News from the Children's Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

We work with Congress and the federal government to advocate for federal policies that improve children’s lives. We also advocate at the state level, pushing for policy reforms through our six state offices that collectively represent nearly 40 percent of all children living in poverty in America. And we train and equip young people, faith communities, decision makers and community organizations to become local advocates for children across the country.

After four decades of advocacy, we know that changing the system to better serve our children takes time—and there are children across America who need help now. So we run programs that change the odds for children like CDF Freedom Schools®, which reach more than 12,000 children every year, empowering them to excel today and make a difference tomorrow. And because our Freedom Schools are staffed primarily by college students of color, we’re building two generations of change-makers at the same time.

  1. Black History Month: Celebrating the Arts
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-23 By Ben Dawson
  2. ‘Black Empowerment Festival’ to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Galveston’s African American Community 
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-21 By Ben Dawson
  3. CDF-CA Youth Justice Director Milinda Kakani speaks to California Senate Subcommittee about the state of California’s Juvenile Justice system
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-16 By Ben Dawson
  4. WEDS: CDF-CA Youth Justice Director to Share Testimony on CA’s Juvenile Justice System as State Questions Whether Two LA County Juvenile Facilities are Unsuitable to Confine Youth
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-13 By Ben Dawson
  5. Mississippi Public Broadcasting Interviews CDF-SRO Director Oleta Fitzgerald After Mississippi Rejects Federal Funds for Summer Food Assistance
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-12 By Ben Dawson
  6. CDF-NY Calls on the U.S. Senate to Approve the Expansion of the Child Tax Credit
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-06 By Ben Dawson
  7. The Child Tax Credit: Moving Forward
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-02-02 By Ben Dawson
  8. CDF-Texas, Partners Urge TX School Districts to Refrain from Rating Library Books According to HB 900
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-29 By Ben Dawson
  9. Transforming Changemakers
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-26 By Ben Dawson
  10. CDF-Texas to Celebrate ‘Children’s Sabbath’ in Houston on January 28th
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-26 By Ben Dawson
  11. A Call and Choice
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-19 By Ben Dawson
  12. CDF-Texas Applauds Federal Appeals Court’s Decision Ruling Key Aspects of Texas Book Rating Law Unconstitutional
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-19 By Ben Dawson
  13. The Children’s Defense Fund – New York Calls for a ‘Whole Child, Whole Community’ State Budget & Legislative Priorities’
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-15 By Ben Dawson
  14. CDF-Texas Calls on Texas Leaders to Accept Federal Food Assistance in Support of State’s Young People
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-12 By Ben Dawson
  15. CDF-Texas Condemns Violent Language from Governor Abbott Regarding People Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border
    Source: Children's Defense Fund Published on 2024-01-12 By Ben Dawson
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