Choose Love Not Hate

Time remaining to double your impact in 2016.

Now more than ever, adults of all races, faiths and political persuasions must come together to make a difference for all of America’s children. Never has the call to moral and political struggle for justice been more urgent in our nation and world as now when forces of regression seek to erode racial and gender progress and dash the hope of millions of children.

CDF never gives up. We work to ensure every child in America a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

We are grateful our generous anonymous donor has extended the challenge of raising $250,000 to December 31st. That means that every gift CDF receives this month will be doubled dollar-for-dollar.

Please consider doubling the impact of your tax deductible gift and help us reach our goal of raising $250,000 in matching funds before the end of the year.

Help us reach our goal of $250,000
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.

Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! Toolkit

If asking parents this simple question could help ensure children stay healthier, do better in school, and even save a child's life, should schools do it? More and more districts around the country are answering with a resounding yes! CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have just released Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! a toolkit to help schools and districts connect children to health care coverage as part of routine school enrollment. The toolkit offers a clear set of steps, useful tools, tips and lessons learned that we hope superintendents, school districts, teachers and parents across the country will embrace and make connecting uninsured children to health coverage through schools routine in America. Get started now to help #InsureAllChildren.

Help Change the Odds for Our Most Vulnerable Children

At the 2016 Beat the Odds Celebration, Marian Wright Edelman and CDF’s Board of Directors honored CDF Alumnus Secretary Hillary Clinton and five exceptional youths from the greater Washington, D.C. metro area who have overcome tremendous hardship to excel academically and give back to their communities.

Don’t miss your opportunity to witness an inspirational evening filled with love and hope as we hear their stories of loss, neglect, abuse, poverty, violence and inequality — and meet some of the caring adults who support them.

Watch the 2016 Beat the Odds Celebration

You can help CDF change the odds for all of America’s children by giving as generously as you can to support our work.

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Having health insurance makes a huge difference for children in school. Schools can make a difference by identifying uninsured students and connecting them to health insurance.

Hear U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. speak about the importance of this work at the event highlighting the Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! toolkit by CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Get started today!

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Children's Defense Fund Celebrates Hillary Rodham Clinton
November 14, 2016, Children's Defense Fund

Childhood Poverty Has Lifelong Ramifications
October 18, 2016, Mountain Xpress

To unite our country, we must invest in kids
October 7, 2016, The Hill

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