Our Children Deserve Better
They’re falling behind other countries’ kids. Do the presidential candidates care?
American kids are more likely to lag in school, to drop out, to get pregnant and to die than kids in other advanced countries. We have the tools to cut child poverty in half over 10 years, and we need the presidential candidates tomorrow to show the will
"A question about child poverty hasn’t been asked at a presidential debate in 20 years...We don’t lack the tools to help, or the resources. The challenge is just that in our political system, children don’t count."
New York Times Opinion
We’ve had 147 presidential debates in a row without a single question on child poverty, writes
. "I hope Thursday’s debate won’t be the 148th."
"Candidates have been asked about the World Series, about cursing in movies, even about flag lapel pins more recently than they have been questioned about child poverty." Thank you
for highlighting our petition aiming to change that
Stephen Patrick, MD
“We don’t lack the tools to help, or the resources. The challenge is just that in our political system, children don’t count — and never get mentioned in presidential debates.” Fantastic piece by
New York Times Opinion
We would save the lives of 20,000 American children each year if we could just achieve the same child mortality rates as the rest of the rich world, writes
research: “Investments in early childhood programs for at-risk kids have an astronomical return, because of improved productivity and reduced spending on police forces, courts, jails, special ed, and health care.”
Compelling piece by
rightly calls for ambitious national investment in our children, including quality early childhood education, preventing lead poisoning, & combatting child poverty.
"James Heckman calculates that investments in early childhood programs for at-risk kids have an astronomical return, because of improved productivity & reduced spending on police forces, courts, jails, special education & healthcare."
"...But a question about child poverty hasn’t been asked at a presidential debate in 20 years, not since a Republican primary debate in 1999, according to the Children’s Defense Fund." Our Children Deserve Better
We are talking about veganism in the #demdebate, but so far this is the 148th presidential debate in a row that hasn't addressed child poverty.
American infants 76 percent more likely to die in their first year than children in other developed countries - they deserve better, by