Save the Children Action Network announced the results of a national survey that identified Democratic primary voters’ desire to hear more from presidential candidates on the issue of access to child care and preschool.
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.
Children across the Granite State deserve the opportunity to thrive. Studies suggest that kids who receive a high-quality early childhood education are 20% more likely to graduate from high school and are likely to earn – on average – a 50% higher income as adults.
Success in New Hampshire
In 2017, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation that provided at least $9 million in additional state funding for full-day kindergarten.
This milestone was the result of three years of work by Save the Children Action Network to implement our four-pronged approach of grassroots mobilization, media engagement, political endorsements, and legislative lobbying on behalf of kids.
With our lack of affordable child care and the opioid epidemic devastating the Granite State, many families are in need of support services.However without vital state funding for our work, we cannot provide families with the support they need.
Childhood trauma, including disrupted education, causes lasting damage, and this issue is prevalent in kids living in conflict zones like in Yemen and Syria. Children cannot mitigate these risks, but we can.
From the high cost to the scarcity of licensed programs, working families with young children face significant barriers to accessing child care.
Mobilization Manager, New Hampshire
Emily Johnson is the Manager of Mobilization in New Hampshire. She joined SCAN in June of 2016 after beginning her organizing career at the New Hampshire Sierra Club. Her interest in advocacy began at Colby-Sawyer College, where she studied public health and volunteered on a variety of social justice campaigns.
A New Hampshire native, Emily grew up in Freedom and currently resides in Concord with her Australian Cattle Dog, Plum.