First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joe Biden urging him to use his State of the Union address to commit additional efforts to improve the well-being of children across our country and the world.

Excerpt from the letter:

The United States lags behind many of its peer nations in the supports we provide children and families. As you frequently reference Dr. Biden saying, “Any nation that out-educates us, will out-compete us.” We strongly agree with this sentiment and would broaden it to argue that any country that invests more and provides stronger support for child nutrition, economic mobility, child health care, paid family leave, and other child services will raise the next generation that will out-compete us. Child-centered policy is good for our country and is good for our kids. The immediate relief and stability of a positive pro-child agenda can strengthen families, communities, and the nation’s future. This agenda also would allow children to think beyond their immediate circumstances and dream of what they will become.

Read the full letter.