Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

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Registration for the 21st annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc Toward God’s Vision of Justice for Children,” is now open.

Don't miss your chance to be part of the Beloved Community of clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children that will gather at CDF Haley Farm for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops and continuing education about the urgent needs of children across the nation.

The Proctor Institute has special opportunities for students at seminaries and divinity schools. For more infomation on scholarships and course credit please contact Janet Wolf at jwolf@childrensdefense.org.

We look forward to welcoming you home to CDF Haley Farm July 20-24, 2015. Early Bird registration discount ends May 31st. Register today!

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The Children’s Defense Fund 21st Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is quickly approaching. Find your heart, mind, body and soul renewed and recharged for action, in the serene setting of CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, once home to Roots author Alex Haley and now the spiritual home of the children’s movement. Register now!
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This week on the one year anniversary of her passing we remember the great poet Maya Angelou and how she helped change the world in which we live. Ms. Angelou, a poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, playwright, author, actress, professor, and dear friend of the Children's Defense Fund. We pay tribute by sharing her beautiful voice and lyrical poetry.