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  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/29/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Empowering the Next Generation Through the CDF Freedom Schools® Program"
    Close your eyes and think about the words summer school. What comes to mind? If you picture a room full of children clapping, chanting, laughing and learning to fall in love with books and reading, you could be imagining the experience thousands of children across the country are about to have over the next few months as they participate in the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program.
  • 05/01/09
    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 2008 in each state.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/24/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Whatever It Takes"
    Whatever It Takes. That's the title of the recent book by New York Times Magazine editor Paul Tough about Geoffrey Canada, a vice chair of the Children's Defense Fund's board of directors and the visionary creator of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). "Whatever it takes" is Canada's philosophy about serving and saving the thousands of children in the nearly 100-block radius that constitutes the Harlem Children's Zone Project.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/03/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Dr. John Hope Franklin—Scholar, Teacher, Activist, Friend"
    On March 25 beloved historian John Hope Franklin, the nation's leading scholar of African American history, passed away at age 94. Dr. Franklin became a scholar of Black history at a time when many other "experts" didn't believe there was anything about African American history worth studying.
  • 03/31/09
    Cradle to Prison PipelineĀ® State Factsheets
    These factsheets provide basic state-level data on the various issues related to the pipeline including poverty, health care, early childhood education, education, child welfare, juvenile justice system and incarceration, and community violence. They also provide action steps needed to protect and reroute children from the pipeline.
  • 03/23/09
    The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy
    CDF gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations so you can begin familiarizing yourself with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding and program activities available in your state and community. To ensure that children and families truly benefit from these increased funds, it is important to identify funding coming into your state that can be used to invest in children, families, and communities. These links will be updated on a regular basis, so check back frequently.
  • 02/27/09
    Marian Wright Edelman's La Columna Child Watch®: "El creciente problema de la excesiva vigilancia policial en nuestras escuelas"
    Imag??nese ser un ni??o de cuatro a??os y ser esposado porque junto a otro amiguito en la clase preescolar se niegan a tomar la siesta. O tener cinco a??os, ser esposado, sacado de la escuela en una ambulancia y llevado a la sala psiqui??trica de un hospital por el mero hecho de tener una rabieta en la clase de Kindergarten.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 01/09/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Remembering Sally Smith, the Pioneering Arts Educator"
    "It was a catered evening reception at the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., but this event didn't signal an exhibit opening for a famous painter. The guests of honor were 30 outstanding, though generally unheralded, elementary and high school art teachers from across the country flown to Washington to receive a personalized award and a print signed by artist James Rosenquist..."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 12/26/08
    Child Watch® Column: "CDF's 35th Anniversary: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
    "As we all look to a new year and pause to remember the highlights of the last one, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is reflecting on a major milestone: 2008 marked our 35th anniversary. In October, we celebrated with a special event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C."
  • State of America's Children 2008 Report 12/23/08
    State of America's Children 2008® Report - Are Our Children Ready to Compete in the Global Arena?
    The first section of CDF's State of America's Children 2008, "Are Our Children Ready to Compete in the Global Arena?" provides data on how America ranks among industrialized countries in investing in and protecting children.
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