- Opportunity for All
- Working Families
- Safe Kids
- Healthy Kids
Opportunity for All
Every child deserves a shot at the American dream. Fighting poverty, discrimination and other barriers is essential to closing the opportunity gap facing America’s children. When every child gets a fair chance at success, America’s families, communities and the economy benefit.
- Nearly 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.
- Children represent 24% of the population, but they comprise 34% of all people in poverty.
Working and having a family shouldn’t be so hard. Stagnant incomes and workplace practices that pit being a parent against being a provider strain families and harm kids. Paid sick and family medical leave, access to affordable childcare and fair wages can help provide the economic security and flexibility that parents need to build their careers and support their families.
- In 2014, in 28 states plus the District of Columbia, the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care was higher than a year’s tuition and fees at a four-year public college.
- Four in ten private sector workers – over 40 million people – do not have access to paid sick time.
We believe all kids should have access to high quality schools regardless of their neighborhood or parents’ income. Guaranteeing access to high-quality early childhood education and affordable higher education will help level the playing field and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators.
- 4.4 million – or 54% children ages 3 and 4 are not in pre-school.
- Only about one-third of all children attending school in the United States can read proficiently by fourth grade.
- More than 40 million Americans currently have student loan debt. Over the past decade, student debt has quadrupled from $240 billion in 2003, to more than $1.3 trillion today.
Every child needs a safe environment in their home, school and neighborhood. We are committed to preventing child abuse, ending deaths due to abuse and neglect, and to reducing gun violence.
- Over 700,000 children were confirmed victims of child abuse in 2014.
- Four to eight children die each day in the US from abuse or neglect at the hands of parents or caretakers.
No child should be denied healthcare. In recent years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act have expanded access to comprehensive medical care for children. We must work to preserve and build upon this progress.
- 26 million children receive some form of government funded health care and 4.4 million are uninsured.
- As a result of Congress’s passing of comprehensive health reform, those under the age of 26 can remain on their parent’s health insurance, and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions.
Latest from Every Child Matters
Follow our latest news from our blog, state campaigns, Twitter feed and more. Visit our Happening Now page to see all of our updates!
5 Tweets that Get Real about the Childcare Crisis
American families are struggling. With the cost of child care rising twice as fast as incomes, family budgets are stretched to the breaking point. No one knows it better than the parents hustling to care and provide for their families. Check out these five tweets that tell it like it is. This mom is doing […]
We Asked, They Answered: 2016 Iowa Candidate Questionnaire
These questionnaires represent the views of the candidates running to represent each of Iowa’s four congressional districts in 2016. The questionnaire was created on behalf of the Children’s Policy Coalition, a group of nearly 40 Iowa organizations committed to raising children’s issues in national and state elections.
The High Cost of Being Poor in Maine
Anti-Poverty Programs Help Alleviate Costs, But More Must Be Done to Reduce Burdens It is welcome news that the poverty rate declined nationally from 15.5 percent in 2014 to 14.7 percent in 2015.[i] Sustained economic gains, strengthened by federal and state policies that increase income or reduce expenses, have finally begun to reach low-income people […]
Granite State Rumblings – ECE Workforce Facts
From our friends at Child Trends comes this list of 5 critical facts about the early childhood workforce. About 3 in 4 young children are in non-parental care. Research on early brain development highlights the importance of quality early care and education, yet low wages make it difficult to attract and retain qualified staff. Half of […]
Take a stand for families
“I can’t believe how much child care costs.” Chances are, you’ve heard this from a parent, or said it yourself. Early care and education are critical for a child’s developing brain. Reliable, flexible child care options are essential for working parents trying to make ends meet. But they are out of reach for too many […]
1 in 5
children in the United States lives in poor families.
4 in 10
private sector workers – over 40 million people – do not have access to paid sick time.
7 in 10
bachelor’s degree recipients who graduated in 2013 had student loan debt.