Families Speak Out at Strolling Thunder
It's time for babies to be a national priority.
Social media feeds are filled with parents detailing their day-to-day challenges. Why? Because they need to be heard. They need comradery. They need change.
That’s what our Strolling Thunder™ event is all about. We’re excited to be back in person this June with families across the country to share stories like these and tell Congress it’s time to #ThinkBabies.
Putting Parents in Touch with Congress Since 2017
Members of Congress have heard firsthand stories from parents across the country during our annual Strolling Thunder event — both in person and virtually during the pandemic.
A mother from Maine who was forced to fall behind on bills due to a lack of paid leave after a difficult birth. A family from Kentucky who lost their home during the COVID-19 pandemic, stretching their finances and making child care unaffordable. A father from Louisiana who was laid off without access to unemployment benefits, struggling to care for seven children at home. A single mother from Massachusetts who struggles to raise her child on a teacher’s salary.
The event is a cornerstone of our Think Babies campaign, a national movement and a call to action for policymakers to prioritize the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families and to invest in our nation’s future. Federal priorities include:
- Increasing access to high-quality, affordable child care;
- Creating a national paid family and medical leave program;
- Increasing investments in Early Head Start so that more families living in poverty can benefit from the program’s comprehensive services;
- Increasing support for infant and early childhood mental health services;
- Providing support to transform the child welfare system; and
- Making the expanded Child Tax Credit permanent to increase families’ economic security.
Families need affordable, quality child care.
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Families need paid leave.
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Families need economic security and mental health support.
Do these stories seem familiar?
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