Congress has blown by a deadline that funds two federal programs that builds and maintains well-being for millions of children and their parents.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs (MIECHV) both provide strong foundational supports to children and their families. Every state in the country and the District of Columbia uses these federal resources to fund programs that provide health care coverage to children and tools and resources that help parents create stable, healthy, and loving family environments.

Research has shown that public policies and interventions that promote healthy development throughout the early childhood years create cost-saving benefits over the lifespan, including a foundation for later school achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, and effective parenting.

Without action in the Senate, the health and well-being of millions of children and their families are at risk. Both CHIP and MIECHV should be viewed as wise federal investments for building our future workforce. The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities urges you to take action and encourage your colleagues, board members, and networks to do the same, so they can also raise their voice for children and families in your state.