Promise the Children

Promise the Children

Promise the Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999. We recruit volunteers who will work together and advocate for the funding of public and private programs that support U.S. children and their families who earn low wages.

We offer information and action alerts for your consideration regarding the preservation of the safety net subsidies that our low-earning families depend on. These include early education, childcare, food stamps, health care and more. Information and action alerts are posted on our website News page, and on our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.  

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1. Public School Funding:  Make sure that state funding for your public schools is up-to-date. In Massachusetts we have to urge our state legislators to fund all our schools fairly.

2. Early Childhood Education and Childcare For All: Please let your elected officials know that all of our children need an ambitious investment in early education and childcare now. Ask your elected officials: “How do you plan to give all children access to quality early education and childcare?”

3. Gun Safety:  Many teenagers around the country have marched for improved gun safety. Are gun owners licensed in your state? Are military weapons banned? Do salespeople have access to a list of violent people who should not be sold guns? Let your local legislators know your opinion on gun sales.

4. Food Stamps:  In 2019 our food stamp program faces severe cuts as well as a job requirement to receive funding. Many parent(s) are working part-time jobs and cannot earn a living wage. In addition, the jobs may be seasonal or otherwise temporary. These workers depend on food stamps when they may not be working. Even when working, they may depend on food stamps to feed their families.

Sign Our Petition: Protect Our Food Stamp Program

5. Healthcare: All children and their parent(s) should have access to healthcare when they work at low-paying jobs or are temporarily laid off. Congress is discussing a job requirement to be eligible for this assistance. Low-income families have so many hoops to jump through to gain access to healthcare, and this requirement might prevent access. Consider whether you think a job requirement helps when a parent has a sick child, and voice your opinion to your state-wide legislators.

6. Shattering the Lives of Families: The lives of immigrant families are being shattered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Even when parent(s) are paying taxes and fully supporting their families, they may be detained or deported. No path for citizenship is under consideration by Congress. Sadly, when these individuals are arrested by ICE, their citizen children are referred to state child welfare organizations and placed in foster care or in private, unregulated detention centers across the U.S. Urge Congress to regulate these detention centers and provide education, health care and appropriate activities.

Contact Congress: To find your legislators’ contact information, visit Call My Congress and enter your zip code. You’ll then receive contact information for your federally elected officials. Here are more ways to get in touch with your federal, state and local elected leaders.

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Promise the Children
58 Winter Street
Nahant, MA
01908

Phone: 781-248-1422

Coordinates: 42° 25' 39.036" N, 70° 54' 59.562" W
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Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

See, Think, & Wonder Walks: Signs of Spring Forest Walk

Kids will explore Hellcat Swamp with Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
Let's head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes, and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration is presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children will all enjoy...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Read to Benny at TOHP Burnham Library

Kids will read stories to Benny the Reading Dog in Essex Massachusetts!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites children to come read stories with to Benny the Reading Dog. Sign up for a 15 minute slot. Bring books from home, or choose from our collection.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

Sparhawk School First Friday's Open House Events

Sparhawk School in Amersbury MA
Are you considering different educational options for your child? Join us for a First Friday Event at Sparhawk! This is your opportunity to explore our two beautiful campuses (Elementary & Middle / High School), engage with our students and faculty and see our school in action.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

PJ Library Musical Shabbat with Marci Yellin

PJ Library Musical Shabbat with Marci Yellin
Lappin Foundation and PJ Library invite families to enjoy Musical Shabbat with Marci Yellin. Click Here to Join the Musical Shabbat on March 27th* *Zoom Meeting ID: 632651204 P.S.—Send us pictures to share!
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

PJ Library Shabbat Shalom Circle - Peabody MA

Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore Lappin Foundation - Peabody MA
Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore and Lappin Foundation invite families with children ages 8 and including babies, parents, grandparents and friends, are invited to welcome in Shabbat with Shabbat stories, songs, friendship, and a free dinner! This is a free program. Walk-ins welcome.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 4

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am