U.S. Advocacy

Advocacy is core to Save the Children’s work on behalf of all children across the United States.

Together with our political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), we’re working with our nation’s leaders at all levels to ensure every child in America has access to high-quality early learning opportunities, and so much more.

Save the Children and your support helped us care for 2-year-old Samantha* and so many more, in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes in the United States. *Name changed for child’s protection. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Thanks to Save the Children donors, we’re speaking up, along with our nation’s youth and many others, in support of what every last child deserves – to survive and thrive – ensuring a better, brighter future for us all in the United States. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Thanks to Save the Children donors, we’re speaking up, along with our nation’s youth and many others, in support of what every last child deserves – to survive and thrive – ensuring a better, brighter future for us all in the United States. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Thanks to Save the Children donors, we’re speaking up, along with our nation’s youth and many others, in support of what every last child deserves – to survive and thrive – ensuring a better, brighter future for us all in the United States. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Thanks to Save the Children donors, we’re speaking up, along with our nation’s youth and many others, in support of what every last child deserves – to survive and thrive – ensuring a better, brighter future for us all in the United States. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017.

Your Results: The Highlights








POLITICAL VOICE FOR KIDS

SCAN is working to ensure America’s children have access to high-quality early education and that moms and kids around the world don’t die from preventable causes. Since 2014, SCAN has grown into a grassroots network of over 250,000 supporters from every state, benefiting over 10 million children. SEE DETAILS

FUNDING KINDERGARTEN

SCAN worked on both sides of the aisle in New Hampshire to increase state funding for full-day kindergarten programs. We helped permanently increase the state’s investment by at least $9 million per year, which could grow if more funds become available, reaching hundreds more little learners. SEE DETAILS

SECURING EDUCATION

SCAN continued to push hard at the federal level last year to protect annual funding for key programs. Despite proposed cuts, SCAN worked with coalition partners and Congressional allies, and we mobilized our grassroots network, to successfully reject these proposals and fully fund early learning. SEE DETAILS

PROTECTING HEALTH

We prevented millions of dollars in cuts in the 2017 budgets for global health and nutrition programs for kids around the world. SCAN also helped secure bipartisan cosponsors of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act that would help end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. SEE DETAILS

ADVOCACY SUMMIT

In March, SCAN and Save the Children cohosted our annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., in which more than 200 advocates – including 70 high school and college students – from 30 states met with more than 130 lawmakers on Capitol Hill to oppose deep budget cuts to critical children’s programs. SEE DETAILS






















 

Kids don’t vote, and politicians don’t make them the priority they should.
That’s where Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network come in.

Mark Shriver,
Save the Children Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs & Advocacy

U.S. Thought Leadership

US End of Childhood Report

Stolen Childhoods
The United States ranks 36th in our first annual End of Childhood Report, well behind other developed nations. Why? In a complement to our global version, we examined domestic “childhood enders,” including infant mortality, food insecurity, dropping out of school, violence and early pregnancy. We call on U.S. leaders to support robust funding for vital programs that help America’s children survive and thrive, ensuring a childhood – and a future – for every last child.

Day of the Girl
Launched to coincide with International Day of the Girl, Save the Children released new data revealing that biased views against girls begin to appear as early as fourth grade. The findings indicate that a striking number of young boys – and even many girls – believe fathers rule the household, boys are smarter than girls, and girls need less school than boys. Research was conducted in the U.S. and the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire.

Your Results: The Details

POLITICAL VOICE FOR KIDS
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) believes every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan political will among local, state and federal lawmakers to ensure that America’s children have access to high-quality early education and that moms and kids around the world don’t die from preventable causes. Since its founding in 2014, SCAN has grown into a grassroots network of over 250,000 supporters from every state, benefiting over 10 million children.

FUNDING KINDERGARTEN
SCAN worked with state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in New Hampshire, as well as with Governor Chris Sununu, to increase state funding for full-day kindergarten programs across the state. Because of our collective efforts, we permanently increased the state’s investment by at least $9 million per year, which could grow if more funds become available, reaching hundreds more little learners.

SECURING EDUCATION
SCAN continued to push hard at the federal level last year to protect annual funding for early childhood education programs like Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. Despite proposed cuts to other high-priority programs, SCAN worked with coalition partners and Congressional allies, and we mobilized our grassroots network, to successfully reject these proposals and fully fund early learning.

PROTECTING HEALTH
We prevented millions of dollars in cuts in the 2017 budgets for global health and nutrition programs for kids around the world. SCAN also helped secure 18 Senate and more than 100 House bipartisan cosponsors of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. This legislation would help save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020 and end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation.

ADVOCACY SUMMIT
In March, SCAN and Save the Children cohosted our annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., in which more than 200 advocates – including 70 high school and college students – from 30 states met with more than 130 lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Attendees asked lawmakers to oppose deep budget cuts to foreign aid and domestic early childhood education programs. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in dynamic training workshops and panel presentations by powerful changeleaders and elected officials.

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