Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

Road to Freedom Campaign

Road to Freedom is a social fundraising campaign for the CDF Freedom Schools® program to help vulnerable children in low-income communities become local leaders. By becoming a fundraiser you can help more children on their journey to Literacy, Leadership, and Social Advocacy . . . and toward becoming your community’s best citizens!

Get started now and create your own Road to Freedom fundraising campaign page today. Don’t want to start your own campaign? You can still contribute by making a donation today.

Join us July 18-22 for the 2016 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry: "Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for Children from the Sanctuary to the Street"

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. Learn more about the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Register for the 2016 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry: "Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for Children from the Sanctuary to the Street" today!

Video Showroom

Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks with college students at CDF Freedom Schools® national training about changing the racial narrative of fear and anger.

Conversation on Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism is a national problem. On Jun 10 the U.S. Department of Education released the first-ever Chronic Absenteeism Data Analysis. Watch Secretary of Education John King’s conversation with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Marian Wright Edelman on the new absenteeism data and what can be done to ensure ‪#‎everystudenteveryday is in school. Learn more.