For over 45 years, the Children’s Defense Fund has equipped policymakers, advocates, and communities with the latest data on children, their health and well-being, and how policies impact their lives.
In this section, you will find reports, fact sheets, policy briefs, and our blog, which features viewpoints and analysis from CDF’s experts about issues impacting children. Some of our most notable publications include The State of America’s Children®, Ending Child Poverty Now, and Protect Children, Not Guns. Our factsheets and policy briefs span the wide array of issues impacting children: child poverty, racial justice, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, child hunger and nutrition, child health, early childhood, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence.
Archives of hundreds of CDF reports published prior to 2007 are available to the public through the University of Tennessee Knoxville Digital Library. These landmark reports led to important improvements in policies and programs for children over the past five decades. Visit the archive here.
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Our Blog: In Defense of Children
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. Read the latest on our blog.
Reports and Policy Briefs
Explore CDF’s recent fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, statements, and letters. You can filter by policy area, or search our publications using keywords. Learn more and download resources here.
Marian Wright Edelman’s Child Watch® Column
Our founder and lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans, Marian Wright Edelman writes Child Watch®, a weekly column sharing her perspective on current events. Read the column and subscribe to receive it weekly here.
Report: The State of America’s Children 2021
A society must be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable—and most valuable—members: its children. Within this report you will find stories, statistics, data and trends that show in the clearest terms how we are failing our children. Learn more.
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