When children miss out on a solid foundation at the beginning of their lives, it can ultimately perpetuate cycles of poverty and hardships.

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“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” – Matthew 19:13-14 NIV

Roughly 250 million children are unable to reach their God-given potential due to inadequate nutrition, education, or care or because of exposure to violence or conflict. When children miss out on a solid foundation at the beginning of their lives, it can ultimately perpetuate cycles of poverty and hardships.

It’s time to focus U.S. foreign assistance efforts to ensure that evidence-based approaches are being used to provide these vulnerable children with the best possible start in life. The Global Child Thrive Act would do just that.

The Global Child Thrive Act (S. 2715/H.R. 4864), introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate, and Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in House, aims to give children a solid start by integrating early childhood development interventions into current foreign assistance programs that serve vulnerable children and their families.

Act today: Ask your legislators to help give children everywhere a solid foundation and the chance to thrive by co-sponsoring the Global Child Thrive Act.

Read more about the Global Child Thrive Act.

House:

Date Introduced: October 28, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 45

Date Passed: 

 

Senate:

Date Introduced: October 28, 2019

Number of Cosponsors: 7

Date Passed: 

 

(Last Updated 2/3/20)

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