing leadership on this issue.