We are deeply saddened at the passing of Susan Rees, a great builder of the Coalition on Human Needs who served as Executive Director from 1983 to 1991.
We are so grateful Susan’s family has suggested contributions be made to CHN in Susan’s memory to continue the fight for justice.
If you would like to contribute to honor Susan Rees, please use the form below and email Radha Rath at email@example.com to let us know you are contributing in Susan’s memory.
You may also contribute by mail at the following address: Coalition on Human Needs, 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 411, Washington, DC 20006.
Tell Congress: End the crisis in child care and early education!
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The child care crisis in the United States continues to dramatically impact the lives of children and their families, stretching household budgets and causing parents to miss work when quality care cannot be found.
Even when child care slots can be found, working families face an incredible financial strain to afford child care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the crisis in child care far worse.
Just 29% of parents report the child care arrangement they had at the start of the pandemic was open without any changes
57% of parents reported that the lack of child care options and increased child care responsibilities in the home have directly impacted their ability to work over the last month.
Even before the pandemic, child care was unaffordable for many families. The cost of child care exceeds $10,000 a year in many parts of the country. Nearly half (47%) of parents can only afford less than $200 a week for child care and 22% say they can afford no more than $50 a week.
The pandemic has made it incredibly difficult for families to find and afford quality child care, and even as the pandemic recedes, those issues remain a top concern.
We have a historic opportunity for Congress to fund child care and pre-school, and reform the system in a meaningful way.
The Biden administration’s American Families Plan aims to invest in child care, sending $225 billion over 10 years into federally supported child care programs. Under the President’s plan, the cost of child care would be capped at 7 percent of a family’s earnings for millions of working families. In addition, Biden’s proposal would provide $200 billion for voluntary pre-school programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, and continue expanded tax credits to make child care more affordable for families.
In order for Congress to act, they must hear from us.
Click here to send a message to your members of Congress and tell them to take action to end the child care and early childhood education crisis in the United States.
CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship February 12, 2021
The Saving Children from Povertyedition.This week’s COVID-19 Watch is all about children. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, now being turned into legislation in the House, includes provisions that taken together, would cut child poverty in half, according to the Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy. And just one of those proposals, the increase in the Child Tax Credit, would have the biggest impact, lifting 40 percent of children out of poverty. That means Congress is now working on a plan that will do immense good.
Here are some important truths: (1) child poverty can cause long-lasting harm in children; (2) the pandemic has increased poverty and its attendant hardships of hunger and the struggle to meet other basic needs; (3) poor children are more likely to fall behind in school, and the pandemic’s online schooling is making this worse; (4) children of color are disproportionately poor and disproportionately subject to the hardships children are now experiencing; and (5) Congress has the opportunity to take a gigantic step to reduce the harm. No one should fail to see how much is at stake for children now. Everyone should make sure Congress enacts the American Rescue Plan.
The Child Tax Credit is one major advance cited below, but there is so much more that benefits children in the Rescue Plan. Other forms of cash aid, such as continued unemployment benefits andthe $1,400 payments, allow families to pay their bills. Raising the minimum wage gradually to $15/hour will help families make ends meet. Increased nutrition aid and emergency rental assistance are essential. More child care funding, paid leave, aid for schools and other state and local services, expanded health coverage and vaccines – all will help children and their families.
Advocates are continuing to press to help more children in immigrant families, millions of whom are still left out. The unemployment benefits in the bill should extend till the end of September, not the end of August.More Medicaid funds are needed to help people with disabilities and seniors get the services they need and to help statesexpand their Medicaid programs.Let’s add to the good that the American Rescue Plan will do, prevent any cuts to undermine it, and let’s tell every senator and representative to vote for it.
The numberof children that would be lifted out of poverty or made less poorif proposed expansions to the Child Tax Credit are enacted. That includes 4.1 million Latino children, 2.3 million Black children, and 441,000 Asian American children. Tweet this.
Twice as likely; 2 fewer years;
Less than ½ as much
When compared to children in families above twice the poverty line, poor children were twice as likely to report poor health or psychological distress; to complete 2 fewer years of schooling; and earn less than one-half as much as they reached adulthood. Reducing child poverty will improve outcomes for children in ways that will last a lifetime. Tweet this.
The number of children getting free or reduced price school lunches plummeted by 19.1 million from March to April, 2020, because the pandemic shut down schools. But the federal Pandemic-EBT program started, and its participants rose from 2 million in March to 12.6 million in May, 2020. That’s a big success, but it still left millions of children behind.
How many months of learning loss predicted for Black children, Hispanic children, and children in low-income households, assuming low-quality remote instruction and return to in-class education in Jan. 2021 (opening schools is not happening that soon in many places).
Voters in four states represented by moderate senators – Alaska, Arizona, Maine, and West Virginia – support President Biden’s proposed increase in the Child Tax Credit at rates ranging from about 70 – 78 percent, according to a new poll released this week. The poll also found similar support for Biden’s proposed $1,400 one-time payments.