As Children’s Alliance gears up for legislative session, one thing is clear: we are all going to have to step up our advocacy for kids this year. This week, people in Washington will have the opportunity to testify in front of the House Ways and Means Committee to make just that case.
When we do, we should keep in mind First Focus’ report released last week announcing that the Great Recession has doubled the number of kids with unemployed parents. As a result, more than one in 10 children in the United States are living with an unemployed parent. In Washington, that means the parents of more than 156,000 children don’t have jobs.
So it doesn’t make sense to us that one area being targeted in these tough times is Working Connections Child Care, a program that keeps parents working during a period of persistently high unemployment.