Our partner CLASP is offering two important opportunities designed to support young children and their families. DEC asks you to participate in both these advocacy activities that reflect DEC priorities!
Please (1) Take the time to watch the webinar related to the new Public Charge regulations; and (2) If you provide services to families, including immigrant families, complete the survey below.
Thank you for participating in these efforts that reflect DEC priorities for the mental and physical wellbeing of every child and their family.
Webinar: Public Charge and Young Children: What Early Childhood Stakeholders Need to Know
Early childhood experts know that nutrition assistance, affordable health insurance, and quality child care and early learning opportunities are vital for children’s healthy development. But we also know that many immigrant families are worried about participating in programs like SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, and CHIP. Parents are concerned about how their private information will be shared and that participating in such programs—even for their U.S. citizen-children—will impact their ability to obtain long-term status in the U.S. These fears are only heightened by a recently published final rule that dramatically changes the meaning and application of “public charge” in immigration law, which will take effect on October 15 if it is not stopped by litigation.
CLASP invites early childhood policymakers, advocates, providers, and others invested in the wellbeing of young children to join us for a webinar on Thursday, September 12 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET to learn more about the public charge rule. We’ll focus specifically on how the rule impacts young children in immigrant families and discuss how to answer commonly asked questions from families about participating in publicly funded programs and services.
Register for the webinar here.
As part of CLASP’s ongoing efforts to document the impacts of immigration policy on young children, we are disseminating a survey for early childhood professionals working with immigrant families. The survey is intended for direct service professionals providing child care and early education services, including but not limited to classroom teachers, special education teachers, family child care providers, home visitors, early interventionists, family engagement specialists, and program directors. Depending on the respondent’s primary role, question topics include children’s behavior and mental health; parental needs; public benefit participation; program attendance and enrollment changes; families who have experienced immigration enforcement actions; and existing resources and needs for support.
The survey will take approximately 25-45 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card. The survey can be accessed using this link:
Unfortunately, we are only able to administer the survey in English at this time.
We will publish the findings of this survey in a research brief later this year. Your survey responses will also help to inform the development of additional resources for early childhood stakeholders and immigrant families with young children. All responses are anonymous.
Please direct questions about the survey or CLASP to Rebecca Ullrich (firstname.lastname@example.org). CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit organization.