U.S. Advocacy Results
From our first days fighting for children’s rights to today, advocacy is central to Save the Children’s work. In 2014, we founded Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), our political advocacy arm, to work with our nation’s leaders at all levels to expand early childhood education in the U.S., protect the world’s children living in conflict and much more.
Thanks to supporters like you, SCAN advocates, volunteers and staff raised their voices to better the lives and futures of children in the U.S. and around the world, achieving countless victories last year.
Your Results: The Highlights
THE POLITICAL VOICE FOR KIDS
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) believes every child deserves a strong start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan political will among local, state and federal lawmakers to ensure that children have access to high-quality early education in the U.S., and that moms and kids around the world don’t die from preventable causes. Since its founding, SCAN has grown into a grassroots network of over 280,000 supporters from every state, with 350 volunteers in 24 states and student ambassadors in 13. Together, we have benefited 10 million children.
EARLY LEARNING ON THE BALLOT
SCAN expanded into three new states in 2018: New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont. We endorsed the gubernatorial candidates, one Republican and two Democrats, who campaigned on increasing funding for early childhood education. We launched TV and digital ads and sent mailers to educate voters about the candidates’ stances on early learning. After securing victories in all three states, SCAN is working in direct partnership with each governor, running multi-faceted, strategic campaigns to pressure state legislatures to increase investments for our littlest learners.
CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT DOUBLED
In 2018, SCAN continued to push hard to increase federal funding for early childhood education, sending more than 650,000 messages to lawmakers. The result: Congress nearly doubled the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and increased funding for Head Start and Early Head Start. In addition, Congress reauthorized 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 MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
We helped prevent millions of dollars in cuts in the 2018 budgets for global health and nutrition programs for kids around the world. SCAN also helped secure 50 Senate and over 200 House bipartisan cosponsors of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, legislation that will help save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women around the world and put us on a path to end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation.
U.S. Thought Leadership
Growing Up Rural in America
In a first-of-its-kind comparison of rural and urban child poverty rates across America, Save the Children found that rural child poverty rates are higher than urban rates in all but eight states. According to the latest data, 41 counties across the country have child poverty rates at or above 50% – meaning every other child is growing up in poverty. All but three are rural. This report serves as the U.S. complement to our global End of Childhood Report.
And the Award Goes to…
The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities initiative, a partnership between Save the Children, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and global health care company GSK, was named winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Citizenship Award for “Best Disaster Preparedness and Community Resilience Program.”
Camila Cabello Cares
Chart-topping singer-songwriter Camila Cabello joined Save the Children as an Ambassador, committed to raising awareness and advocating for children in the U.S. and around the world. While in Puerto Rico for her first concert on the island, Camila visited children impacted by Hurricane Maria in some of the hardest-hit communities.
Andrea Mitchell Reports
Mark Shriver, our Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to discuss the challenges facing kids living in poverty in rural America, and inviting viewers to join our movement. “As a country, we talk about our children being our most important resource,” said Shriver, “and yet our political leaders don’t invest in those kids.”
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