Medford dad travels to D.C. to take a stand for toddlers and babies

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Steve Spencer is a single father to two boys, four-month-old Johny and two-year-old Jaxon.

He says going at parenthood alone is a challenge.

"It's really hard to put focus in trying to figure out a way to keep the apartment and get food in these kids bellies and so on and so forth on top of taking care of him and not sleeping," Spencer said.

Right now state funding for programs like SNAP, WIC, and others are threatened by budget cuts.

This is why Spencer and his family, along with hundreds of other parents and toddlers, will march to Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 2nd.

"Like we really need them so I’m going there to just fight for everybody," Spencer said.

And it won't be an all-boys trip.

Grandma’s 2 Go, who has helped care for Spencer’s children, will be right there with them.

"I started this about five years ago when I realized we don't honor and take care of our families the way we should," Founder, Linda Otto said.

And the Senior Director of Federal Policy at Zero to Three, says data backs up the need for early childhood support.

"We know that baby’s brains are forming more than 1 million neuron connections every second. And that this is laying a foundation for their brain architecture."

The march, called Strolling Thunder, will advocate for paid family leave, increased access to affordable child care and mental health support programs.

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