Supporting parents and families is one of the most critical things we can do to safeguard a healthy future for our nation's kids.
We talk a big game, as a nation, about how much we value our kids. After all, “the children are our future,” right?
But here’s the thing: our investments and policies don’t yet line up with this value. Spending on children makes up just 10 percent of the federal budget, and that share is likely to fall. The outcomes are clear: Child well-being in the United States ranks 26 on a list of 29 industrialized nations in a UNICEF report. We must do better!
So here’s our recommendation of the absolute best thing we can do to give kids a healthy start in 2016: support parents and families.