One-Year Anniversary of the Global Child Thrive Act

Source: USAID

Throughout the world, children and families confront poverty, disease, conflict, disasters, violence, inadequate access to basic needs, or some odious combination of these circumstances that harms their development. As a nation working to address these wrongs, and facilitate the healthy development of children, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Global Child Thrive Act.

Through USAID, and other U.S government child-focused foreign assistance programs, this Act commits the United States to invest in early childhood development and support parents and families as they nurture, love, and protect their children by establishing a coordinated and multifaceted response at the highest levels of government. Because of the grassroots activism and bipartisan support that led to the passage of this Act, children around the world are receiving comprehensive programming in early childhood development, responsive caregiving for social and emotional well-being, and opportunities for early learning, all of which will support their health, nutrition, and safety. On behalf of my USAID colleagues, I thank Congress for its bipartisan commitment to helping children through this Act, particularly Representative Joaquin Castro, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, Senator Roy Blunt, and Senator Chris Coons, for their leadership on this bill.

As we celebrate the anniversary of this historic law, we should remember that every child deserves the chance to thrive, reach their full potential, and live a healthy life. Long term investments made in early childhood development are vital to help eliminate extreme poverty, promote a peaceful society, and create a better future for all.