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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.


American Rescue Plan Anniversary, Child Tax Credit, and Your 2021 Taxes

This week marks the one year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. As co-chair of the Automatic Benefit for Children (ABC) Coalition, the Children’s Defense Fund played a vital role in leading advocacy efforts that ultimately resulted in the inclusion of an expanded and fully inclusive Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the ARP.

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New Report Shows Half of Children are Covered by Medicaid. States Must Ensure These Children Don’t Lose Coverage.

Any gaps in health coverage are harmful for children and their families. Our partners at Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) just released a new report with strategies for states to ensure children don’t lose coverage when the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement ends.

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