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  • 05/31/11
    A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers
    Infants and toddlers are the age group most vulnerable to child abuse and neglect and the largest group of children entering foster care. Just as their brains are undergoing dramatic development, these young children experience maltreatment that can lead to permanent damage to the brain's architecture and lifelong problems. The child welfare system's response to infants and toddlers, when not attuned to developmental needs, can compound this damage. CDF, in collaboration with Zero to Three, the American Humane Association, Center for the Study of Social Policy and Child Welfare League of America, recently released A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, with recommendations for policies, programs and practices to better address the developmental needs of infants and toddlers who come to the attention of the child welfare system. It provides a starting point for federal, state, and local policymakers and administrators to assess and identify where and how they can revise or institute policies and practices that protect the development of infants and toddlers and their safety. This time in life provides a unique opportunity to intervene early to prevent or minimize negative effects that will prove more intractable later.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/27/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge"
    On May 25th, the Obama Administration announced a new Race to the Top challenge fund to identify and reward best practices in education—$500 million of the $700 million challenge is designed to improve the odds for the very youngest children. The Early Learning Challenge grant competition invites states to create comprehensive plans to develop and transform early learning systems for children from birth through prekindergarten to enable all children to start school ready to learn.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/20/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Fighting Cuts to Child Care"
    New York City parent Yvonne works as a home care attendant to help support her three-year-old son Darnell. While Yvonne is working, Darnell is enrolled at Franklin Square Head Start, part of Union Settlement in East Harlem, where he receives quality child care and is thriving. Earlier this year Yvonne received a letter saying Darnell would be dropped from the program on September 2, 2011. Yvonne can't afford a private preschool and she can't leave Darnell home alone. Without other affordable options, when September comes Yvonne will have nowhere for Darnell to go while she works.
  • 01/31/11
    Children in the States Factsheets
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in 2010 in each state.
  • The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds 01/13/11
    The State of Black Children and Families: Black Perspectives On What Black Children Face And What The Future Holds
    New research conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) found two issues have risen to the top of serious concerns the Black community faces.
  • Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children 01/13/11
    Black and White: Black Children Compared to White Children
    CDF produced a one-page document comparing Black and White children in the crucial areas of poverty, family structure, health, education and the criminal justice system.
  • Center for Labor Market Studies-Northeastern University Study on Youth Employment 12/31/10
    Center for Labor Market Studies-Northeastern University Study on Youth Employment
    Andy Sum, professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, conducted a study that found the American dream and employment opportunities vanishing for many Black young people.
  • 11/18/10
    Marian Wright Edelman's Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate
    On November 18, 2010, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The hearing entitled, "The State of the American Child: Securing Our Children's Future", brought together a distinguished panel of witnesses to testify on the dire state of our children during these difficult economic times and how citizens and lawmakers must act now to secure our children's future and our nation's future. Others on the panel included, Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy for the National Women's Law Center, Dr. Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council on Great City Schools, Peter Edelman , Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center and Faculty Co-Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Jennifer Garner, Artist Ambassador, Save the Children and Dr. David Satcher, Director, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • 09/30/10
    Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities
    On October 7, 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections) was signed into law, helping to, among other things, ensure that children in foster care maintain family connections. Fostering Connections clarifies that states may waive non-safety licensing standards on a case-by-case basis in order to eliminate barriers to placing children safely with relatives in licensed homes. In an effort to provide states with critical information as they examine their licensing policies and practices, this document presents background information on licensing for relatives. It also includes an overview of IV–E reimbursement for relative foster homes and information on the current landscape of waivers of foster home licensing standards, as well as recommendations for licensing standards that can help further the goal of maintaining family connections for children in foster care.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 09/03/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Gun Violence and Children: Have We No Shame or Respect for Child Life?"
    . The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) has documented the threat of gun violence against American children for nearly two decades since we learned in a Peter Hart Associates poll undertaken by CDF's Black Community Crusade for Children that the number one concern of Black adults and youths was gun violence. So many in both generations feared they or their children would never reach adulthood because of pervasive gun violence.
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