Goals and Policy Recommendations for Secure Families


​Advocacy Goals and Policy Re​​commendations for Secure Famil​ies

Goals for Secure Families:

The 45th president must advance efforts to ensure that parents can give their children the best foundation for the future. The next administration must ensure that all families have:

  • work that provides a stable and adequate income and family-friendly benefits,
  • safe and secure housing,
  • affordable and safe child care,
  • access to adequate, healthy, nutritious foods throughout the year, and
  • resources that support positive parenting skills training.

Policy recommendations to support secure families:

  • Increase opportunities to lift families out of poverty, including raising the minimum wage, offering job training, strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), expanding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, strengthening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and expanding family and medical leave.
  • Make significant investments to ensure access to affordable and high-quality child care for all families, including support for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
  • End family homelessness, reduce housing instability, help families struggling to afford their rent, and improve public support for affordable and safe housing, including through expansion of federal rental assistance.
  • Expand programs for at-risk parents, such as the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, in order to identify and connect them to services in the community to treat maternal depression and familial substance abuse, promote child welfare, and identify and mitigate toxic stress.
  • Improve the child welfare system to prevent child abuse and neglect, better serve vulnerable children and their families, and ensure that children and caregivers have access to coordinated, high-quality, trauma-informed health and social services.
  • Protect and strengthen federal nutrition programs for children and families—especially pregnant mothers—including breastfeeding promotion, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, and the Summer Food Service Program.