The Children’s Defense Fund has always believed that “children do not come in pieces” and that children need comprehensive, integrated supports and services from birth through adulthood. How does America achieve this goal with the existing fragmented education and health and human services systems? A new Harvard Education Press book, Improving the Odds for America’s Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice, diagnoses current obstacles to progress and promotes key recommendations for child and family policy going forward. Hillary Rodham Clinton says of the new book: “This important collection of ideas about how to improve the odds for America’s children should be required reading for policy makers across the country.” Order the book today.

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Urban Districts Pledge Progress for Boys of Color
November 3, 2014, Education Week

Police: Ohio Girl, 3, Shot by 4-Year-Old Brother
November 3, 2014, The New York Times

Children Are On the Ballot
November 2, 2014, Huffington Post

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They Beat the Odds

Watch this trailer to meet the Children's Defense Fund's 2014 D.C. Beat the Odds® awardees. CDF celebrates the positive potential of young people. Each year, CDF honors five outstanding high school students.

Michael Tubbs: Shifting the Narrative about Black Male Achievement

An extraordinary young leader who at age 22 became the youngest city council member in Stockton, California, Michael shares his story of growing up poor and Black and male and suggests powerful ways to help others get the education they need to succeed.


Children’s Sabbaths

Prime your congregation for action with this year’s National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® manual.
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