Too many children continue to lack access to quality health care, strong educational opportunities and other fundamental building blocks for a healthy, productive life. Denying children these supports undermines their development and results in detrimental, long-term financial and opportunity costs to our society as a whole. In other words, the negative consequences are very real for all of us. The quality of our shared economic and democratic future relies on providing all children the opportunity to reach their full potential—and working together to realize the “win-win,” we can do it.
Interest groups strongly influence what happens, or doesn’t happen, in state and federal policymaking. That probably doesn’t surprise you. But what remains alarming to us is that children are our nation’s largest population segment without competitive representation in this system. This is because they do not have enough lobbying dollars and campaign contributions, or a large enough organized constituency of voters, behind them to get the attention they need. You can help change that by joining The Children’s Movement.
Children Now develops and implements state- and federal-level health and education policies that reflect children’s best interests. Such policies improve the lives of children, millions of children at a time. It is this scale of change that is required to rebuild strong, inclusive systems of support for childhood development. You can find out more by exploring our health, education and media’s impact program areas.