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.
In response to yesterday's announcement that the Biden administration will begin to reunite families separated under the prior administration, Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO, issued the following statement
Save the Children applauds the American Families Plan released by President Biden today, particularly the plan’s unprecedented prioritization of early childhood education and care, as well as its efforts to combat child hunger and poverty.
After yesterday’s introduction of the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act, Cassidy Pont, Federal Governments Relations Manager at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), issued the following statement on behalf of SCAN
SCAN Applauds King County Council for Bringing Renewal of Best Starts for Kid Levy to Vote in August
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds the King County Council for unanimously passing proposed ordinance 2021-0062, giving voters the option of voting ‘yes’ to increase and renew the Best Starts for Kids levy during the August primary. 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.
House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos, Chair Javier Martínez and Chair Antonio “Moe” Maestas Receive 2021 State Champion for Children Award
House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-52), Chair Javier Martínez (D-11) and Chair Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-16) received Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) 2021 State Champion for Children Awards on April 13.
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Applauds Passage of the Fair Start for Kids Act in Washington State
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds the Washington State Legislature for passing the historic Fair Start for Kids Act with a bipartisan vote last night. This robust early care and education legislation will now make high-quality child care, preschool, and infant and toddler programs more accessible and affordable for thousands of Washington families. It will also provide much-needed assistance for early learning professionals.
Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Statement on American Jobs Plan Proposal to Provide Broadband Coverage to Rural America
Following the announcement that the American Jobs Plan would provide 100 percent broadband coverage to rural America, Betsy Zorio, Save the Children Vice President of U.S. Programs, issued the following statement on behalf of Save the Children and its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)
Policy Advisor and Political Strategist Christy Gleason Named Executive Director of Save the Children Action Network
Save the Children announced today that Christy Gleason, strategist and policy advisor to Senator Chris Coons, will become Executive Director of Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) effective April 12.
Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Commend President Biden for Including Child Care Modernization in American Jobs Plan
Save the Children – together with its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) – applauds the proposed child care investments in the American Jobs Plan, released today by the Biden administration. The plan calls on Congress to provide $25 billion to modernize child care infrastructure, upgrading facilities to ensure they meet health and safety requirements, and increasing the number of centers across the country, particularly in child care deserts. Not only does the plan call for increased supply, but it also incentivizes businesses to build on-site child care facilities for their employees.
After yesterday’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing beginning the process of reauthorizing child nutrition legislation, Cassidy Pont, Federal Governments Relations Manager at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), issued the following statement on behalf of SCAN