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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.

Protect children, not guns

Keeping Our Covenant with Children

On Monday the nation paused, again, to mourn the tragic loss of three children to gun violence at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, alongside three adults who cared for them. Again, because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at 19%, firearms are the leading cause of death for children in our country. Again, because according to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year 2023.

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CDF Responds to the President’s Budget

While we are encouraged by President Biden’s proposed expansion of the Child Tax Credit, increased investment into early care and education, and other programs that improve outcomes for children and youth—we call on the President and Congress to further commit to expanding and strengthening supports for this nation’s most marginalized. 

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Program for Youth in Worship — Welcome Home: Young Adults Shaping Holistic Houses of Worship

Children’s Defense Fund’s new initiative, Welcome Home: Young Adults Shaping Holistic Houses of Worship, aims to promote youth involvement in congregations and provide congregations with practical resources, tools, trainings, and support to help them transform and better embody the holistic community wanted by young adults.  

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