Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year. They represent the future of our country—our future workforce, parents, leaders, and innovators. How we invest in their health and well-being will determine our nation’s long-term productivity and success. What do the 2016 Presidential Candidates believe is the best way to ensure these critical assets thrive?
- Nearly half of babies and toddlers in the U.S. live with families whose
incomes are below or near the poverty line. What do you see as the best way to alleviate the effects of poverty on very young children?
- Recent polling indicates voters support the concept of a paid family leave
policy. How would you ensure that ALL workers can afford time off to care for new babies and sick family members?
- Recent polling also shows that improving the quality of early care and
education for working families is a bigger concern for voters than jobs
and the economy. How would you make sure parents are able to find high-quality, affordable child care—even before PreK?
- Research shows that babies and toddlers experience negative effects
from traumatic situations—from physical and mental abuse to societal
and family stress, such as poverty or unstable neighborhoods. What would you do to promote resiliency in this country’s youngest citizens?
- The armed forces serve and protect the country during crisis, and the
military assists the families of uniformed personnel. From child care to
health care services, what do you see as key for helping families who served transition more easily to civilian life?