New York

Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation committed to equity and justice where children and youth live with dignity, hope, and joy.

Our Focus

Since 1992, CDF-NY has empowered youth through research, policy, and advocacy. We tackle poverty’s impact on New York’s children and youth, emphasizing justice, education, health, and housing. 

Policy Priorities in New York

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Updates in New York

CDF Beat the Odds Program is Sunsetting

Since 1990, the Beat the Odds program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees. While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.

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Programs in New York

Freedom Schools

Young girl dancing and smiling during Harambee

Movement Building

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Children’s Defense Fund – New York

815 Second Avenue, 8th Fl.,
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 697-2323
Fax: (212) 697-0566

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