Press Releases

Save the Children Calls Upon Biden Administration to Immediately End Deportation Flights to Haiti and Treat Asylum-Seeking Children and Families Legally, with Dignity and Respect

Save the Children is deeply disappointed by the Biden administration’s response to the recent influx of Haitian asylum-seekers, particularly the decision to employ Title 42 to deport thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers – many of whom are families and children – despite the worsening humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Not only are Haitian asylum-seeking families and children being rapidly expelled on daily deportation flights, but there have been multiple reports of asylum-seekers being treated inhumanely upon their arrival into the U.S. 

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After Decades of Underinvestment, Save the Children Commends Historic Early Education and Child Nutrition Funding in Draft Version of Build Back Better Act

“We’re thrilled with the prioritization of kids and families in the current draft of the Build Back Better Act. The impact this once-in-a-generation opportunity would have on children and families cannot be overstated. Millions more children would have access to high quality early childhood education and go to bed nourished. Millions more parents – particularly women – could enter or re-enter the workforce. And, countless immigrant families wouldn’t face potential deportation and separation from their American children,” said Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO and Save the Children Action Network Board Chair. “It’s imperative that our legislators take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity and ensure the current provisions for kids and families remain in the final package that gets signed into law. Only then can we begin to build back better and stronger than ever.”

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Historic Increase to SNAP Benefits ‘A Step in the Right Direction’

Save the Children – together with its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network – is thrilled by today’s announcement that the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will rise by 25 percent, on average, above pre-pandemic levels. This is the largest benefit increase in the history of the SNAP program – formerly known as food stamps – that serves over 42 million Americans, including millions of children on the brink of starvation. Distressingly, since the onset of COVID-19, 17 million children have gone hungry, with 2021 projections showing that 13 million children may experience hunger this year alone.

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Save the Children Action Network Thrilled by Best Starts for Kids Renewal

Save the Children Action Network applauds King County for voting ‘yes’ to renew and expand the Best Starts for Kids levy. Best Starts for Kids is a comprehensive program that invests in children and families at all stages of life so that they are happy, healthy, safe and thriving. Since its inception in 2015, Best Starts for Kids has funded nearly 600 programs and directly served over half a million children, youth, and families in King County, with 50 percent of the funds going to birth-to-five investments.

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Save the Children Disappointed in Biden Administration Decision to Indefinitely Extend Title 42

Save the Children is deeply distressed by last night’s announcement that the Biden administration will continue to employ Title 42 for the foreseeable future. Enacted in March of 2020, Title 42 closes the U.S. border to all asylum-seekers on the grounds of protecting public health. However, this policy is not based on scientifically grounded public health evidence, as explained in a letter sent to the Trump administration by medical and public health experts.

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Save the Children Action Network Applauds South Carolina Lawmakers for Expanding Public 4K

Save the Children Action Network is thrilled with the South Carolina state budget, released today, which historically expands the state’s public four-year-old kindergarten program. Before today’s announcement, only four-year-olds residing in low-income school districts could access publicly funded 4K. But, now, all South Carolina four-year-olds from income-eligible families can enroll, no matter where they live.

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Save the Children Action Network and Children’s Campaign Fund Launch Virtual Seattle Mayoral Forum to Elevate Issues Impacting Kids and Youth

Today, Save the Children Action Network and Children’s Campaign Fund launched a first-of-its-kind virtual mayoral forum, The Future for Kids in the Emerald City, an exclusive video series featuring top Seattle mayoral candidates discussing issues critical to Seattle’s children and families. In six videos, candidates Colleen Echohawk, Jessyn Farrell, Bruce Harrell, Andrew Grant Houston and Casey Sixkiller discuss their views on the Seattle Preschool Program, child care, child nutrition, youth homelessness and juvenile justice.

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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.

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Save the Children Applauds Introduction of the SMART Act

Save the Children is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Summer Meals Alternative Relief and Transportation (SMART) Act being introduced in Congress today by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). The SMART Act would ensure children in rural communities and other hard-to-reach areas have access to nutritious meals during the summer months when school meals are not accessible. Currently, at the end of the school year, only 14 percent of eligible low-income children receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), often because they cannot access meal distribution sites due to distance or lack of transportation. The SMART Act would work to address this by establishing an alternate food distribution service option, direct home delivery.

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