One of the programs that has helped our nation achieve greater equality is Head Start. A new report from the Center for American Progress shows how Head Start has been a critical resource in expanding early education opportunities to vulnerable kids who live in hard-to-reach communities across America.
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Megan and Stephanie attend an after-school program that helps with homework and offers activities that combine fitness and fun. Most importantly, it provides them with a safe place to go while their parents are still at work. But despite the overwhelming benefits that after school programs like theirs can offer to students, families and communities, the federal Fiscal Year 2019 budget would eliminate a vital after school program that benefits millions of Americans.
When it comes to our children’s futures, we want what’s best for them. If we get kids the proper education they need during their early years, we can give them a strong foundation that will set them up for future success.
This week, more than 250 advocates from 34 states attended the annual Save the Children and SCAN Advocacy Summit to receive targeted advocacy training and urge lawmakers to invest in kids. The advocates met with more than 150 lawmakers from both parties and urged them to make key investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal, newborn and child survival programs overseas.
Last week, Washington State ended its 2018 legislative session. And it was monumental.
Advocacy is one of the most powerful and effective ways you can use your voice to raise awareness about the needs of vulnerable children and put pressure on our elected leaders to act.
Princess is a seasoned parent from Denver, Colorado with four children and three grandchildren—spanning ages two to 30. She’s also an active volunteer in her community and an avid advocate of early childhood education.
Although students are busy working on behalf of their classmates, they still found time this Valentine’s Day to advocate for ALL kids in Colorado. The student council worked with parents and SCAN volunteers to produce valentine cards asking lawmakers to prioritize kids by investing in early childhood education.
The Save the Children Head Start center is a rare resource for low-income families in Kristen and Easton’s northwest Arkansas community, which struggles with poverty and unemployment. It offers parents critical resources and guidance, and an opportunity for their kids to gain essential early learning and social skills.
Parents want to do what’s best for their children, but unfortunately, not all of them have the resources or skills to do so.