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Maternal depression and anxiety exacerbate hardships — How to help the mothers in your life

Recall the last time you told a child “no” and how it made you feel. If you are a parent, you say “no” a lot: No, we cannot stay at the park for four hours. No, you cannot color the walls. These are the types of “no’s” we expect as parents and caregivers. Now imagine […]

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Allison Bovell-Ammon Interviewed By WNHN Radio

On August 10th Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, and Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director of the Kairos Center and the Poor People’s Campaign, were interviewed by Attitude with Arnie Arnesen in the WNHN Radio.  They discuss the inequality of wealth in the US. Despite proven effective strategies of helping poorer US […]

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A checklist on the Biden presidency: His legislative wins and losses

Originally posted on CBC News. Biden campaigned on more generous family policy — paid parental leave, which, unlike other industrialized countries, the U.S. lacks; universal pre-kindergarten; and a child-tax credit similar to Canada’s. Manchin had it chopped from the budget bill. He initially supported more spending but balked at the cost as negotiations wore on. It was a […]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Watch the Recording for Lessons from the Pandemic: Impact of the Child Tax Credit

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Children’s Healthwatch Is Deeply Disappointed Key Provisions to Support Families Are Notably Absent From the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

While the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 takes important steps toward the urgent issues of lowering health care costs and addressing climate change, Congress is missing a critically important opportunity to invest in children and families in this package. We are deeply disappointed that key provisions to support families included in the Build Back Better […]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Watch the Recording for ‘I Didn’t Have to Worry’ Report Press Conference

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ʻI didn’t have to worryʼ – How the Child Tax Credit Helped Families Catch Up on Rent and Improved Health

In July 2021, nearly 60 million children in 35 million families across the United States started receiving crucial financial relief through monthly payments from the advance Child Tax Credit (CTC). This report highlights the economic, health, and mental health experiences of families with young children during the pandemic and the impact of the advance Child […]

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Healthy Families EITC Coalition Submits a Letter on Tax Relief Implementation in Economic Development Bill Negotiations

On July 27, 2022, the Healthy Families EITC coalition, a statewide nonpartisan network of advocates working to improve the health and well-being of Massachusetts families through an expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), submitted a letter to the Conferees Representative Michlewitz, Cusack, and Soter and Senators Rodrigues, Lesser, and O’Connor. As they […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Commends the US House Education & Labor Committee for Introducing the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act

Children’s HealthWatch commends the US House Education & Labor Committee for introducing the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, which reauthorizes child nutrition programs with robust, evidence-based solutions. This proposal strengthens key nutrition programs and increases access to their proven health and economic benefits. Central to improving adequacy and delivery of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program […]

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Dr. Maureen Black Testifies to the House Committee on the Budget

Dr. Maureen Black, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, provided a testimony to Chairman Yarmuth, Ranking Member Smith, and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget on the subject of “Examining the Powerful Impact of Investments in Early Childhood for Children, Families, and our Nation’s Economy.”