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Mid-year budget cuts prevent planned increase to MA cash assistance

Balancing budgets should not come on the backs of our poorest families.   Earlier this month, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced mid-year budget cuts that will prevent a planned increase to the […]

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An Apple a Day Won’t Even Be Affordable for Children if Critical Program Isn’t Funded

As Congress approaches yet another deadline to fund the government and its programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)—a program that provides healthy foods and […]

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WIC Needs Immediate Funding to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Children

This is an update to our blog from November 2, 2023. To read the original, click here. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a […]

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2023 Year in Review

2023 was a special year for Children’s HealthWatch: we not only celebrated 25 years of advancing racially equitable and inclusive policies that support young children and families but our research […]

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The Rent Relief Act of 2023

There is no greater predictor of health than where you live.  Research from Children’s HealthWatch conducted on the frontlines of health care consistently shows that children and their families need […]

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Remarks from Gloria Cabrera on the impact of expanded family tax credits during the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition celebratory event November 8, 2023

On November 8, 2023, the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch, hosted an event at the Massachusetts State House celebrating the expansion of family tax credits. Bill […]

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WIC Needs Immediate Funding to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a vital program that supports the health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children. […]

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Investments Needed to Strengthen and Protect Safety Net Programs for Child and Family Health as Data Reveal a Rise in Food Insecurity Rates

In late October, the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service released their annual report revealing an alarming increase in food insecurity across all household types from 2021 to […]

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Expanding tax credit will make Massachusetts a leader in family policy again

Originally posted on Commonwealth Magazine.  MASSACHUSETTS CONSISTENTLY ranks as the top state to raise a family. The reason is simple: our family policies – from paid leave and childcare to […]

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Massachusetts FY2024 budget makes key investments in children and families

On Aug 9, Governor Healey signed Massachusetts’ state budget for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The $56 million budget includes historic investments in several areas including early childhood education, child nutrition, […]