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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.


Legislation Should Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Rise in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Vaccines are essential to protecting children, families, and communities, and herd immunity is especially critical for vulnerable children with medical conditions as well as infants too young to be immunized. To maintain and increase vaccine coverage that will ensure necessary herd immunity, parents must have confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, exemptions must be restricted, and existing exemptions must be monitored.

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Ongoing Attacks on SNAP

Today, the Trump administration published a final rule that will weaken SNAP by imposing time limits and work requirements. By USDA’s own estimates, this change will result in nearly 700,000 people losing benefits. Earlier this year, CDF urged the Administration to withdraw this rule as well as other recent proposals to take food from hungry families.

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DACA Termination Flouts this Nation’s Promise to Children

More than a quarter of a million children have at least one parent who is a DACA recipient. Canceling DACA increases the risk of family separation and is in direct contrast to the fundamental promise of the child welfare system that every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, stable and loving family. The Supreme Court must keep this in mind when weighing the arguments it heard yesterday.  

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HHS proposed rule will hurt children

Last Friday, the Trump administration released draft language for a proposed rule that would remove important Obama-era non-discrimination regulations. The rule would reverse a regulation stating that “no person otherwise eligible will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination,” in any program that was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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