Voting with Kids in Mind

Voting with Kids in Mind Means:

Affordable High Quality Child Care for ALL

Nutritious Food Every Day

Safe Place to Live

Health Care and Healthy Beginnings

Secure Relationships

CHILD CARE

Inadequate child care results in poor nurturing and the loss of potential, widening the learning gap as children move through elementary school, middle and high school and into adult life. What will you do to make sure that affordable, quality child care is available for ALL CHILDREN?

  • 40% of United States five-year-olds are not ready to learn when they enter
  • Poor quality child-care results in a “school readiness gap’
  • 25% of all U.S. jobs pay poverty level wages for a family of four ($24,250 in 2015)
  • 40% of American mothers return to work before their infants are three months.

The quality of childcare available to most families is low and cost makes it inaccessible.

  • The average cost of daycare is $10,000 per year—higher for infants
  • U.S. daycare quality is poor: The U.S. ranks 22nd among 45 nations in quality of childcare.
  • U.S. childcare workers’ annual median wage is $19,600, less than the poverty level for a family of three
  • Only 10% of US child-care centers are accredited. Ironically, accreditation increases the cost of child-care but the mandates have been made without support, resulting in closing of child-care centers and less accessible child-care.
  • Provision of quality early childhood care has been demonstrated to produce a return on investment of $7 to $10 for every dollar

CHILD WELL-BEING

The United States ranks 26th out of 29 nations for the well-being of children across multiple dimensions. What actions will you take to ensure access to services to address the physical and mental health care needs of infants, children, adolescents and their parents?

  • Infant mortality rate in the United States ranks at the bottom of 20 developed countries – 75% higher than Japan and Scandinavian countries. The mortality rate for children ages 1 to 19 is 50% higher than the average for the 20 developed
  • The United States has dropped 23 places in high school graduation rankings since
  • 75% of American young people 17 to 24 were not qualified for military service in 2012 because they were overweight, too poorly educated or had a criminal

SAFE STABLE HOUSING

Children do not belong in homeless shelters and substandard, unsafe housing. What can be done to expand the availability of housing policies and supports, such as vouchers?

  • According to the National Center on Family Homelessness about one in 30 American children was homeless at some point last year. That’s about 5 million kids, and an 8 percent increase to “an historic high,” according to the study from the National Center on Family Homelessness. Just over half are younger than six years old.

SECURE RELATIONSHIPS

Children need parents. Separation from their parents causes poor social, emotional and physical health long into the future. What can be done to ensure that all children have safe, secure relationships?

  • 2,300 children are being separated from their parents as a result of immigration
  • 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States each year and nearly half of those are younger than 6 years of age.

CHILD POVERTY

One out of four children under five lives in poverty and many more families are struggling to make ends meet. Many parents of young children are working two jobs, are working jobs without benefits, are being paid minimum wage. The United States is the only developed country that does not have a federal policy of paid maternity or paternity leave. What actions will you take to reduce multi-generational poverty since children born into poverty are likely to stay there throughout their lives?