What an Equitable Childhood and Society Looks Like:  Basic Childhood and Caregiver Rights and Supports

 

Children’s HealthWatch Mission Statement

The mission of Children’s HealthWatch is to improve the health and development of young children, the health of families and maternal health by informing equitable policies that alleviate economic hardships, by first actively seeking to dismantle systems of institutionalized discrimination and inequity as root causes of these hardships. We must then rebuild and replace them with systems that recognize and support the inherent humanity of all individuals and their right to be free from racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination that impede physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

 

Children’s HealthWatch Affirmation Statement

We at Children’s HealthWatch affirm that ALL children in the United States thrive when we respond to their realities, and that regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, ability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation  (or that of their caregiver(s))–they have the right to:

  • be free of institutionalized racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination
  • accessible nutritious food that builds their minds and bodies
  • safe, healthy, affordable, and well-maintained housing with clean water, adequate space and air quality, and heating and cooling
  • clean, well-fitting, and weather appropriate clothing, outerwear, and shoes
  • safe neighborhoods with green space to encourage physical activity and that support social development
  • safe and healthy environments that are free of fear of any kind of violence or abuse and that encourage and support physical, mental, and emotional development
  • health insurance and medical care including dental, eye and behavioral/socioemotional care
  • a high-quality education that prepares them to be productive members of society in adulthood
  • health-protective social infrastructure programs that provide income or material support, such as SNAP, WIC, TANF and EITC/CTC to ensure caregivers have the tools and resources to adequately feed, clothe and house them
  • THEIR best interests being represented by policymakers on the local, state and federal levels
  • be.children. They have the right to experience the joys of childhood without undue worry, concern, or fear

 

This is a living document that we will refine over time as a learning organization committed to Anti-Racism.