Recent Publications

Child Poverty in America 2015 National FactSheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2016 reveal child poverty declined last year to 14.5 million poor children, one million fewer than in 2014, but still higher than before the recession began in 2007.

September 13, 2016

2016 Planning Your Children's Sabbaths

August 18, 2016

2016 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Welcome

August 18, 2016

Family First Prevention Service Act DETAILED SUMMARY

The bipartisan, bicameral Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456, S. 3065) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 13 and in the Senate on June 16. This legislation allows for federal child welfare dollars to be used on prevention investments and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs.

June 21, 2016

MaryLee Allen - Public Comments ESSA Title I Regs

CDF has been advocating for more than 40 years for closing the achievement gap for poor children, Black children and other children of color, children with disabilities, and children with other special needs. CDF has expressed our extreme concerns about the diminished federal role in the new act. However, we believe it is critically important to help states now implement meaningful state accountability systems and measures to promote achievement by vulnerable subgroups of children. The Department’s remaining rulemaking and guidance authority is essential to make that happen.

January 11, 2016

2015 Protect Children, Not Guns Fact Sheet

2014 Child Gun Deaths

December 18, 2015

Summary of the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781), which provides for important new investments in a range of prevention and family services to help keep children safely with family and out of foster care.

October 1, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 National Fact Sheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2015 reveal that child poverty declined slightly in 2014, from 21.5 percent in 2013 to 21.1 percent in 2014. While child poverty rates declined for Hispanic, White and Asian children, Black children saw an increase and continue to have the highest child poverty rate. Despite some decreases child poverty among all children remains at shamefully high levels. One in five children – 15.5 million – were poor in 2014, and children remain the poorest age group in the country.

September 17, 2015

Action Ideas for the 2015 Children's Sabbaths Weekend and Throughout the Year

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths is about more than worship — even though worship is central to the occasion. The weekend, with the insight and inspiration from the experience of worship, aims to generate powerful, faithful sustained action to improve the lives of children. The Children’s Sabbath resource manual usually offers dozens of ideas and suggestions for actions that places of worship might take on the Children’s Sabbath weekend to learn more and raise awareness, reach out and serve directly, and raise voices for justice. This year we are focusing on five key actions. We hope every place of worship will hold a “Bending the Arc Study & Action Circle” to study and act on CDF’s 2015 Ending Child Poverty Now report. Never has it been more important to prevent threatened federal budget cuts to the programs we know lift children out of poverty — ending child poverty requires more investment in these programs, not less. We hope you will also take one or more of the other actions. This focused, united action will amplify the impact of the Children’s Sabbath weekend and strengthen the connection across faith traditions as we unite to improve the lives of children throughout the year.

September 15, 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 28, 2015

2014 Children's Sabbath Manual

Welcome to the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths manual. Whether this is your 23rd celebration or your first, we are so grateful that you are a part of this multi-faith effort. You make a difference in the lives of children and in the life of your place of worship — by connecting the two, you can help make incredible, important things happen that will improve the lives of children in your place of worship, community, and across our nation and at the same time bring new inspiration and excitement to your worshipping community.

October 10, 2014

Child Poverty In America 2013: State Analysis

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.

September 29, 2014

2014 SOAC_child poverty.pdf

Despite great wealth, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty among industrialized countries. Poverty impairs all aspects of a child’s development and can have lifelong detrimental consequences. Poor children are more likely to go hungry and are less likely to be read to during their early years.

January 23, 2014

2013 Sabbath Education Guide

2013 Children’s Sabbath Adult Education Program for use in conjunction with the Children’s Defense Fund Report "Protect Children Not Guns" 2013

May 16, 2013

CDF Freedom Schools Funders Initiative Flyer

Funders Initiative – The CDF Freedom Schools® Funders Initiative is an intensive, one - day professional development and outreach seminar designed to provide investors, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, K - 12 educators, community organizers, members of the business community, and CDF Freedom Schools program alumni with an opportunity to evaluate this dynamic program, and strategize how to seed and sustain it in local communities throughout the country.

January 1, 2013

State of America's Children 2010® Report - Child Poverty

CDF's State of America's Children 2010 report is a compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. This section of the report contains data about child poverty.

May 28, 2010


Factsheet with state specific data on child welfare federal, state and local financing.

January 1, 2010


Factsheet with state specific data on child welfare federal, state and local financing.

January 1, 2010


Factsheet with state specific data on child welfare federal, state and local financing.

January 1, 2010


Factsheet with state specific data on child welfare federal, state and local financing.

January 1, 2010

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