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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 Census Data Shows Children Continued Losing Health Insurance Before the Pandemic Hit

After decades of hard-fought progress bringing the rate of uninsured children to an historic low, today the Census Bureau reported that an estimated 5.7 percent of children under age 19 were uninsured in 2019—an increase of 320,000 more children without health insurance since 2018. This data also confirms what we feared: millions of children and families lacked health insurance even before the COVID-19 crisis hit. And we know loss of health insurance has only worsened in recent months, as high unemployment rates mean many families are losing access to job-based health insurance.

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DeVos’ Attempt to Redirect Pandemic Relief Funds Away from Public Schools Has Been Ruled Illegal

Last month, the Department of Education under the leadership of Secretary DeVos issued a rule that would redirect pandemic relief funding from public schools to private schools. This week, we get to celebrate a small win: a federal judge has ruled this effort illegal and has struck down the policy.

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The Senate Continues to Fail Children and Families as Millions Have Lost Wages and Are Behind on Rent

The COVID relief bill brought to the floor today was an unserious proposal that offered little more than an insult to the millions of families that are continuing to suffer the impacts of this pandemic. Despite the failure of the bill, some Senate Republicans are preparing to head home instead of negotiating a proper package with the Democratic minority. That’s unacceptable.

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The Eviction Moratorium Will Postpone the Coming Wave of Evictions But Congress and the White House Must Do More to Prevent a Housing Crisis

CDC and HHS announced an order to prohibit most evictions nationwide for the rest of the year, which will provide some protection for the 30 to 40 million renters at risk of losing their homes by the end of the year but does not provide them with any resources to cover back rent, utilities, or fees. If nothing more is done, this action will simply postpone, not prevent, the coming wave of evictions. Congress and the White House must return to work and pass key housing provisions.

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Despite Supreme Court Decision Against Terminating DACA, the Threats to the Program Continue to Harm Dreamers and Their Families

As part of its anti-immigrant cruelty, the Trump administration has continuously attempted to end or weaken the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which offers work authorization and temporary relief from detention or deportation for individuals who arrived to the US as children.

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Jacob Blake and the Violence Against Children

We will continue to demand accountability and systemic change on behalf of Black children and families across this country. We urge elected officials at all levels of government to enact policy that pushes further and to seek radical change to dismantle the systems that create tragedies like these.

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A New Investigation Found Waivers to Allow Discrimination in Child Welfare are Not in the Best Interest of Children

The House Committee on Ways and Means recently released the findings of a year-long investigation into a waiver the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted South Carolina in January of last year. CDF was one of 11 organizations asked by Representatives John Lewis and Danny Davis to submit expert testimony for the investigation. We proudly and unequivocally believe that discrimination is never in the best interest of children and that truly serving children requires affirming their identities and the identities of their caregivers.

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