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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.


Recently released data shows about 840,000 fewer children were covered by Medicaid and CHIP in 2018

After years of progress improving children’s health coverage,​ recently released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show we are losing ground: an estimated 840,000 fewer children were covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2018 compared with the year before.

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Extreme Risk Laws: Preventing Tragedies Before They Occur

“I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” This was the chilling comment made by the Parkland shooter in a video posted online in September 2017—more than a year before he took the lives of 17 classmates and injured 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Shamefully, this was just one of many early warning signs.

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HUD’s plan to cut off housing assistance to undocumented immigrants is cruel and vindictive

In its latest attempt to undermine the safety net and intimidate immigrant families, the Trump administration plans to inspect the immigration status of every member of families applying for housing assistance, even members who declare themselves ineligible for assistance during the application process.

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