Welcome to the Advocacy Day briefing room!
We have THREE alerts for Advocacy Day. BOOST scholarships that support low-income children in education, including scholarships for Catholic schools), making information on perinatal hospice easily available for parents facing a life-limiting diagnosis for their baby in utero, and the Time to Care Act, which creates an affordable insurance plan for paid family leave.
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1. Support Full Funding for BOOST scholarships
Budget Bills: HB 588 and SB 491
Quick Facts | BOOST fact sheet
- BOOST scholarships provide economic justice by helping low-income families close the achievement gap through education options for their children at a Catholic or other non-public school.
- BOOST scholarship recipients come from families with an average household income of under $36,000 and from 21 counties across Maryland. Most are from families of color.
- BOOST is underfunded, with the scholarship waitlist tripled this year. Ask legislators to vote for the $10 million in the State budget bill.
2. Support Perinatal Hospice Information
HB 1112 and SB 891
- Perinatal hospice gives families the gift of time with their baby, who has been given a life-limiting diagnosis in utero, helping them to process the diagnosis, welcome and say good-bye to their infant.
- Medical professionals support this service, including the American College of Obstetricians, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Families deserve access to this information and this bill would help make it easily available.
3. Support Time to Care Act
HB 375 and SB 211
Quick Facts | Time to Care Act Fact Sheet
- Most struggling families are just one major caregiving crisis away from bankruptcy and are forced to choose between the jobs they need or the family they love.
- As many as 25% of new moms take 10 days or less maternity leave, and as many as 60% of low-income new fathers don’t take a single day of paternity leave, putting both parents and child at risk physically and emotionally.
- Only 17% of workers have access to paid family leave to care for a loved one, themselves, or a new child.
- This bill creates an insurance program to help families with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a new baby, serious illness, military deployment and care for aging parents.