Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation committed to equity and justice where children and youth live with dignity, hope, and joy.

Our Focus

Established in 1999, our mission at CDF-Texas focuses on empowerment. We’ve connected more than one million children and youth to affordable health care, supported Texas youth in pursuing education and personal growth, and advocated for resources that nurture the next generation of leaders. Today, we champion policies benefiting Texas families, provide essential resources, and amplify the voices of youth, families, and communities.

Policy Priorities in Texas

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Programs in Texas

CDF-TX Vision Council

CDF-Texas is seeking young professionals ages 25 to 40 to join the CDF Vision Council to drive our work forward through strategic event planning and networking.

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Internships at CDF-TX

CDF-Texas proudly hosts highly skilled college and graduate-level students in our internship program. Collaborating with our staff, interns are essential in nurturing the next generation of advocates and leaders for Texas children and youth.

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News from CDF Texas

  • Child Poverty

    The Child Tax Credit: Moving Forward

    The new Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act doesn’t include all of the improvements that were part of that expansion, but it is still an important step that will benefit approximately 16 million young people—including more than one in three Black and Brown children under 17. …

  • Education

    The Fight Against Texas’ HB 900 is a Fight for Public Education

    “We must ensure our students attend schools that are safe, supportive, and fully funded.”…

  • Education

    CDF-Texas, Partners Urge TX School Districts to Refrain from Rating Library Books According to HB 900

    On Monday, nine organizations, including CDF-TX, sent more than 1,200 superintendents in Texas a letter informing them HB 900 book ratings imposed on booksellers cannot be enforced at this time.…

  • Houston Children’s Sabbath

    Children’s Sabbath is a multi-faith event that encourages places of worship to center their prayers, religious messages, and education programs around the needs and urgent problems that young people face. Additionally, Children’s Sabbath encourages communities to respond with outreach and advocacy to inspire new, year-round efforts dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.…

Stay Connected with Texas

Austin Office

1910 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78702 p: (512) 236-1699

Houston Office

5410 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 203 Bellaire, TX 77401 p: (713) 664-4080

Rio Grande Valley Office

113 Pecan Blvd., Room 109 McAllen, TX 78501 p: (956) 687-5437

East Texas Office

5610 Old Bullard Rd Suite 202 Tyler, TX 75703 p: (903) 253-8325