Issue Position: Children and Families
Strong families - blessed with opportunity, committed to responsibility, and filled with dreams - are the heart of a stronger America.
Today, parents face more challenges than ever as they try to get ahead. Wages are lagging behind inflation; hundreds of thousands of young people are being priced out of college; millions of parents and children are uninsured or paying too much for health care; and millions more families are struggling to juggle job and family responsibilities.
I believe in an America where strong, healthy families build a stronger America. I know that government doesn't raise children - parents do. But I believe that together, we can put government back on the side of America's families and build an America where every family can look to the future with hope.
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John Kerry Press Releases Press Releases More
02/14/08 Kerry Statement on Today's Revelations About FEMA Trailers
01/28/08 Kerry, Murray Introduce Bill to Address Youth Homelessness
01/18/08 Kerry Welcomes IG Decision to Investigate Callous, Hasty Immigration Raid
12/20/07 Kerry, Kennedy, Delahunt Announce South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands to receive more than $35 million in federal funding
12/20/07 Kerry, Kennedy, McGovern Announce Central and Southeastern Massachusetts to receive more than $7 million in federal funding
Education is the cornerstone of the American Dream. Yet today, too many schools don't give our children the high-quality education they deserve. I support expanding and improving early childhood education and Head Start programs. I believe the cost of college should never get in the way of our children furthering their education.
Today, nearly 44 million Americans don't have health insurance, and 8.5 million children are uninsured. At the same time, skyrocketing costs are a rising burden for working families. Keeping health care costs down is important to keep our children and families healthy.