2022 Wish List from The Children’s Agenda
There is a palpable excitement in kids at this time of year. A break from school, family holiday celebrations, spending all day in pajamas, hopes to play in the snow. . . It can be one of the best times to be a parent.
Or it can be one of the worst. The fears of disappointing our children, not having enough time or money to spend, worrying about bills or child care or concerns about health. Every parent wants what’s best for their children, and no parent wants their child to go without.
Those two poles – the heights of our hopes and the depths of our fears – are the backdrop to The Children’s Agenda’s New Year’s Wish List for every family in our community and across New York. We are wishing for and equitable and inclusive renewal in 2022, including:
Moms like Brandy know how difficult it is to afford quality child care. (Click image for video)
Dads like Dan know that making quality child care affordable for all families is good for kids' intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. (Click image for video)
No Child Hungry: Before the American Rescue Plan was enacted, the 27 million children who could benefit the most from the Child Tax Credit were excluded because their parents made too little money; nearly half of all Black and Latinx kids were shut out of the benefit. Now those families are receiving up to $300 each month for each child. As a result, families have had more money available for food, housing, and utilities. The expanded Child Tax Credit kept more than 3 million children nationwide out of poverty this year – with the biggest difference in the lives of Black, Latinx and Native American families. In 2022, we wish that the US Senate will prioritize children and extend the federal Child Tax Credit. In New York, we wish for the state to follow through on its commitment to cut child poverty in half in 10 years upon the Governor signing the Child Poverty Reduction Act.
No Child Waiting for Developmental Assistance: When a young child has trouble swallowing, learning to walk, regulating her/his emotions, or learning to speak, parents turn to Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education services. Those services help children and their families thrive. But in New York, young children are often forced to wait for needed therapies due to shortages in providers. Access to therapies was made worse during the pandemic. We hope that Governor Hochul signs into law the Preschool Special Education Funding Parity and Covered Lives for Early Intervention bills in 2022, ensuring that children don’t have to wait for life changing support.
The greatest joy of being a parent is being able to bring joy to your children. Families are the single greatest asset any child has starting out in life. But every family needs support from time to time. Whether it’s for mental health, child care, fighting poverty, or assistance with disabilities, there’s no such thing as “someone else’s child.” Our local, state and federal leaders have a duty to provide those supports so that all children thrive – in 2022 and beyond.
Until they do, The Children’s Agenda will be here making smart choices and speaking with bold voices on behalf of children. Thank you for your support and advocacy. Together we are making a difference.
Wishing you and your family a healthy and joyful New Year,
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