H. R. 4864, Global Child Thrive Act of 2019.

Summary: This bill reauthorizes for FY2020-FY2025 programs to provide assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries. The bill also requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct relevant executive branch agencies to incorporate early childhood development into current programs and promote inclusive early childhood development in partner countries.

Such actions to promote early childhood development shall build on existing U.S. plans and strategies and aim to (1) prevent unnecessary family-child separation, (2) assist families with children with disabilities, and (3) help countries transition from child care protection systems that rely on residential care (such as orphanages and children’s homes) to ones focused on family-based care. (Cosponsors)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 05/15/20.

STATUS: Introduced 10/28/19 by Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20].

  • On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote on 09/22/20).


  • “We’ve seen the impact that investment in early childhood development has back home,” said Congressman Castro. “To help all kids succeed, it’s never been more important that we show that same commitment on a global scale. The bipartisan, bicameral Global Child Thrive Act responds to difficult conditions abroad, advances effective initiatives, and empowers the world’s children.” (Source: Area. Castro, Press Release)


Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

Link to bill information on GovTrack.

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