Joaquin Castro

From the office of:

Joaquin Castro

Sending Office: Honorable Joaquin Castro
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Co-sponsor H.R. 4864, the bipartisan, bicameral Global Child Thrive Act

Co-Sponsors (34): Castro, Fitzpatrick, Moore, Coleman, Cisneros, Grijalva, Haaland, McGovern, Scanlon, Blumenauer, Gonzalez, Jackson Lee, Kuster, Harder, B. Thompson, Axne, Allred, Costa, Norton, Chu, Meeks,
Deutch, Luria, S. Bishop, Case, Trone, Cuellar, Bass, Meng, Wagner, Ruppersberger, Napolitano, Carson, Espaillat

Endorsements (54): Catholic Relief Services; 1,000 Days; Abt Associates; Amal Alliance, Inc.; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Public Health Association; Basic Education Coalition; Bread for the World; ChildFund International; Children’s HeartLink;
Child Health Foundation; Children International; CORE Group; Early Childhood Development Task Force; Early Opportunities LLC; Education Development Center; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Edesia Nutrition; Feed the Children; Food for the Hungry;
Global Campaign for Education – US; Global Citizen; Global Partners United LLC; Global Water 2020; IRD Bangladesh; International Rescue Committee; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; John Snow, Inc.; Life for Mothers; Maestral
International; Management Sciences for Health; Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital; Medical IMPACT; National Association for the Education of Young Children; Oregon Health and Science University; Partnership for Early Childhood Development & Disability Rights;
PATH; RESULTS; RISE Institute; RTI International; Sesame Workshop; Smile Train; SPOON; The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS; The De Waal Foundation; The Hunger Project; The LEGO Foundation; UNICEF USA; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; WaterAid;
World Education, Inc.; World Learning; World Vision US; Zero to Three

Companion: S.2715 – Blunt, Coons,
Rubio, Collins

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in supporting H.R. 4864, the Global Child Thrive Act, to build on efforts to advance early childhood development internationally.

Our most cherished treasure, young children the world over deserve the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Despite the progress we have achieved, underserved kids in low-income countries continue to suffer developmentally during
formative periods. While various adverse childhood experiences negatively affect wellbeing, careful programming can promote better outcomes.  Full of hope and potential, children need us to do our part.

To help give future generations the chance to grow happily and healthily, the Global Child Thrive Act intends to bolster global early childhood development. Dedicating renewed attention to improving lives, the Act emphasizes effective approaches to assist
other countries in implementing worthwhile initiatives. We must all fulfill our collective duty to the world’s children.

By encouraging the application of sustainable interventions, the Act would protect and serve vulnerable children in partnership with other relevant actors, and:

  • Establish that the Administrator of USAID shall direct executive branch agencies to incorporate early childhood development into current programming and in partner countries
  •  Include updates in the annual report of the Special Adviser for Children in Adversity required under the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005
  • Assign the Special Adviser for Children in Adversity to regularly convene an interagency task force
  • Amend Chapter 1 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 on “Assistance for orphans and other vulnerable children” by:
    • Reauthorizing for 2020-2025
    • Adding a section on “Assistance to improve early childhood outcomes globally”

Contact Christian Krueger ( in Congressman Castro’s office or Michael McCabe ( in Congressman
Fitzpatrick’s office to be included as a co-sponsor.


Joaquin Castro                                                                                                        Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress                                                                                        Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Ethics and Standards, Family Issues, Foreign Affairs, Government, HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4864
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