Children and Family Support

City leaders have a role to play across multiple areas to support residents and their communities. Children and families need opportunities to learn and grow, to be financially stable so they can pay their bills and get ahead, to live a healthy lifestyle and have access to healthcare, and to have safe neighborhoods to call home.

Preventing Family Financial Instability

Before this pandemic, 40% of Americans could not cover a $400 emergency. Pay cuts and job losses without a social safety net will hinder residents from taking the necessary precautions, including staying home when sick or even purchasing extra groceries. Meanwhile, bills continue to pile up. When an employer closes its doors, leaving employees without a paycheck, the financial and social burden falls disproportionately on single parent households and people of color, who are more likely to earn hourly wages. City leaders can take steps to prevent further financial instability for families during this unprecedented time.

Nature and Outdoors

Municipal leaders have an opportunity to promote connecting children and families to the outdoors and nature during the pandemic.