During the 2016 primaries, Save the Children Action Network sponsored the influential New Hampshire-based WMUR-TV series called “Conversation with the Candidate.” Throughout the year, presidential candidates from both parties participated in one-hour interviews conducted by WMUR and featuring town hall-style questions from New Hampshire voters. Learn what candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said during these interviews about their position on early childhood education and the survival of moms and kids.
In addition, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have offered proposals to address the increasing cost of child care. The average cost of full-time child care nationally is more than $17,000 for an infant and more than $12,000 for a 4-year-old. In 23 states, the cost of child care is higher than in-state college tuition. Read SCAN’s analysis of their proposals at the links below.
Hillary Clinton (D):
On early childhood education: “I am a strong supporter of [early childhood and other universal pre-kindergarten programs] because the evidence is overwhelming that if you want a competitive economy for the future, your kids, our kids, have to be better prepared when they walk into kindergarten, and there is no doubt that a good, quality early childhood program and pre-kindergarten would make that happen.”
On maternal and child survival: “I am very proud of the foreign assistance that the US government gives to help people. If you look at what we have accomplished with HIV, AIDS, preventing mother to child transmission . . . from cutting maternal deaths in half since 1995, dealing with diseases like malaria, getting bed nets, vaccines, other materials out, we have done a lot, but could do more.
On child care: Hillary Clinton’s Child Care Plan (August 2016).
Donald Trump (R):
On early childhood education: “I agree with [investing in our youngest children]. There’s nothing like starting young . . . getting that education and that young upbringing is so important.”
On child care: Donald Trump’s Child Care Plan (August 2016).