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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.


Our Lessons Only Hold Weight If We Live By Them

In a guest blog post, activist Jessica Kurzban shares a Valentine’s Day call to action for the Children’s Defense Fund community. This Valentine's Day marks three years since the Parkland shooting stole 17 beautiful lives, and over eight years since 20 precious first-graders were horrifically murdered at Sandy Hook. What have we learned? What have we done? What is the promise for tomorrow?

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Congress Is Getting Serious About Fighting Child Poverty: A Review of the Latest Child Allowance Proposals

More than 10 million children were living in poverty in 2019 and the economic crisis created by the pandemic has threatened the security of millions more. These children need fast and flexible assistance. A child allowance would put cash directly into the hands of families with children to spend without restrictions—to put food on the table, keep the lights on, and keep children safely housed.

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Congress Must Break the Stalemate and Act on the Bipartisan Support for the Direct Cash Assistance Families Need

It’s a new year and a new Congress, but some things haven’t changed: the pandemic continues, children and families across the country are in need, and relief isn’t coming quickly enough. Congress should act on the bipartisan support for direct cash assistance and provide $2,000 payments to every adult and child immediately.

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CDF and Partner Organizations Urge Critical Child Tax Credit Changes in the Next COVID Package

A society should be measured by how it treats its children. America will be judged by how we help our children and families who are struggling amidst our parallel crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism. Expanding and improving the child tax credit is a critical step toward living up to our country’s promise to our children.

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