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Recent Releases

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Helps Adults and Children

A key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the requirement that states expand eligibility for Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to cover more children and low-income adults, a requirement which became an option for states after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2012. As of July 20, 2015, 30 states and the District of Columbia have taken this option, expanding affordable health coverage to more than 10 million low-income Americans and reducing the rate of uninsurance nationwide from 17.6 percent to 10.1 percent.

July 29, 2015

Medicaid Primer - July 2015

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicaid for "protection or security against the economic effects of sickness," and for fifty years, Medicaid has done just that for millions of children and low-income families across America.

July 29, 2015

CITS Notes and Sources 2015

July 21, 2015

Reducing Child Poverty in the US: Costs and Impacts of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund

Reducing Child Poverty in the US: Costs and Impacts of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund Linda Giannarelli, Kye Lippold, Sarah Minton, and Laura Wheaton

January 12, 2015

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.

January 9, 2015

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U.S. State Child Data
  • 07/17/15
    Children in the States Factsheets 2015
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    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 09/18/14
    Child Poverty in America 2013: State Analysis
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    State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 18, 2014 reveal that child poverty remains at record high levels in the states, and that the highest rates are for children of color and young children.
  • 05/06/14
    Children in the States Factsheets 2014
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    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 01/23/14
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    This is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk.
  • 07/24/13
    Protect Children Not Guns 2013
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    CDF's Protect Children Not Guns 2013 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and outlines progress at the federal and state level since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In 2010, 2,694 children and teens died from guns in the United States—one child or teen every three hours and 15 minutes, seven every day, 51 every week for a year. More than six times as many children and teens—18,270—suffered nonfatal gun injuries as gun deaths in 2010. This is equal to one child or teen every 30 minutes, 50 every day, and 351 children and teens every week.

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CDF Landmark Reports

The Children’s Defense Fund has published hundreds of policy reports over 40 years. Many have led to important improvements in policies and programs for children.

   
         
   
         
       
Archives

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the University of Tennessee Knoxville Digital Library for all their hard work in making these publications available to the public.

  • 11/13/13
    Strong Start For America’s Children Act Offers New Hope For Children Birth Through Five
    The Strong Start for America's Children Act invests in and encourages expansions of high quality home visiting programs, Early Head Start, Head Start, child care, pre-K and quality kindergarten programs to reach poor and low-income children.
  • 09/19/13
    Child Poverty in America 2012 National Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet highlights the new poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2012. The number of children in poverty is 16.1 million, essentially unchanged from 2011. Children remain the poorest age group with over one in five children living in poverty in America.
  • 07/24/13
    Protect Children Not Guns 2013
    CDF's Protect Children Not Guns 2013 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and outlines progress at the federal and state level since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In 2010, 2,694 children and teens died from guns in the United States—one child or teen every three hours and 15 minutes, seven every day, 51 every week for a year. More than six times as many children and teens—18,270—suffered nonfatal gun injuries as gun deaths in 2010. This is equal to one child or teen every 30 minutes, 50 every day, and 351 children and teens every week.
  • 07/22/13
    CDF Freedom Schools® Summer Application Materials
    Resources, including applications, operating principles, estimated budgets and program information for those interested in sponsoring a CDF Freedom Schools site.
  • 06/18/13
    SNAP Works for Children and America
    The Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program (SNAP), formally called Food Stamps, serves children and families by providing targeted assistance to purchase food when they need help most. Since the worst recession in decades began in December 2007, millions of low and middle income parents have lost their jobs and the security of knowing their children would never go to sleep or to school hungry. While these parents work to get their family finances back on track, SNAP has served as a critical support in ensuring their children's daily nutritional needs are met.

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