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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.







2019-09-24T15:24:11-05:00

Employment Discrimination Hurts Children Too

The Children’s Defense Fund is proud to be among the advocacy organizations who today included our voice in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that uplifts this powerful message: Employment discrimination against LGBTQ people harms children. The brief, submitted by pro bono counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, urges the Court to rule in favor of LGBTQ employees who have confronted workplace discrimination.

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2019-05-09T09:59:46-05:00

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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