I'm the mom of three kids, ages 7, 10 and 14. My oldest child is disabled, and it's a struggle to receive the therapies and access to specialists he needs.
President Biden's COVID-19 relief package includes a monumental change to the child tax credit to expand eligibility and increase the amount of the benefit. It would be a godsend for families like mine.
My kids attend Title I schools, where a large percentage of the students are from low-income families. Having this additional tax credit would not only provide our kids with essentials like food, clothing, and shelter, but they would also be able to participate in extracurricular activities, outside of the very few options at their schools.
President Biden's plan also includes steps to increase vaccinations and provide resources so schools can safely reopen soon. My second grader is finally back in the classroom, but my other two are still attending school online. Spending so much time on a computer and isolated from other children is affecting my kids' physical and mental health, and it's especially challenging for special education students, like my oldest son. I want them back in their school buildings but want to know it's safe for them and their teachers.
If you want to significantly reduce child poverty and get students safely back into school buildings, please urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to support President Biden's COVID-19 relief plan.