Thunderclap: We NEED affordable child care!
On Tuesday, April 25th, advocates from across the country will be rallying at the Capitol to make high-quality, affordable child care a national priority. Raise your voice with us by signing up for our Thunderclap. What is a thunderclap? It’s a tool that lets us send lots of tweets/Facebook posts at the exact moment that […]Read More
Have you heard about the new Community Solutions Fund?
The Community Solutions Fund for Healthy Child Development was supported by the Minnesota Voice Coalition and Every Child Matters in Minnesota to address racial disparities in our state. The fund will be overseen by a Community Solutions Advisory Council made up of community leaders and childhood experts. They will provide outreach, technical assistance, and development […]Read More
Get to know MFIP
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is the Minnesota’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. MFIP decreases financial barriers for over 35,000 working families in Minnesota by providing a number of benefits including food and income support. Some highlights of the program include: Working with a job counselor to create an employment plan Support […]Read More
Child Care Every child has the right to high-quality care. In Minnesota, 74 percent of children under six have all parents in the workforce, making affordable, high-quality child care a necessity. Every Child Matters in Minnesota pressures state lawmakers to increase state funding for child care and ensure that all children have the care they […]Read More
Take Action: Child Care National Call-in Day
Join Every Child Matters and our partner organizations today, Thursday, March 30 for a national call-in day for child care. We’re all working hard to demonstrate the need for overall discretionary funding levels—including funding for health, human services, and education programs—that allow sufficient investments in critical programs for children and families. Today, we are having a […]Read More
#Message2Mulvaney Partner Toolkit
Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), wants to eliminate before- and afterschool programs that serve over 1.6 million kids because he believes the programs don’t work. This is simply not true. Before and after school programs are proven to improve students’ academic performance. Defunding these programs would harm the children […]Read More
The Future of Medicaid and CHIP
A new proposal by the House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act apparently is in the works but has neither been widely shared among members nor made public. What we do know is that 304,000 Iowa children have coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and any proposal to turn Medicaid and […]Read More
Bill Proposes Grandparents Get a Say in Guardianship Cases
By Hannah McCarthy for New Hampshire Public Radio A new bill proposing that grandparents play a bigger role in guardianship cases involving their grandchildren had its first hearing at the State House Tuesday. Lawmakers were surprised by how few people showed up to testify on a bill that would allow grandparents a say in guardianship […]Read More
Why I support the FAMILY Act
As an expectant mother and a child advocate, I am all too aware of the urgent need for paid family and medical leave. That is why I am so excited to share that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro reintroduced the FAMILY Act yesterday in Congress. The FAMILY Act is what America’s working families […]Read More
Share your health care story!
Americans are learning that they hold the key to protecting their health care. It’s called democracy. After Congress took the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement—which would leave more than 4 million children without insurance—public resistance has forced them to pause. That means there’s time for more personal stories to […]Read More