Between a rock and a hard place: Why the US child care system is broken, and how we can start to fix it

“I can’t get a job if I can’t afford day care,” Alex explains to a caseworker while bouncing her two-year-old daughter on her lap. “I need a job to prove that I need day care in order to get a job?” she follows up, as the caseworker explains that an application for a child care […]


Promoting Hope Through Monthly Payments For Children

HOPE Week of Action Blog – March 7-11, 2022 Authors: Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba member of the HOPE National Advisory Board, and Allison Bovell-Ammon Last July, a TikTok trend embodied a moment of pure joy when policy change had a real-world impact on families’ lives. The social media outlet was full of parents dancing and taking a huge […]


Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Education

On November 23, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Lewis, Chairwoman Peisch, and distinguished members of the MA Joint Committee on Education in strong support of H.605/S.362: An Act Providing Affordable and Accessible High Quality Early Education and Care to Promote Child Development and Well-Being and Support the Economy in the Commonwealth. On behalf […]


Building an Equitable Future for Children and Families: Key Policy Opportunities to Support Children’s Health and Well-Being

Originally posted on the Community Catalyst Blog. It’s been six months since passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and provisions designed to decrease child poverty and increase health coverage and access are making an impact. Families have been able to afford food and basic expenses to keep their children healthy because of the […]


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on the American Families Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the significant investments in the health and well-being of young children and families proposed in the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Families Plan (AFP), released yesterday. Central to equitable recovery and truly building back better, the AFP includes historic investments in child care and universal pre-kindergarten, permanently expands recent improvements to the Earned Income […]


Let’s make school meals free for all kids

Originally published on Commonwealth Magazine. Just over 5 percent of students paying full price eat both school breakfast and lunch, daily. That means, unfortunately, school meals carry with them the label of being “poor;” a label that brings fear of stigma for far too many children and can be enough to lead some to skip […]


Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Please Watch The Recording For Access Not Granted: Barriers To Health Care and Equity for Children and Families During COVID-19

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Please Watch A Recording For The State of Hunger in Massachusetts: Before & Since the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Please Join Us For Hunger to Health In COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Watch the Recording For Early Education & Care: Key to Healthy Children and a Productive Workforce