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 […]Read More
Maine Musings – Advocacy Events in Maine
Mainely Kids From our friends at Maine Equal Justice Partners: MEJP Legislative Listening Sessions Do You Help People with Low Income? Case Managers | Social Workers | Legal Aid Providers | Advocates | Home Visitors Are Your Clients Stuck in Broken Systems? Housing | Food | Health Care | Income What Do Your Clients […]Read More
Granite State Rumblings – What’s new with Head Start?
Head Start programs are undergoing major requirement revisions for the first time since 1975. Announced on September 1st, the Obama administration’s proposals include expanding Head Start to a full day for everyone, raising professional development and curriculum standards, and beefing up services for children with disabilities or who still need to learn English. “Today we’re […]Read More
Growing up Granite – Primary Day!
Today is the New Hampshire Primary. Click here to find your polling place. Click here to see a sample ballot. Need more information? Check out the League of Women Voters of NH’s website by clicking here. Not registered to vote? Not a problem! You can register at your polling place. But most importantly, lace up […]Read More
The Opportunity Nation Policy Plan
At Every Child Matters, our mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap that keeps up to a third of America’s kids from equal access to the American Dream. We conduct nonpartisan issue campaigns in states and localities around the country, including during election campaigns, to raise the profile of issues affecting children. That’s why we’re […]Read More
Maine Musings – Yes on Question 4
Mainely Kids Last Friday I spoke at a press conference at the YWCA in Lewiston on increasing the minimum wage – Question 4. Here are my comments: Every day in Maine, workers, who despite working full-time jobs, are struggling to get by on wages at or just above the minimum wage. They face painful choices. […]Read More
Granite State Rumblings – Putting Families First
From our friends at Talk Poverty is this article by Megan Martin and Shadi Hoshyar. 3 Safety Net Improvements That Could Help Keep Families Together There is a common narrative about the families who are involved with child welfare systems—one that portrays parents as abusive and unfit (or unwilling) to care for their children. But […]Read More
Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs in Communities of Concentrated Poverty
Well-run afterschool and summer programs provide a safe, supervised environment in which children from varied backgrounds can play sports, get homework help, explore new topics, do crafts, and receive nutritious snacks and meals. Research has found these programs have a positive impact on students’ educational achievement and social skills. So, it’s not surprising that these […]Read More
What are Iowa candidates saying about kids?
It’s that time of year again, children are back in school and Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to summer. It also marks the final stretch of the 2015-16 election season. The countdown is on with only 28 days before early voting starts in Iowa and 68 days before Election Day. Every Child Matters […]Read More
The New Hampshire Primary is a week away!
The New Hampshire Primary is Tuesday, September 13th. Candidates for Governor, Executive Council, NH State Senate and House and U.S. Senate and House will be on the ballot. Here’s where you can find answers to your questions about voting in party primaries from the NH Secretary of State’s office. Have you caught up with the […]Read More