Just released: The State of America’s Children® 2021

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Just released-The State of America's Children® 2021

The Children’s Defense Fund is fighting to make
sure every child in America has what they need to thrive.

What the American Rescue Plan means for children and families

What the American Rescue Plan means for children and families

Answers to common questions about the 2021 American Rescue Plan and child allowance.

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365 Days of Impact

How the CDF community helped children reach their full potential in 2020.

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365 Days of Impact

The case for permanently expanding the Child Tax Credit

The one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) is projected to cut child poverty nearly in half. Read more about CDF’s recommendation to expand the CTC.

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What does Biden's COVID relief proposal mean for children
COVID-19 Resources for Families

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Find the tools and information you need to keep your family safe and secure.

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Make a monthly gift today to ensure the needs of children remain front and center. With your support, we will continue fighting nonstop to make sure our children’s voices are heard in the halls of power.

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“One ultimate goal [of CDF Freedom Schools] is for kids to actually be excited about learning and see themselves in what they learn and see the power and potential that reading has in their lives.”

—Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Executive Director, Indian Spring Middle School, CDF Freedom Schools site, Waco, TX

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