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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.


New Report Finds Deep Child Poverty Rose between 1995 and 2005 Due to Weakened Safety Net Programs

The dismantling of welfare in 1996 ushered in a decade-long increase in the number of children living in families with income below half the poverty line, according to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but that increase has been reversed by the rise of SNAP as the country’s most effective deep-poverty-fighting tool.

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The CMS Medicaid Guidance Promotes Block Grants and Dangerous Cuts to Coverage

The proposed “Healthy Adult Opportunity'' (HOA) program would offers states the option to use block grants and per capita caps for low-income adult populations -- including parents with young children. This is extremely troubling, as we know that when parents lose coverage, their children are more likely to lose coverage as well.

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