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Faith-Based Child Advocacy Research Data & Publications

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  • 09/19/14
    Child Watch® Column: "The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America"
    Just released U.S. Census Bureau data reveals 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group and children of color and those under five are the poorest. More than one in five infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were poor during their years of greatest brain development and vulnerability.
  • 08/29/14
    Child Watch® Column: “'The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America"
    Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s Defense Fund co-sponsored symposium on Advancing Success for Black Men in College by sharing a question his 14-year-old son asked him: why did he get in trouble for speaking out of turn when he jumped in to answer his teacher’s question, but when his White friend did the same thing she was praised for being excited about learning?
  • 08/22/14
    Child Watch® Column: “'Who’s Looking for Me?': God’s and America’s Invisible Children"
    Not long ago Reverend Romal Tune was the child in “Who’s Looking for Me,” his spoken word piece shared below—the hungry boy begging strangers for money and watching them cross the street to avoid him; the teenager planning his funeral with his then 15-year-old cousin because “dying meant that we would finally be noticed; people would finally see us and treat us like we mattered.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 10/15/10
    Child Watch® Column: "Celebrating the Children's Sabbath"
    Across the country, thousands of people of faith are coming together right now to advocate for children in need through National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® celebrations. This annual celebration, held every third weekend in October, provides a time for faith communities to strengthen their existing efforts for children, discover new opportunities, and respond to the Divine mandate to nurture, protect, and advocate for all children.
  • Children's Sabbaths cover 08/20/10
    2010 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Manual, Muslim Section
    Muslim section for the 2010 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® manual "Blessed to Be a Blessing". This section contains suggested activities to engage your mosque, Islamic center, school, or group in the Children's Sabbaths celebration.
  • Children's Sabbaths cover 07/28/10
    National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Manual, Vol. 19, Welcome Section
    Introduction to the 2010 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths manual "Blessed to Be a Blessing". This section includes welcome letter from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, an overview of the manual, frequently asked questions, and examples of how faith communities have observed the Children's Sabbaths in the past.
  • 05/13/09
    2009 Children's Sabbaths Lesson Plan - Baha'i
    The 2009 Children's Sabbaths Bahai Lesson Plans to accompany your National Observance of Children's Sabbaths celebration.
  • 05/13/09
    2009 Children's Sabbaths Lesson Plan - Christian
    The 2009 Children's Sabbaths Christian Lesson Plans to accompany your National Observance of Children's Sabbaths celebration.
  • 02/06/09
    National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Promotional Packet
    Promotional resources for the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths weekend. Includes a description of the Children's Sabbaths, frequently asked questions, 10 examples of how faith communities have celebrated in previous years, a promotional flyer, and an order form for volume 18 of the Children's Sabbaths manual.
  • 09/22/08
    Building a World Fit For All Children: Organizing Model for Faith Communities
    This resource is intended to be a conversation starter on how religious communities can begin to organize and build a children's movement in their own house of worship and across America.
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