More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, most of the island is still without power and only about half of its residents have usable water. Access to basic services such as food and health care is limited.
Parents play the most active and significant role in their baby’s healthy development. Young children learn and grow in strong families where parents are able to successfully face the challenge of nurturing their children. During the first three years of life, experiences are shaping a child’s brain and providing the foundation for later development.
Families need high-quality, affordable early care and education programs that support child development, promote parents’ ability to support their children’s learning, and allow parents to work or go to school.
CLASP and ZERO TO THREE have announced "Building Strong Foundations," a project promoting federal and state policy actions that comprehensively address the wellbeing on infants and toddlers and their families.
Now that a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid has failed, it's time for Congress to focus on bipartisan solutions, including reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program.
On September 27, 2017, President Trump and Congressional Republican leaders released an outline for their tax proposals, which would provide large tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations while providing little benefit to low- and middle-income Americans.