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The government should not be cutting such important programs. In difficult economic times such as these, families rely on federally-funded programs more than ever.

Take funding from the defense budget before cutting government programming that supports healthy families.

Tina Manis

I am a working professional mother of a single son with Inattentive ADHD.

The class sizes have increased therefore he often does not get any help that he desparately needs. Additionally, almost all art and music programs are distinct wihtin the public ...

—KristinaNew York

PBS-the only children's programming in our house.

Our PBS stations are the only childrens programming that my 3 year old son watches. My husband & I decided to cut our TV cable during this recession. The quality of the kid's programs on PBS are great! I would be very sad if American children went ...
—JenniferWashington

Cut Short

Our children are being put last in importance for services. Healthcare and education should be a right of every American child. This is critical for our future.

So many families are holding on by a shoe string. With cuts to TANF, childcare and supportive ...

—rose

As a public health professional I see the positive impact the Maternal-Children Health and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) programs have on our community and county. These programs provide social and emotional support as well as food supplementation. ...
—DarlaKansas

As a family child care provider it is important and necessary to continue providng child care assistance to families that are unable to afford the services. It also helps me to continue to do what I love and that is offering care to make a difference ...
—BettyCalifornia

We need this support!

Many moms, families, and children rely on the support of maternal and child health care programs and nutritional programs. These are essential for the health of our people and our future generations. I am expecting a child and in need of these services. ...

I am a grandmother raising 2 grandkids I work fulltime and if it were not for the daycare program I am in I would not be able to make it.
—RosaCalifornia

"Doing The Right Thing"

I work for state government and I have for the last 20 years. I have always been proud of the work I do to help New Mexico Mothers and Children with obtaining the basic health care needs. The proposed cuts would drastically impact the health of our ...
—LorraineNew Mexico

Leigh Salvage

This is the most ridiculous idea I have heard of yet. I work and make $80 in an 8 hour workday, yet my child care costs are $110? I JUST started receiving vouchers for child care which means I CAN work, and yet this might be getting CUT again? The ...
—LeighMassachusetts

Childcare Assistance Saved My Education

Without childcare assistance there is no way I could have finished my Bachelors degree. I had my daughter in my junior year of college. Her father abandoned us less than two weeks after she was born and we haven't seen him in over 2 years. I was in ...
—LeslieMinnesota

My family would be severely punished by budget cuts to many family focused programs. We participate in WIC to help supplement our limited income and food dollars. Also, grants for after school prgrams and Head Start are going to effect us in the not to ...
—DanielleNebraska

Devastating impact on low-income families

The only healthcare I have is at the Community Health Center. I still cannot get

all the tests I need. My granddaughter will be impacted by WIC. My daughter

might have to drop out of nursing school classes if she cannot get childcare.

I know many, ...

—ConstanceCalifornia

WIC in the nick of time!

I never thought I would be in a position to use WIC or to have a child in the Medicaid Program. We had a business involved with the construction industry and when we realized that would no longer support our family, we needed to act fast. Thank goodness ...
—kristin North Carolina

Grandma's plea

I am a divorced and retired grandma. Most of my adult years, I have been a single parent.

I raised 4 children using WIC and Headstart and I was on welfare for several years when I was raising my children.

Fortunately, I was able to get into the ...

—CherylWashington

I am a single mother of a six-month-old. I am currently in online classes, working towards a career which will eventually provide my daughter and I with financial independence. I am earning zero income at this time. I really need these programs to ...
— SarahCalifornia

The Future of America

As a mother of a 3 year old, I currently benefit from federal grants that cut the tuition of my child's head start program. I can know afford my child's education while I am obtaining my own education. It is the financial aid that comes from federal program ...
—Nigaar

Children in Need

Please stop the budget cuts for children and families. I live in NM one of the hardest states for children and familes. Children need good food, shelter, health benefits, and education.
—deniseNew Mexico

Maureen Farrell

I just retired after 36 years working for Florida's Dept. of Children and Families in the area of Child abuse and prevention. Over all these years I haven't seen things get any better, only worse due to the woeful lack of funding to help children and ...
—MaureenFlorida
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