2017 Brings New Challenges for America’s Children and Families

Working for solutions in Washington, D.C. that will help all kids, and standing up against changes that pose them real harm. By Danny Weiss
2017 Brings New Challenges for America’s Children and Families

If the new Congress and administration in Washington follow through on many of their policy promises, America's children have a lot to lose.

The threat to kids is very real: Whether its early childhood services, health care, child nutrition, equitable access to technology in the classroom and at home, or many other issues, children are certain to lose if the proposed policies are enacted.

Common Sense Kids Action is committed to doing everything possible to oppose policy changes that will hurt children, and we will work equally hard to support bipartisan policies that help make kids America's top priority. Earlier this month, we wrote to the Senate committee responsible for confirming the Trump Administration's nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, raising important concerns about educational opportunities for all kids.

While the list of threats to kids is long, here are two of the issues we're working on that are particularly dangerous:

Children's Health Care

The president-elect and majority in Congress have already started the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, with nothing to replace it. While not perfect, this historic health law is responsible for helping 20 million Americans get health insurance who didn’t have it before, including millions of children. Experts say that repealing the ACA will result in "4.4 million children and 7.6 million parents losing coverage in 2019 without a replacement plan."

Child Nutrition

The new administration and the new Congress plan to get rid of as many federal regulations as they can, and in the process they could undo years of progress in children's health and nutrition. Three things in particular could be on the chopping block:

  • the improved federal school meals program;
  • the calorie labels required on most restaurant menus;
  • and upcoming improved nutrition label requirements.

You can count on Kids Action to defend kids, and you can count on us to keep you informed of what the upcoming policy changes mean. We hope that we can count on you, too -- join us in stopping harmful policies and supporting commonsense policies that will finally make kids America's top priority. Let's work together for all kids right now.

About Danny Weiss

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Danny was previously Common Sense Kids Action's Vice President of Federal Policy. Read more

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Adult written by Monera

When schools start focusing on school, aka. learning and academics, then I'll be happy. Schools shouldn't be welfare centers and raise your kids for you.
Adult written by EAL_182

Unfortunately, social, emotional and academic are all tied together. Please also think about Maslow's hierarchy of needs when it comes to "learning and academics". Please step foot in a school, particularly one where there are kids not getting all they need. Even if it is something as "minor" as a proper diet (say junk food for "breakfast").
Teen, 15 years old written by ayy

First off, if you want to say "Donald Trump", just say it. Don't be that guy that's like "Certain people are doing this". Second, you are implying that the "affordable" care act has helped people. It was not affordable to the working class. They were being basically robbed to help the lower class. I could understand if the rich were being tyrannical in some way but they weren't. THEY made their money, THEY get to keep it, they shouldn't have to be forced to give it to people they do want to. Your click bait picture of a little girl looking through a window means nothing to me, especially when the argument you're making is crap. "Yeah this paragraph is pretty dumb. But here is a sad looking girl, that'll make people worry! Better add it!" As for school nutrition, it hasn't helped either. When is the last time you went to a school and seen people actually benefit from their nutrition program? Years of progress? They haven't made any! Anytime I go to a school when lunchtime rolls around their carrots are in the garbage. 2017 will be a fine year for children. Having to actually PAY for healthcare and not having to get carrots with your school lunch don't mean anything.
Adult written by James T

Danny, What current factors does CSKA believe are responsible for the decline in the health of American children today? I.e. where is the improvement you are working for? James
Adult written by Stuartkccm

I understand the concern for the IDEA, I have battled with my school for two years to get my children with special needs taken care of. They refused to help them. I am currently living in a camper so that my kids can go to another school district. So I am out $10,000 this year or $15000 if I pay for them to go. Small districts do not offer the same services as larger schools. How is that fair either. As far as the food. I worked in a school and watched that 3/4 of the kids food is thrown away because it does not taste good. I would rather them eat a few more calories than not eat at all. Their is no good answer, but the current situation is far from working. I am ready to try something different. There are wonderful teachers out there. That will not change.
Adult written by dsk52

While I agree these are very important issues I think when you have a new Secretary of Education who doesn't seem to know what the IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is and wants to to throw it back to the states it is very dangerous as well. So many fronts to fight on!
Adult written by nedclive

You have my support, incredulity and commiseration for this sorry situation. Britain has made one or two silly decisions recently too. Stand firm in what we know is right for our families.

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