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Viewpoints and analysis from the CDF Policy team on issues impacting children. CDF’s policy advocacy focuses on the whole child because children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty and give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.







2020-01-21T11:13:01-05:00

Happening Now: “My Kids Shouldn’t Experience Such Things”

The Trump administration’s immigration policy priorities are shaping an anti-immigrant environment that is harming our children. Children, whether at the Peace Arch, or the southern border or within the interior of this country, are hurting—afraid they might wake up to find loved ones gone, afraid to speak languages that might “get [them] into trouble.”  We must defend them.

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2020-01-14T13:29:04-05:00

Will 11.9 million Poor Children Get Answers in Tonight’s Debate?

More than 20 years and 151 presidential debates have passed without a single question on child poverty. Candidates have been asked about the World Series, cursing in movies, and flag lapel pins but not preventable, costly, and immoral child deprivation in the wealthiest nation on earth. When a child is born into poverty every 51 seconds in America, we cannot afford to wait for our leaders to take this crisis seriously.

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2019-12-20T14:16:58-05:00

How a Tax Credit for Families with Children Could Do More to Fight Poverty

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a powerful tool to stretch the family budget and lift children out of poverty.. From its initiation in 1997 to its recent expansion and inclusion of high-earners in 2017, the CTC has enjoyed bipartisan support. But as conversation about the credit gets louder, it is exciting to see bipartisan enthusiasm for tweaking the CTC to deliver greater benefits for the poorest families.

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