The Need

Briefing: Caring for Children Effected by the Opioid Epidemic -

Yesterday, the Council for a Strong America (CSA) brought together a panel of experts to discuss the effects of the opioid crisis on young children. The panelists offered a range of perspectives and discussed their efforts to ensure children are getting the help they need to develop into healthy and productive adults. The panel, moderated by the Honorable Mary Bono (R-CA), included Lincoln New Hampshire Police Chief Ted Smith, the … Read More

American Families Struggle to Find and Afford Child Care -

According to a 2017 report from the Center for American Progress, approximately half of families in the United States live in child care deserts. In these areas the demand for child care and early learning greatly exceeds the supply of available openings – with three or more children for every licensed child care slot, families are forced on to impossibly long waiting lists. In some areas, this issue is … Read More

Early Learning Takes Center Stage in California Governor’s Race -

As the governor’s race heats up in California, early learning is taking center stage. From candidate forums to debates, candidates on both sides of the aisle want to ensure the state’s youngest learners are prepared for the future. “This is the first time that babies, toddlers, preschoolers are being talked about by the leading candidates for governor and it’s really, really exciting,” said Avo Makdessian, director of the Center … Read More

Babies Descend on Capitol Hill for Annual Strolling Thunder Advocacy Day -

On Tuesday, our friends at ZERO TO THREE hosted its second annual Strolling Thunder advocacy day, where babies and theirs to families descended on Washington to meet with members of Congress. Their message was simple: Think Babies! Over 150 lawmakers and their staff heard from families from all 50 states about the need to make infant and toddler care a national priority. “As families from around the nation … Read More

TANF Supports Early Learning & Care Opportunities for Low-Income Families -

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of higher education. In addition to other important federal programs that support the care and education of America’s young children from birth through age five – particularly those from low-income families – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program … Read More