As a pediatrician caring for infants and youngsters, I know that high-quality early childhood programs, such as child care, help children thrive. I also I know how difficult it is to find high-quality child care that is affordable.
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Since 1990, the annual number of deaths of children under the age of five has been cut in half. This has largely been accomplished by expanding access to life-saving maternal and child health solutions, including trained health care workers, clean birthing practices, vaccines, nutritional supplements, and handwashing with soap.
In an effort to raise awareness about socioeconomic inequalities that are robbing children of their childhoods, Save the Children released a new report, "Growing Up Rural in America," which details why child poverty is particularly dire in the rural U.S.
Child care is a critical component of a high-quality education early in life. That's why we're proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan Colorado House Bill 1208, which provides a refundable tax credit to families making $60,000 or less annually with child care expenses.
I strongly believe that all children deserve a strong start in life. And I'm not alone. A vast majority of likely voters in Tennessee who responded to a recent poll commissioned by Save the Children Action Network said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports investments in high-quality early childhood education.
Save the Children has released its second annual End of Childhood Report, which examines some of the reasons why the youngest citizens around the world — and here in Kentucky — are missing out on the childhoods they deserve.
Despite severe partisanship in Washington, our leaders agree on the need to save lives. No matter which party has held power in the White House or Congress, the U.S has played a leading role in helping to save the lives of mothers and children around the world.
Tax credits tied to child care expenditures can help our families with high costs, but current polices do not meet the needs of many working families in Pueblo and throughout Colorado. Fortunately, a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the state House of Representatives would expand the child care expenses income tax credit, assisting more low-income and middle-income families across the state.
As director of an early childhood education center, I see that working families with young children in our community are under pressure to make ends meet. Fortunately, leaders at the Colorado State Legislature introduced a bill that would assist more families afford quality child care.