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Families & The Federal Budget

Child Watch® Column: Stories of Mother Love

May 6, 2016
As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let’s pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children or at least for one child who may not be our own.
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Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-income Child Care Program at 16 Year Low

May 2, 2016
The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 16-year low, according the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP ). The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half...
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Appropriations Bills Move through Committees; Senate Bills Contain Money for Opioid Abuse, Lead Paint Hazards while House Bills Don’t

April 29, 2016
The lack of a Congressional budget resolution hasn’t stopped the Senate from moving forward with work on FY17 spending bills. So far, the Senate Appropriations Committee has cleared four of the 12 spending bills needed to fund the government.
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Chocolate is Nice. Equality is Better!

April 29, 2016
Mother’s Day was founded with a simple and beautiful wish – to honor the person who has done more for us than anyone in the world. At MomsRising, we do more than honor moms. We empower them – every day, all year long. We unite moms to win protections from gun violence, win access to lifesaving...
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Tell Congress: It’s time to make childcare more affordable!

April 26, 2016
Congress is considering early learning funding RIGHT NOW! Write your members of Congress TODAY and tell them to support a significant increase in funding for high-quality, affordable childcare and early learning opportunities!
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When It Comes To Our Nation’s Children, Actions Speak Louder than Words

April 25, 2016
I grew up in a family that was long on challenges and short on money. To be frank, my parents were both alcoholics and had untreated mental health issues, and we didn’t have much money after my dad lost his job in the 1980’s and we moved to a small town in rural MN. Because of where I have been,...
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Happy Earth Day, Earth: Sorry we were too cheap to get you anything

April 23, 2016
EarthDay.png I’m old enough to remember when Earth Day was mostly about planting trees and recycling. Since then, it’s taken on a whole new urgency as we’ve ( most of us , anyway) realized that this climate change thing is real, it’s our fault, and it’s serious. So it’s strange to realize that on...
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We need emergency funding for the Zika Virus ASAP!!

April 20, 2016
Summer, and mosquito season, is quickly approaching yet the U.S. Congress is dragging its feet on passing emergency funding so we are prepared for a potential Zika Virus outbreak. We need YOU to take action now. Write your members of Congress tell them to pass emergency funding for Zika as soon as possible!
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We need your signature to support tax breaks for working families this Tax Day!

April 18, 2016
This Tax Day, we need YOU to reach out to Congress and tell them tax breaks for working families, not just wealthy corporations!
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Child Watch® Column: End Child Summer Hunger Now!

April 15, 2016
Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation and poor children like Linda who rely on free and reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school year to keep the wolves of hunger at bay face a long summer of food deprivation. “It was hard without school during the summer, but being able to qualify for something like food stamps or having a food pantry near us, that helped a lot,” Linda says, but at the end of the month, “it was kind of like a hit-or-miss kind of situation.”
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